The renovation of Old Parsonage Hotel in Oxford has been completed transforming the whole building into a modern, beautiful setting to relax within.
Mogford Hotel and Restaurants, owners of the Old Parsonage Hotel, were founded in the 1980’s by Jeremy Mogford and now own an ever growing collection of hotels and restaurants in Oxford.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Kevin Dighton from Dighton & Sons, who acted as the main contractor on the project, to find out more about the development which completed in March 2014. Kevin, a partner in the firm, said:
“We became involved in this renovation project as we have done a renovation for Mogford Hotels & Restaurants in 2013 where we worked on Gee’s Restaurant. Acting as the main contractor on this project materialised out an existing relationship we had with Mogford. Our brief involved undertaking a complete refurbishment of the hotel and adding a second floor to the rear section; we were also required to complete the works as quick as possible.”
Works began on site in November 2013 in order to install a second floor to the rear section of the hotel the team had to lift off the existing roof and install new panels onto the existing structure as well as a new mansard roof. The extra floor allowed Mogford to gain an additional six bedrooms in the hotel as well as creating a new housekeepers office. The hotel now has 65 bedrooms in total.
A new library has also been installed on the hotel’s first floor and all of the existing bedrooms have been completely stripped out and updated. All of the existing bedrooms were fully plastered, fitted with new wardrobes and light fittings and given a new lease of life.
All of the bedroom’s bathroom suites have also been improved and have been fitted with new marble floors, marble basins and wet rooms. Some suites have luxurious free standing baths and most of the appliances and fittings are from bathroom design and manufacture company Samuel Heath.
It is not just the bedrooms and bathrooms that have been transformed; the rest of the hotel has also been renovated including the installation of new mechanical and electrical systems for the whole building and the laying of new floors, as well as the construction of new walls.
Berman Guedes Stretton, architects and designers, worked alongside Dighton & Sons on the project and all workers managed to ensure a quick turnaround on site and had the project completed by the end of March 2014. The Old Parsonage Hotel is Grade II Listed on the front section of the building and so the team worked with a local conservation officer to ensure the development was sensitive to the heritage of the property.
Kevin Dighton added:
“On site there was a very tight knit community on the project and everyone enjoyed the works. The camaraderie between all workers was great and this helped us to be able to complete the work in such a tight four and a half month schedule.
“We worked 16 hour days seven days a week for a four and a half month period; there were 50 to 70 contractors on site every day in order to complete the works as quickly as possible. We hope to work with Mogford in the future.”
Chris Hinton from Shine Food Machinery said:
“It was a pleasure to be associated with Mr Mogford and his team in what has turned out to be a highly successful refurbishment of the kitchen and bar facilities.
“The precise catering specification, of Sefton Horne Winch catering Consultant Derek White, supported the project throughout. It may have been a very exacting installation without the team work of all those involved.”
Mogford are a small independent collection of hotels and restaurants situated in stunning buildings in central Oxford. The Old Bank and The Old Parsonage are boutique luxury hotels that have become established as the best hotels in Oxford. Guests are sure to be stunned by impressive art collections, high quality restaurants and impeccable charming service; this may be the reason the hotels have won an array of awards including the Old Bank Hotels Cesar award for best city hotel 2011.
Mogford hire out the beautiful rooms within their hotels and restaurant to clients for use during business, leisure and wedding events. Mogford also host jazz nights for many Oxford residents and visiting clientele and each week sees another world class performer present at the chains restaurants and hotels. This free night out is definitely one not to miss for music lovers.
The restaurants are central to the collection; these include Gee’s, Quod and The Old Parsonage. Each restaurant uses fresh, seasonal and high quality ingredients to produce mouth watering dishes and the restaurants have definitely stood the test of time.
All of Mogford’s venues are different in their own way, offering an array of menus and environments and have become established favourites in Oxford. Gee’s, is housed in a Victorian conservatory in North Oxford and has recently been transformed into an even more iconic venue than it was previously. Situated on the Banbury Road, half a mile from Summertown, the popular shopping and residential area the venue remains loyal to its traditions and the new interior is overflowing with trees and plants.
The kitchen features a wood fire oven and charcoal grill and all ingredients are simply prepared and expertly cooked. There are bite size morsels, dishes for sharing and dishes in two sizes; which means there is something suitable for everyone. The food offer is best described as modern European with rich, delicious meals cooked from scratch, and a seasonally changing menu.
Dishes on offer include deep fried soft shelled crab, Bellota Iberico ham, roast baby chicken with fennel or skate wing, pink fir potatoes & caper beurre noisette which is expertly charred by the wood fire oven. Gee’s also rustles up sumptuous pizzettas, topped with pecorino & spinach or tomato, anchovy, chilli & oregano. From the charcoal grill come hake, cockles & butter beans or prime pork, venison & lamb chops. Puddings often come in two sizes, try prune ice cream with Pedro Ximenez sherry, flourless orange & almond cake or provolone, pear & honey.