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Kings Head re-opens

Kings Head Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Set to re-open its doors in the summer, Cirencester’s Kings Head hotel has had a full refurbishment since closing its doors in 2006.

Situated in the heart of the town, the Kings Head hotel will re-open as a modern, elegant hotel boasting 45 individually designed bedrooms,an exceptional wine list and an all-day dining option offering the very best of modern British food in the restaurant and bar.

The project was implemented to ensure the Kings Head would remain the ideal place to escape, whilst at the same time could offer the perfect ‘event space, relaxing space and thinking space’, with dining facilities for up to 95 people.

The restaurant will have an open kitchen, cooking traditional English dishes using a Robata grill which has been installed in the refurbishment process. The menu will include the best locally sourced foods reflective of the changing seasons, including a classic, unpretentious Sunday lunch suitable for everyone.

Managing the project is The Vineyard Group, a multi award winning hotel management service. The Vineyard Group offers a different angle to the hotel management industry, with unique food & wine experiences being a key feature of what the company do. The group proudly own and manage several other successful hotels, a golf club and spa, and have won Michelin Star awards, AA Hotel of the Year 2008, ETB Hotel of the Year 2004 as well as being twice named Catey Hotel of the Year, and twice awarded Wine List of the Year.

Andrew McKenzie, Managing Director of The Vineyard Group, said:

“Wine is a big feature of what we do, so, we’re going to bring that in to the DNA of the Kings Head so we’re going to have a really astounding wine offer with lots of great wines by the glass that you wouldn’t normally be able to get. There’s a great subterranean cellar there, where there’ll be a large dining table to seat up to 20 people. There’s also a large vaulted cellar where we can hold events for up to 100 people.”

The Kings Head hotel will house meeting and gathering facilities, with spacious rooms suited to modern needs whilst keeping traditional style and providing good quality food.

There are also plans for a subterranean dry spa consisting of four treatment rooms for the enjoyment of both hotel and local guests. Working with spa product house Lubatti to create a range of treatments, as well as offering a small gym facility.

The interior design, a collaboration between Calico Interiors and stylist Hannah Lohan, is in keeping with the traditional rustic English theme, with a few modern updates making it a welcome addition to the old roman area of Cirencester. The hotel bedrooms are all individually designed around the original features and manufactured to present a different character with unique personalities. Hannah Lohan has mixed fabrics and furnishings, added large beds, oversized showers and coffee machines to give the hotel a homely feel.

The Kings Head hotel’s adjoining Assembly Room is an ideal, spacious venue for unique weddings right in the town centre of Cirencester and close to the local parish church.

Andrew McKenzie said:

“On the first floor, we have a Georgian room called the Assembly Room where we’ll be able to have events for up to 120 people; it opens up onto a rooftop lawn where you could have a cocktail reception for another 130 people.”

Kings Head Cirencester, Gloucestershire

He added:

“It’s going to bring a lot of interesting, unusual things that you wouldn’t expect from an old coaching house in a town centre in the Cotswolds.”

Andrew McKenzie said:

“There are a lot of interesting architectural elements to the project. We have an original piece of roman mosaic in the reception which was kept covered throughout the redevelopment.”

“The history of the building has created some very interesting challenges” he added, before commending the main contractors Espirit Construction and the architect Luke Hemming.

“You can plan some things but others you’ve got to think of when you come across it, and I’ve got to say the contractors from that point of view have been excellent.”

Whilst renovating, feature fireplaces, stonework and traditional wooden beams were found, and these have been incorporated into the new design. The Vineyard group hope that this project, once complete will be a landmark on the landscape of the Cotswolds.

The Kings Head hotel said:

“Keystones decorate the Market Place elevation of the building in the form of carved heads, which by turn represent the music, trade, agriculture and arts that this part of Cirencester has proudly been a prosperous home to since the Romano-British era.”

The restoration of the Kings Head hotel will also provide the surrounding area with a number of new jobs, with positions available across all areas of the business. This will give the population of Cirencester new career opportunities and help them to gain experience in the hospitality, catering and events industries.

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I & J L Brown Ltd

Based in Herefordshire, I & JL Brown specialise in making bespoke furniture catering for both residential and commercial clients. Their vast workshops are set up for the manufacture of single one off unique items to dealing with large bulk contract orders.

The firm is a family run business and has been established for over 40 years; the company has evolved from its embryonic days of dealing in antique country chairs to being a second generation family run company that has expanded to offer a wealth of unlimited design options to varying markets and varying tastes around the world.

Since their inception the firm have built up an impressive portfolio of clients including Doonbeg Lodge in Ireland, Novikov in Mayfair, The Marylebone and Kensington Hotels, part of The Doyle Hotel Group, Hamilton Grand apartments in St Andrews; as well as numerous gastro pubs and high end restaurants around the UK.

The firm have also undertaken projects further afield including the furnishing of top colleges in the USA such as Rhodes College in Tennessee and Baylor University in Texas. The firm have also carried out projects at major USA country clubs.

Most recently I & J L Brown Ltd were involved in the renovation of the Kings Head Hotel in Cirencester where the team focused was on the bedrooms and the public areas. Working alongside the lead design team at Calico Interiors the firm were able meticulously design products in line with the budget as well as develop specific colour finishes that were co-ordinated with the overall interior design of the hotel.

Simon Hilton from I & J L Brown said:

“This project was very important for us to be involved with as it is a high end luxury hotel development. We were able to offer local UK hand made products to a high standard. In addition the specifications required bespoke products made to exact requirements with design, build and finish as well as budget all key.

“We pride ourselves on our honesty and integrity; we have a superb staff that is all highly skilled in their particular specialist fields of expertise forming a strong team. We are able to utilise and pass these skills on to our clients and can provide advice on how to improve designs and still hit budgets.”

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