AFTER years of delays, a new multi-million-pound restaurant and events venue is finally set to open at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.
The Champion has reported how the development has been hit by ongoing delays caused by the pandemic and issues with the previous contractor.
But it has now been confirmed that The Lake House will open its doors to the public for the first time on August 22 to offer a new café and restaurant, called The Lake Kitchen, led by head chef Matt Cox, as well as four conference and events spaces and 14 refurbished rooms for accommodation.
The Lake House will sit alongside the leisure facilities operated at Crosby Lakeside, which is owned by Sefton Council.
The new development is being led by Sefton Hospitality Operations Ltd (SHOL) and its team of hospitality specialists - and a recruitment drive is already underway to find 70 new members of staff.
SHOL’s chair Kellie Rixon, who is also the chair of the Institute of Hospitality, said: “The Lake House has been created with the local community at its core and regeneration has been a key objective.
“We believe the venue will help to further propel Waterloo and this area of Sefton’s fantastic coastline into the national arena.
“People have been waiting for this, and we want to provide a space that you can enjoy with your family and friends, which is right on your doorstep.”
The Lake House is one of a collective of properties that are being considered for redevelopment as part of a strategy for reinvestment throughout Sefton.
Kellie said: “There is a real emotional connection to this site. We have tried to do is amplify that and to build on the memories that already exist here and to take it forward into the next part of its history.
“The team leading this are experts within our field and that is why we are here; to make this a success.
“It’s brilliant to see everything coming together, and we’re really looking forward to unveiling our offering and showing people exactly what we are all about.