A modern contemporary new look has been unveiled at an historic hotel in the heart of Old Hunstanton after major refurbishment.
The Lodge, a listed building once owned by the Le Strange family, was officially re-opened yesterday after completion of the month-long project.
The family-run business, which was runner-up in last year’s Mayor’s Awards for Business and is the holder of a TripAdvisor Excellence Award, has invested in transforming key areas.
These include a completely new bar with comfortable seating booths and a drop-down TV screen, cellar and kitchen plus a completely restyled bedroom.
Marketing manager Jac Sandy said: “We have worked hard to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere at The Lodge that reflects the excellent service and experience that’s widely recognised by our customers.
“We have used a blend of premium materials and high quality workmanship to achieve a ‘home’from home’ setting. Now we are looking forward to welcoming back old friends and new guests in the coming weeks and months.”
The bar area, which was buzzing when guests were invited to a preview evening on Tuesday, is one of the striking features of the refurbishment project. Its serving area has been built so that it extends out into the room and replaces the former long bar along the wall. A new state-of-the-art kitchen has also been installed.
Seating booths at one end have been designed with families and couples in mind and at the other end, where guests arrive there are comfortable armchairs and sofas by an open fireplace.
To coincide with the launch, a new range of beers and coffee has been introduced plus a different menu offering traditional pub food, which is sourced locally to reduce food miles.
The bedroom which has been restyled has been renamed The Snug as it now contains a log burner. The fireplace bears a coat of arms believed to be that of the Le Strange family. The widowed Emilia Styleman, a Le Strange before she was married, bought The Lodge in 1825 and it stayed in the family’s hands until 1925.
The Snug completes The Lodge’s courtyard rooms at the rear of the property that can be booked as a group or individually. These rooms – The Garden Shed, the Bottle Store and the Coal Bunker – have been created around original storerooms.
There are plans to further develop the outdoor space at The Lodge.