Markington hotel set to close its doors

The owners of a country hotel near Ripon have announced it is to close next year – after nearly three decades of welcoming guests.

The Hob Green Hotel in Markington will shut its doors on January 19.

Although the hotel has been highly regarded over almost 30 years, the upkeep of the old building and its acres of award-winning gardens have been largely a labour of love.

Director Charles Hutchinson said: “Sadly, with the rising costs of running such an establishment, it has become unsustainable.

“We wish to thank general manager Chris Ashby, head chef Chris Taylor and the hotel’s loyal staff and our customers who gave Hob Green Hotel the X-factor.

“Long may it live in the memories of many as a charming country-house hotel with service, food and Yorkshire views that were unsurpassable.”

Hob Green was converted from a family home by Michael and Prue Hutchinson in 1982, creating one of the first country-house hotels in North Yorkshire.

This week’s announcement is accompanied by a request for people to send in their memories and anecdotes about their time at Hob Green to be entered into a prize draw.

The winner and a guest will be invited to the last Sunday lunch on January 15.

Entries can be sent to the hotel, or emailed to info@hobgreen.com. For further information, telephone Hob Green Hotel on 01423 770031.