Revamped bar and restaurant at Cheshire hotel signals start of £2.5m overhaul by brewery family owners

The first part of a £2.5m refurbishment at Cheshire’s Alderley Edge Hotel has been unveiled, in the form of the revamped bar and restaurant.

The new airy bar and open plan restaurant area have been spruced up and modernised, with contemporary furnishings and a more classic dining menu.

The hotel’s owners, the Manchester-based brewery family JW Lees, say the changes are all part of making a more “relaxed and informal ambiance” at the hotel – in a bid to appeal to a wider range of customers in the area.

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This bar and restaurant update is just the first phase of the general revamp, with the hotel’s large function rooms and connecting suites next on the hit list, before the job is completed with the refurb of the 50 boutique bedrooms.

William Lees-Jones, managing director of JW Lees, said: “Opening the new bar and restaurant at Alderley Edge Hotel is our first major investment in our 190th year.

“Alderley Edge Hotel in Cheshire is our most prized asset and it is our aim to be best in class, with a flagship hotel that we can be very proud of.

“JW Lees is a lot more than a just a brewery and our investment in hotels and inns continued to grow with major developments planned for 2018.”

The four-star Cheshire hotel is based inside a former 19th century country house and is known as one of the leading wedding venues in the area, owing largely to the private grounds that surround it.

The 3 AA rosette restaurant has a strong reputation already but, as part of the revamp, but tasting menus have been replaced with a full menu of classic dishes.

John Scott, general manager at the Alderley Edge Hotel, said: “Our challenge is to realise the vision of the Lees-Jones family, who own Alderley Edge Hotel and to reinforce the hotel as the best boutique hotel in Cheshire.

“It’s not just about the décor and services but we are aiming to create a modern and welcoming space for people to escape, relax and enjoy beautiful food and drink. It’s a fantastic evolution that has evolved over the 30 years since JW Lees first acquired the hotel.”

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