Lord Crewe Arms in Northumberland has opened The Gatehouse, a new and reinvented concept of a chef’s table.
The hotel, part of the Cotswolds’ rooted Calcot Collection, has given the 15th-century gatehouse located next to The Lord Crewe’s main entrance a complete overhaul, remodelling its look and purpose.
The property is home to a demonstration kitchen and three first-floor reception rooms, designed as a chef’s table choice for dinner parties and also play host to small weddings, meetings and cinema nights.
The building has been unused and empty since The Lord Crewe Arms opened in April 2014 and relaunched as a 21-bedroom foodie pub with rooms.
Driven by the market direction and consumer’s hospitality patterns and trends, The Gatehouse puts the kitchen and head chef Simon Hicks centre stage, who will deliver ‘shennanigan-free British food’ within the new concept.
Hicks will also host a series of guest chef’s table evenings where he will invite names from across London and the North East’s food scene to participate, including sister hotel Barnsley House’s head chef Francesco Volgo, who will be heading up to The Gatehouse in July.
The space can cater for private dinners from eight to 18 guests, and has been designed with a contemporary vibe inspired by its surroundings by The Calcot Collections interior design director, Nicky Farquhar.
“The Gatehouse’s return to life as a historic Blanchland gem further enhances the various contemporary offerings of The Lord Crewe Arms,” comments general manager, Tommy Mark. “We can now feature a far greater and more varied selection of special events that draw on the character and scale of The Lord Crewe Arms by staging them in their own dedicated space – yet just around the corner from the hotel’s hub and its pub, such activity has a clear sense of being under the same umbrella.”
The Lord Crewe Arms at Blanchland operates alongside The Calcot Collection’s three sister properties in the Cotswolds. The 35-bedroom Calcot (near Tetbury) is the collection’s flagship with the 18-bedroom Barnsley House (plus The Village Pub) and The Painswick – as a 16 bedroom ‘restaurant-with-rooms’