Ramside Estates, the North East hotel, restaurant and bar operator, is opening a pub-bistro with rooms in Sedgefield, MCA understands.

The former Hope Inn on Front Street will reopen as The Impeccable Pig after a £1.5m-£2m refurbishment.

The concept will serve “top class food in a bistro-style setting”, with 10 individual luxury pig-themed bedrooms.

The group also operates hotels Hardwick Hall and Bowburn Hall, and bars Colonel Porter’s Emporium and Beyond Bar, both in Newcastle.