Housed within a Grade I Listed building in the centre of historic Shrewsbury, Henry Tudor House is a restaurant & bar, serving a scrumptious range of food and drink, from hearty stews and perfectly seared steaks, to a fine selection of beers and wines.
Built in the early 1400s, the building is one of the oldest structures in the town and has previously been home to the Lion Tap and the Trotting Horse.
With historical links to Henry VII, the building was originally a collection of houses, shops and a brewing inn, before more recently becoming the town’s latest hospitality sensation. Boasting a stunning conservatory, a luxurious private dining room and an array of imaginative features Henry Tudor House is the talk of the town and it is not difficult to see why.
In July 2012 – after being bought by husband and wife team Clare and Graham Jenkins – the building underwent an extensive £750,000 refurbishment to give the site a much needed makeover. Anthony Carty Interior Design was the lead designer on the project, whilst high-quality fit-out specialists THWG were the main contractor.
Commenting on the project, Henry Tudor House Managing Director, Clare Jenkins, said:
“My husband Graham and I bought the building at the end of October 2011 and we opened on the 1st of November 2012. As part of the project we reconfigured and restored the building, relayed floors and replaced the existing first floor kitchen with a completely new state of the art facility. The bar was also redesigned using lime washed timber, a zinc top and colour changing LED lighting giving a contemporary look to a traditional feature. Throughout the building all the washrooms were replaced and redesigned to give a touch of glamour using urban lighting paired with Belfast sinks.”
“Prior to us taking over the site, the building had been used as a public house serving a small selection of meals. We undertook the refurbishment work in order to give the site a new lease of life and we now have a Brasserie on the ground floor complete with wrought iron bird cage chandeliers and open fires, a restaurant and sumptuous private dining room on the first floor and a large oak framed function room on the top floor.”
“We completely redesigned the internal areas to give it a fresh new look and people who come into Henry Tudor House no longer recognise the place from what it was.”
“Due to the building’s Listed status we undertook a historic survey before we started any work on the site and throughout the project we worked with the conservation department to ensure all work was completed sensitively. We only encountered one particular problem and this involved the replacement of the wattle and daub in one section of the building, but this was easily resolved and the conservation department were very pleased with the work conducted by THWG.
“The structure has not changed; the building still has a timber frame; however we have added panelling, lime washes, new oak floors, wrought iron detailing as well as state of the art LED lighting both internally and externally. To assist with running costs we installed a condensing boiler, new double glazing within the conservatory and secondary glazing wherever possible as well as additional under floor insulation. The building looks fantastic.”
The work undertaken to transform the existing building into Henry Tudor House ran smoothly and with the exception of a slight amendment to the original plan the team encountered no major problems.
Clearly very pleased about the work conducted on the site, Clare said:
“The feedback that we have received since opening has been great. Many people have commented on the ambience and the decor and in terms of comfort and hospitality, Henry Tudor House is the place to be in Shrewsbury.
“Our team managed the project and we worked very closely with Anthony Carty Interior Design to get the design just the way that we wanted it and THWG were great to work with, providing an excellent service at all times.
“We are very proud of what we have created and Henry Tudor House is certainly causing a stir in Shrewsbury.”
Whether meeting friends for a quick drink or taking a much needed break during the working day, Henry Tudor House is the perfect place to indulge in fine food, fantastic drink and great company. With a welcoming atmosphere Henry Tudor House is the perfect place to gather friends and family in one of the most beautiful buildings in Shropshire.
For more information about Henry Tudor House, please visit: www.henrytudorhouse.com.
Stokes of England
Stokes of England is a Shropshire-based blacksmith, completing work across a variety of sectors within the construction industry. The company has been in operation since 1996 and specialises in architectural and decorative metal work, as well as engineering and restoration work.
Since its inception, Stokes of England has provided services for many high profile clients including HRH Prince Charles, Madonna, Paul Simon and the Oppenheimers. Most recently the company has been involved with Henry Tudor House; supplying the site with many distinctive features, including five gothic coach lanterns, four birdcage chandeliers, four cartwheel chandeliers, a handrail for the spiral staircase and menu boards.
Discussing his involvement with Henry Tudor House, Stokes of England Ltd Managing Director, Chris Stokes, said:
“We were fortunate that the team at Henry Tudor House like to use local trade people in their work so when they happened to come across us at a local village fair we were delighted to get involved with the project. It is great to be involved with a high profile project that is local to us instead of completing work much further afield.”
“At Stokes of England we like a challenge and we pride ourselves on the quality of our work. We never leave a job until the work is completed exactly how it should be.”