Marriage ceremony location opened on the farm on the in style County Durham resort

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A popular hotel and pub has opened its third wedding location after a year of delays.

The South Causey Inn in Stanley is an independent hotel with wedding facilities, a restaurant, pub and cocktail bar that has been run by the Moiser family for more than 14 years.

The company already had two popular wedding locations – The Durham Suite, which can accommodate 150 guests, and The Old Barn, which can accommodate up to 200 guests.

To meet the growing demand for its wedding facilities, the company decided to create a new venue called The Farmhouse, which will have a ceremony room, cocktail lounge, dining room and a number of bedroom suites for guests.

In 2020, when plans for the new development were underway, the pandemic hit, forcing the company to postpone or cancel more than 400 planned weddings.

It was also forced to postpone the opening of the new wedding venue, which is an updated 150-year-old farmhouse on its own grounds at the tip of the Beamish Valley. To support the company, the company secured a seven-digit coronavirus business interruption loan (CBIL) through Lloyds Bank.

This helped the company cover fixed costs and overheads while it continued to focus on building the new wedding location.

When restrictions were eased in May, the South Causey Inn reopened its doors and began holding ceremonies in limited capacity according to government guidelines.

Meanwhile, the first ceremonies have taken place in the new location and the company hopes to hold 250 ceremonies by the rest of the year – if the restrictions ease as expected.

Susan Moiser, director of the South Causey Inn said, “The pandemic has been extremely difficult for the wedding industry and for couples forced to change their plans for their special day.

“We saw all 400 of our bookings being interrupted, which was incredibly difficult for us. Fortunately, we have a long-standing relationship with Lloyds Bank, which stood by our side again during these challenging times.

“At the moment our main concern is the health and safety of our customers, so we will continue to offer reduced wedding services.

“If everything goes well, we hope to be able to offer the full wedding experience again from June, as soon as the restrictions are relaxed further, and to be able to enjoy a strong second half of the year.”

William Harvey, Relationship Manager at Lloyds Bank, said: “Towards the end of last year, the UK wedding industry was estimated to have lost around £ 4.8 billion.

“That means more than 127,000 couples have had to postpone their weddings, which has had a huge impact on companies like South Causey Inn.

“The Moiser family have shown exceptional resilience to withstanding the brunt of the pandemic and we have been happy to support them through this difficult time.

“As lockdown restrictions continue to ease in the coming weeks, we will continue to stand by companies if they want to recover this year.”