Venue entrepreneur to bring 17th century hall back to life

The owner of a popular Teesside restaurant is bringing a 17th century venue back to life with the opening of a new eatery, The Stables at Pinchinthorpe Hall.

The restaurant is the culmination of part one of Simon Fletcher’s three-tiered plan to renovate Pinchinthorpe and create not only a top-class restaurant, but an events and wedding venue together with a boutique hotel.

Simon, owner of Middlesbrough’s Baker Street Kitchen, fell in love with Pinchinthorpe Hall, near Guisborough, during lockdown and saw in it the potential for greatness.

“There’s been a building on this site since the 12th century, but the hall as you see it today was started back in the 1600s and had various extensions added over the years until around the 1800s,” Simon explains proudly.

Certainly, there are few who could fail to be moved by Pinchinthorpe’s rugged beauty, watched over by the majestic Roseberry Topping.

“When I found the hall on the internet I knew immediately it was the project I’d been dreaming of,” says Simon, who began his career as a chef and then manager of a venue very similar to Pinchinthorpe – the Michelin-starred Old Vicarage in Sheffield.

“I’d been looking for another business for about 18 months,” he adds.

“Baker Street Kitchen is doing really well and I couldn’t be happier with the team there.

“I knew the management could handle things without me and that the time was right to move onto the next challenge.”

Simon aims to turn Pinchinthorpe Hall into one of the region’s premier venues. Already he has completed phase one, the creation of The Stables at Pinchinthorpe, a Covid-friendly, 72-seat restaurant which opens on Wednesday, November 4.

The Stables offers a mix of fine dining and gastro pub staples in a state-of-the-art setting. It is located to the left of the main hall with its own entrance and separate car park.

“I was lucky that the kitchen was new and the bar was in place already, so I’ve just done a bit more work to update the space, put our stamp on it and given it that warm and premium feel,” Simon explains.

With bookings already coming in, the team are looking forward to opening night, though Simon does admit to waking up in a cold sweat at times.

“I’ve lost some sleep!” he laughs. “But I’m confident that The Stables will be a success.

“We have a great head chef in Shaun who has come over from Baker Street Kitchen and a great general manger in Joe, who I worked with at Cena and who was manager at the Devonport.”

Once the restaurant starts to bring in a steady cashflow, its will be all systems go to finish the ground floor of the hall, which already has two wedding receptions and a wreath making course booked in before the end of the year.

Following that, it’s the turn of the six bedrooms to be renovated and the hotel to get up and running.

“We hope to be open by spring/summer 2021, Covid permitting,” says Simon.

“What I’d really love is for Pinchinthorpe Hall to be the place people come for all their needs – private dining, corporate events, christening parties, wakes.

“We have the space and the vision and the determination to make this a venue to remember.”

For more information about the Hall or to reserve a table at The Stables restaurant, visit pinchinthorpehall.com.