The award-winning Battlesteads Hotel in Wark has been granted £1.25m in funding from HSBC to expand and create jobs. The hotel, which is considered to be one of the finest hotels in Northumberland and was named Hotel of the Year at the 2017 North East England Tourism Awards, will use the funding to acquire two residential properties and add to its management team. Battlesteads is a hotel, restaurant and pub, championing Northumberland with much of its menu serving local produce, and it is the only hotel in the UK with its own observatory. Battlesteads is also an eco-hotel, and thanks to the new funding, its two new properties near to the hotel mean that staff can live nearby and not have to drive to work, lowering its carbon footprint. This funding is great news, ensuring that Battlesteads only continues to get better!