Highdown Hotel in Worthing has been taken over by pub company Brunning and Price, which is refurbishing the hotel, pub and tea rooms after an abrupt closure in July.
In a statement, the company said it has temporarily closed the hotel to enable work to begin on renovations which will involve ‘sensitively marrying up the old with the new’, before reopening early next year.
In an interview with the Worthing Herald, Mary Willcock, managing director for Brunning and Price, said: “We fell in love with this building and the surrounding gardens and think it will make a wonderful pub.
“Our aim is to make the most of all of its stunning features and create a pub that is traditional in style and welcoming to both the local community and visitors who are drawn to the area by all it has to offer.”
The hotel’s new set-up will include a private dining room that seats up to 14 guests, roof terrace garden and a large bar.
The Highdown Hotel drew criticism in August after cancelling all pre-booked weddings without any explanation, some just a few weeks in advance of celebrations.
Highdown Hotel will become the second of Brunning and Price’s pubs to offer bedrooms, after the success of the Arrow Mill near Alcester in Warwickshire, which was launched earlier in the year.