Meadow Brown Restaurants, a family-owned business in Peterborough, has taken over Woodland Manor, an 18th century hotel in Bedford, after securing a six-figure funding package from HSBC UK.
Owned by husband and wife Raj and Neera Regmi, Meadow Brown Restaurants successfully manages Lakeside Kitchen and Bar and Ferry Meadows Café in Peterborough.
With ambitions to grow the business, the duo set their sights on Woodland Manor and used part of the funding to take over the lease of the building and will now carry out a renovation.
The aim is to increase turnover by 25% in the next 12 months following the makeover.
Raj Regmi, co-owner of Meadow Brown Restaurants, commented: “Woodland Manor is a beautiful old building set in four acres of stunning woodland gardens. When we took over the reins in 2018, we had every confidence in building the venue’s reputation as a beautiful wedding and events venue. The funding from HSBC UK has allowed us to make subtle changes to the internal look and feel of the manor, improve the menu and build better links with the local community.
“We’ve got 30 weddings booked so far in 2019 and I anticipate that these changes will enable us to more than triple that number in the next twelve months.”
Woodland Manor Hotel was used as a guest house and hospital for the Ministry of Supply after World War II before being used as research establishment and eventually becoming a hotel in 1973.
The hotel comprises 23 rooms, a bar, restaurant and events facilities and is building its reputation as a conference and wedding venue.