The Draco Pub Company has announced the purchase of the Kings Arms Hotel in Dorchester, marking the group’s fourth property in its portfolio.
The Somerset-based company has acquired three coaching inns since it was formed in 2011 – The Swan and The White Hart in Somerset and most recently, Timbrell’s Yard in Bradford-on-Avon, which opened in March 2015 of this year following a £1.5m refurbishment.
The 37-bedroom Kings Arms Hotel will become the fourth member of the group that focuses on breathing new life into historic inns.
The hotel fell into administration in January and was then acquired several months later by Draco.
The hotel will now undergo a refurbishment, once planning permission is secured, and Draco hopes to reopen the property in early 2017.
Draco’s award-winning kitchens are overseen by executive chef Tom Blake, formerly head chef at River Cottage, who has built up a strong network of West Country farmers and suppliers to support the menus throughout the group.
Rob Greacen, managing director of the Draco Group, said: “We are honoured to be the new custodians of The Kings Arms Hotel. It is a very special place, an iconic and much loved local landmark and we’re delighted at the prospect of refurbishing such a historical gem to the first rate standard that it deserves.”