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Kathryn Gracey has been appointed as the new general manager of The Marine Hotel, Tankerton in Whitstable, which will re-open its doors ready for Easter following a £1.6m transformation by Britain’s Oldest Brewer, Shepherd Neame.
Kathryn is exchanging her city lifestyle as manager of a large restaurant bar in York city centre, for a sea view and beachside residence overseeing the restyled hotel’s 30 bedrooms, two function rooms, restaurant, bar and coffee lounge.
Originally from County Down, Northern Ireland, she has spent the last 20 years in the UK hospitality industry, since graduating from Leeds University. She will lead a team of 30, which includes the creation of ten new jobs at the hotel.
Says Kathryn, “I was very excited when I discovered the opportunity to manage The Marine. It presented me with a new professional challenge as well as a new lifestyle on a beautiful part of the east Kent coastline. Shepherd Neame’s plans for the refurbishment were a big draw and the results are certainly impressive.
“The aim is to build on The Marine’s existing reputation and make it the leading local hotel by leveraging its seaside location as a popular destination and a superb setting for weddings. We’ll also be building the daytime trade through the new Orangery and coffee lounge.”
The Marine Hotel is ideally placed for exploring the popular seaside town of Whitstable with a day trip to Canterbury also within easy-reach.