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Hotel to close as tenants say buying it is not an option

 
Created on 12/09/2018 @ 15:43
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One of the area's well-known hotel and eateries have revealed they are to close the business after its owners said they would not renew the lease.
 
Nick and Jo Davies have run the Lion Hotel, Llandinam for seven years but will hand back the keys on 15 October.

The couple decided not to take up an option to buy the hotel after a structural survey highlighted a need for significant investment.
 
During their time at the Lion Hotel, the couple won two Powys Business Awards and was named Best Hotel Restaurant in Mid Wales at the Food Awards Wales for the past two years.
 
The hotel employs 10 full and part-time staff who have all achieved qualifications through Cambrian Training Company.
 
“We are very disappointed that we have to leave due to circumstances beyond our control,” said Nick. “We would like to thank our staff, customers and suppliers for their loyal support over the past seven years and will miss them all.
 
“We have built an award-winning team at the Lion Hotel and every member of our excellent staff has benefited from a learning programme, which has given them a good grounding in the catering and hospitality industry. Hopefully, they will not find it difficult to secure new jobs.
 
“Jo and I have worked hard and long hours to make the business a success and we now plan to spend time with our children, explore other employment opportunities and bring some reality back to our lives.
 
“I don’t know if I would want to run another restaurant at present because of the financial pressures on small businesses, particularly in rural areas. In five years, I fear there will be very few independent restaurants left because small businesses are being squeezed.”
 
A former Culinary Team Wales member, Nick has worked in the catering and hospitality industry for 33 years, while Jo is a former training assessor.

Photo: The Lion Hotel at Llandinam

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