Golf club invests £2m in boutique hotel expansion project


A golf and country club in Lancashire is investing more than £2m in a project that will see a new 26-bed hotel and restaurant built on site.

Oak Royal Golf and Country Club in Withnell will expand its facilities at the nine-hole course, which opened in 2007, and will officially launch the new additions in July and August.

The hotel will aim to be of four-star quality, while The Lark Hill restaurant will have room for around 80 diners with a terrace overlooking the Lancashire hills.

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Hotel manager Kenny Arnott said the intention will be to attract those looking for a golf retreat and in search of fine food in an area of natural beauty.

The new hotel will feature 26 bedrooms, including three suites and the property will also have the ability to host weddings and functions on site.

The restaurant is named after Lark Hill, a nearby landmark visible from the first floor dining room.
Also part of the refurbishment is a separate glass-bordered walkway from the car park, so diners do not have to enter through the golf club reception.

The menu at The Lark Hill Restaurant will include ‘classics with a twist’ such as Lancashire hotpot.
Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, He said: "The restaurant and hotel is a bold investment and we will be providing high quality food and accommodation in terrific surroundings.

"We will be recruiting around 30 staff and our whole enterprise will be built on the quality of our service.

"The three-storey hotel is built upon the existing golf club house, and we believe it is in keeping with the natural charm of the area.

"It’s our belief that there are very few others offering this type of accommodation and food in the area.

"The only factor in the hotel facilities not being five-star quality is that we will not have swimming pool and spa facilities."