Wiltshire hotelier set to return to Old Bell Hotel in Warminster

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A WILTSHIRE hotelier is set to return to the Warminster Hotel where he began his bartending career over 40 years ago.

James Sullivan-Tailyour, 62, has taken over management of The Old Bell Hotel after a career that has taken him around the world.

He is set to reopen the 17th century 15-room coaching hotel in Market Place, Warminster, after it closed more than two years ago.

Mr Sullivan-Tailyour said: ‘I come from the Warminster area and my first job in the hospitality industry was at The Old Bell Hotel in 1978.

“I worked as a bartender and as my career progressed I was gradually given more responsibility for locking up in the evenings.”

He went on to obtain a degree in hotel management and had a 30-year career that spanned the United States of America, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Thailand, Bali and the Maldives before return to the UK 10 years ago.

The Wadworth premises are due to reopen in April under new management and under the Wiltshire Inns brand.

As part of Wiltshire Inns, The Old Bell will join The Swan Hotel in Bradford on Avon under the same banner.

As owner and operator, Mr. Sullivan-Tailyour has run the Swan Hotel in Bradford on Avon for over 10 years.

He is looking to develop The Old Bell Hotel in a similar style to create a welcoming downtown boutique hotel with a thriving pub that aims to offer something for everyone.

“I want to recreate a vibrant downtown hotel that is part of the community, with a pub, restaurant and Thai restaurant.

“The Thai restaurant will be an important part of our offering, so we are in the process of converting the ‘Chimes Bar’ into our Thai restaurant, The Thai Chilli.

“We will focus on the delivery of authentic Thai cuisine by our team of Thai chefs and Thai dishes will be available for lunch and dinner. We will also offer a takeaway service.

Since Warminster no longer has a Thai restaurant, Mr Sullivan-Tailyour hopes it will be a welcome addition to the town.

The hotel will also provide quality accommodation for business and leisure travelers, he said.

“A number of rooms will be family-friendly and the hotel will also offer dog-friendly rooms. In addition, the function room will be available for parties, celebrations and other events.

After two years of closure, The Old Bell Hotel is currently a hive of activity as Mr Sullivan-Tailyour and his team of entrepreneurs spend the next six weeks getting everything ready for reopening.

And jobs will be offered to people in the local community who want to start or develop their career in the hospitality industry.

He added: “The hotel will be looking for team members to join them in all areas; bar and restaurant staff, breakfast chefs, cleaners, handyman and Thai speaking staff for the hotel’s Thai restaurant.

“We will be hosting an open interview day on Thursday, March 10 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 4 and 7 p.m.

Candidates can simply introduce themselves or if they wish, CVs can be sent to [email protected]

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