A hotel in Malmesbury has reopened after an extensive renovation under new ownership in a deal between Arkell Brewery and two experienced hospitality industry operators.
The Kings Arms Hotel is being operated by Simon Haggarty, who boasts 35 years’ sector experience, and his wife Marianne Hofstra, whom he met whilst a cashier in Claridge’s as part of his training with The Savoy Group over three decades ago.
Haggarty’s first management stint was at The Manor House in Castle Coombe.
Now they are joint tenants of the Malmesbury hotel, who has been closed for the last two months to undergo the transformation, and will work alongside managing director of Arkell Brewery, George Arkell.
Home to 12 bedrooms, The Kings Arms is also set to open four new rooms in two months’ time as part of the expansion project.
The bar and restaurant have also been revamped.
Speaking to the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, Haggarty said: “Originally the ground floor was only going to get a bit of paint but George Arkell agreed to make a big statement to establish The Kings Arms as the focal point of the town.
“We had to close to make a wow statement for Malmesbury.”