Twenty new jobs are being created at an historic Market Harborough hotel as part of a £800,000 refurbishment scheme.
Kevin Charity, managing director of The Bulldog Group, which bought The Three Swans, in High Street, last June, said the workers will be needed by the end of March.
Kitchen, bar and waiting staff will all be required for a new all-day eatery at the hotel.
The plan is for the restaurant to operate from the morning, selling coffee and cakes, through to serving evening dinner.
Mr Charity said: “It’s all part of bringing this historic hotel back to its former glory.
The Bulldog Group has been systematically upgrading the 60-bed hotel, restaurant and conference centre since October.
Improvements include a £150,000 state-of-the-art kitchen, an ongoing refurbishment of all the bedrooms and a complete exterior overhaul.
Mr Charity has said: “It’s a big spend, but we believe The Three Swans deserves it.
“It’s a focal point in Harborough and a big asset to the town.”
The hotel already has a staff of about 70 people, making it one of the town’s biggest employers.
The hotel dates back to the 16th century and famous guests have included King Charles I before the Battle of Naseby.
For more details about the new jobs, call 01858 466644.