The Great Northern hotel in Peterborough – often the first sight visitors disembarking from the train see when they come through the station. Now it seems the owners are struggling to get punters through the doors, suggesting that Peterborough residents should be using the hotel and it’s facilities more.
I’ve commented on an article in today’s Peterborough ET but their website loses all the formatting so I thought I would regurgitate it as a post on here.
You can read the original ET article here, below is my original comment…
As Candidus has said, the hotel aspect of the Great Northern is unlikely to be used by those living in Peterborough, leaving just the bar and restaurant of which neither cross my mind as a venue when planning a night out.
Perhaps the Great Northern should embark on better (if any already exists) marketing to make locals and travellers alike aware of the facilities. There is a lot of choice for people looking to spend their money so the Great Northern is doing something wrong if people aren’t choosing to spend it there.
Again as Candidus mentioned, Prezzo’s is busy most nights which I would imagine is partially due to the 2-for-1 deals regularly available. This is also true for other chains like PizzaExpress and ASK.
To me, Jim’s Bistro was a breath of fresh air when it opened, finally giving diners something a bit more interesting on the menu. With the Beehive currently being refurbished by the team behind Jim’s Bistro, the Great Northern is going to have some competition.
The Windmill in Orton Waterville is the same – a destination restaurant serving good food with great surroundings.
I have long thought that Peterborough is lacking a respectable independent steak house. Maybe the restaurant could make that a speciality without all the pomp?
So come on Great Northern – market yourselves, tell us WHY we should come to you? Having the railway station on the doorstep isn’t much of a draw for locals and when it comes to the crunch, most probably couldn’t care less if it was demolished (it would make the Station Quarter plans a bit more interesting for a start).
I eat out in Peterborough at few times every month and enjoy trying new restaurants but the Great Northern honestly never enters my mind. I’ve since looked at the menu of their Carriages Restaurant and it certainly looks good (if not a little on the pricey side) so it would make an ideal place to have an anniversary dinner or to celebrate a birthday, but would I book for dinner on a normal Saturday night?
What are your experiences of the Great Northern? Let me know by leaving a comment below. (Please note, I’ll be moderating any Helen Clark comments)
(Photo copyright of Alex Drennan)