18 Dec Mellors of Skelmersdale buys the Barton Grange Hotel
The Preston-based Barton Grange Group has announced its decision to sell the Barton Grange Hotel as it seeks to refocus its business on Barton Grange Garden Centre and the Flower Bowl.
The 51-room Hotel with two function rooms, a restaurant, gym and swimming pool, has been purchased by Skelmersdale’s Mellors Catering Services, one of the UK’s leading contract catering specialists. They also own the 81 Bedroom Lancashire Manor Hotel at Pimbo, Skelmersdale.
Mellors Catering Services began life as a bakery shop on Lord street in Southport in 1840, expanding into wholesale bakeries and coffee shops, before establishing the catering business in 1995. Beside the Lancashire Manor Hotel, Mellors now operates over 285 on-site catering contracts in business and education premises across northern England.
Managing Director, Guy Topping, who is grandson of the original owners, said the Barton Grange Group are extremely pleased that the Hotel has been bought by Mellors.
“Like us, they are an award-winning, family company and we know they will continue the traditions of excellent hospitality and first-class customer service for which the Hotel is known.”
The Barton Grange Hotel, opened by Edward and Ada Topping in 1951, was the first business to be established under the Barton Grange name. It has an enviable reputation as a venue for weddings, conferences and events, and will continue to offer all these services under the new ownership and with current staff.
“We are really excited with the purchase of Barton Grange Hotel with its excellent reputation and quality standards. All the hotel staff are transferring to our employment, and what a professional and dedicated team they are. It’s been a delight to work with them over the transfer period. We also welcome Andrea Burton as the new Hotel General Manger, a Resident of Preston with many years of experience in the Hotel Industry in Senior positions. Andrea will lead our plans for further investment and development of the Great opportunity this Hotel presents to us. Thanks to all our future guests in supporting the hotel and a very Merry Christmas.“
Mark Timmerman, Managing Director, Mellors
Commenting on his family’s decision to sell, Guy Topping said: “With the successful opening of the Flower Bowl last year, alongside the thriving Garden Centre, it was inevitable that our focus would become concentrated on our site at Brock.
Our plan is to continue developing and improving the Garden Centre and to set new standards in the delivery of leisure facilities in the UK. It’s a very exciting time for our business.”
We look forward to seeing Barton Grange Hotel flourish under Mellors!