The Black Lion in Long Melford has now unveiled its new look after a four-month refurbishment project by owners The Chestnut Group.
The hotel, country pub and restaurant is now open for business, with its bar, drawing room, conservatory, dining areas and 10 bedrooms given a overhaul that started soon after the Chestnut Group acquired the property at the end of July from the Jarvis family.
The refurbishment project was designed to ‘embrace the character and history’ of the building.
Five of the bedrooms have already been converted, with a previously underused dining space having been transformed to add more light with an ornate lantern ceiling.
The group has been able to retain and restore many of the hotel’s original features, including 22 sash windows.
Now the Black Lion joins the other properties in the Chestnut Group portfolio, which was founded in 2012, including the Packhorse Inn, near Newmarket, The Rupert Brooke in Cambridge, The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds, The White Horse in Easton near Framlingham and The Blackbirds Inn near Newmarket.
Philip Turner, founder of the Chestnut Group, said: “The Black Lion has a great history and fits our portfolio perfectly. “Our team members and the local community are passionate about this site and are very excited about this new chapter in its history.”
The company says the menu features ‘uncomplicated and simple British food, influenced by the seasons, the land and the sea’.
The Black Lion team also includes the first graduate of The Chestnut Academy. The Academy was set up in 2015 to offer vocational training and a guaranteed management position for those wanting a career in hospitality.