There is little, or no information history on this building before 1930 which can be found in Jarrow town centre. the Ben Lomond as it was known back in the 1930’s, was run as a residential hotel it remained so until the 1970’s.
The exterior of the building has never changed and is as grand a structure now as it was back in the 30’s. However, this did not go for the interior, sadly it suffered badly. It was rented from Newcastle Breweries by Derek Armstrong, owner of both the Cavalier Club and the County Hotel, he brought the interior up to a very high standard and renamed the building to The Viking. Sadly by about 1995/6 it had fallen back in-to disrepair and came close to being demolished.
This is where Witherspoons stepped in, bought the property and refurbished the grand old building as well as changing the name back to its original name of The Ben Lomond.