Stanbrook Abbey Hotel in Worcester, owned and operated by Hand Picked Hotels, has marked the completion of a £4.2m renovation with the official opening of new restaurant, The Refectory Dining Room & Terrace.
The launch event, hosted by Julia Hands, chairman & CEO of Hand Picked Hotels and Gordon Burniston, Stanbrook Abbey Hotel’s general manager with guest of honour Mike Forrester, president of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, welcomed clients and special guests from the local community, and those involved in the project, to celebrate the opening with a Champagne reception and canapés from head chef David Humphreys.
Hands commented: “With such a unique building, we were keen to respect its heritage and carefully reconfigure the space in order to inject new energy into its walls and re-position the hotel as a premium, vibrant destination for dining, entertaining, meeting and celebrating within Worcester.”
As part of the renovation, the Grade-II listed abbey has added 15 new bedrooms to its offering, taking the total room count at the hotel to 70. New feature rooms Pugin and Ashlin are named after the architects involved in the design of the original abbey at the turn of the 16th century, while eight new bedrooms are housed in the old school house.
The design of the new restaurant, located in the original nun’s dining room, showcases the original features of the hall such as hand-carved wood panelling, arched stone windows and stained glass.
This renovation, representing the first phase of development at the iconic Grade II listed abbey following its acquisition by Hand Picked Hotels in 2017, took five months to complete.
The renovation project also includes the overhaul of St Anne’s Hall function suite.
Stanbrook Abbey’s general manager Gordon Burniston commented, “We are delighted with the results of this renovation project which has seen Stanbrook Abbey transformed. Our new restaurant has opened up the ground floor space dramatically and is now a real destination in itself, plus, with the addition of a top-to-toe makeover of St Anne’s and 15 new bedrooms, we are thrilled to now offer local residents and guests visiting the region a reinvigorated community hotel which celebrates its rich heritage within the Worcestershire landscape.”