September will see a new boutique hotel brand launch with the opening of The Mitre, Hampton Court.
The Signet Collection, founded by former COO of Longshot, owners of Beaverbrook and Bel & the Dragon Group, Hector Ross, will open the first hotel in the group this year following a complete refurbishment.
F&B for the portfolio will be headed up by culinary and operations director Ronnie Kimbugwe, whose background includes stints with the Gordon Ramsay group at Claridges and 10 years with the Bel & the Dragon country inns.
The Mitre is a Grade-II listed property which dates back to 1665 and comprises 36 bedrooms and a 60-cover riverside all-day dining and wine bar, a 70-cover brasserie and bar and a 60-cover Orangery, plus meeting rooms and private dining areas.
The Signet Collection is expected to expand over the next few years in the UK, made up of ‘several destination-defining properties’.
Ross comments: “We start with a special place. Our hotels have history, stories to tell. Each one is imbued with generations of tales, legacies, myths and legends. We unearth this history, these stories. We restore them, reimagining them, passing them on for our guests to enjoy, layered with a British sense of humour, top-notch F&B and memorable experiences.”
Interior designer Nicola Harding, known for her work on the Garden House at Beaverbrook and The Rose Hotel in Deal, is the creative lead behind The Signet Collection and transformation of The Mitre, which is said to combine ‘quirky British sensibility with elegant authentic luxury’.