A POPULAR pub and hotel is set to reopen following a two-year closure.

The George, in Piercebridge, near Darlington, which has been closed for more than two years, is set to reopen as part of Best Western’s Sure Collection.

New signage has appeared outside the venue.

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It is expected to open later in the summer.

The hotel closed in 2020 after the owners went into administration.

The Northern Echo: Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

It followed court action against six companies, each owning a separate hotel under the Shepherd Cox Hotel Brand, making about 100 people redundant.

The George, on the banks of the River Tees, is a historic coaching inn, with parts of the building dating back to the 17th century.

It is reportedly haunted, boasting several ghosts and the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin is also said to have stayed there.

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It was originally called The Bridge, but subsequently changed its name to The George, with its sign depicting King George III.

Best Western has been contacted for comment.

The Northern Echo: The George will be part of the Sure Hotel collection by Best WesternThe George will be part of the Sure Hotel collection by Best Western

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