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Portstewart guesthouse popular with North West 200 fans closes

By Clare Weir

A guesthouse in Portstewart has gone into administration.

Billed as 'four-star accommodation with grill room', it is understood that The York on Station Road closed its doors on Monday night and Gary Borland at KPMG has been appointed as administrator. Mr Borland was unavailable for comment last night.

The well-positioned premises had been run by the Pollock family and the area is known as York Corner. The venue was a popular destination for visitors to the North West 200 races.

Last March, Richard John Pollock (44) of Knockancor Drive, Portstewart, a director of York Inn Leisure & Retail Ltd, was disqualified for seven years.

The York Hotel had previously gone into liquidation in 2011 with total assets available for unsecured creditors of £25,085, liabilities to unsecured creditors of £642,243, and an estimated deficiency as regards creditors of £617,158.

Independent Coleraine councillor Christine Alexander said the closure would be bad news for staff and disappointing for residents and visitors alike.

"Portstewart has been enjoying a comeback with lots of good hotels and restaurants attracting tourists from home and abroad," she said. "It was a shock for local people on Monday night to hear that it had been closed. The hotel had been associated with the Pollock family for some time and was a good local employer.

"I'm disappointed for the staff and it is unfortunate that a potentially good business has gone into administration, it is the last thing that the area needs."

Ulster Unionist councillor Norman Hillis, who also sits on the Causeway Coast and Glens Tourism Partnership Board, said that the venue was synonymous with the North West 200.

"The York is certainly a big part of Portstewart and has been for generations," he said. "When you think of the North West 200 you think of York Corner and the parasols and people enjoying the races from the confines of the bar.

"Portrush and Portstwart are becoming known as foodie destinations and with the drive on to increase tourism, we need more hotels and restaurants, not less.

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