The Royal Kings Arms
The Royal Kings Arms is in the process of an exciting refurbishment journey, transforming Lancaster’s oldest establishment into a luxury boutique hotel.
Current facilities at The Royal Kings Arms consist of 55 en-suite bedrooms including the impressive Castle Suite complete with a luxurious four poster bed. The hotel also has two event rooms including The Grand Ballroom that features a stunning chandelier and balcony.
Tony Flanagan, The Royal Kings Arms Managing Director, said: “We have two phases of the project. When we took over the hotel we had to address the state and condition of the rooms so for phase 1 we shut the site, deep cleaned everything, threw away the beds and the bed linen, did essential key elements of refurbishment and lightly refurbished seven rooms of the hotel. Phase 2 of the project is the more serious side of the refurbishment and so far we have completed the Residents Bar and Restaurant, The Brasserie Bar and Restaurant, reception area and at this stage, two rooms have been completed to a much higher standard.”
Originally built in 1625 during the reign of Charles I and counting Charles Dickens as one of many famous former guests, aspects of local designer Kyra McDaid’s work presents a perfect fusion between past and present. From Chinoiserie inspired Xoffany Rotherby wallpaper to the regal portrait of King George V, the design of the hotel’s latest refurbishment restores the Hotel’s interior to its former grandeur, whilst introducing a more contemporary and stylish atmosphere to the landmark setting.
The first completed stage of the hotel’s refurbishment project is The Brasserie which, located on the ground floor, is set in a bright and stylish space completely unique to the Lancaster area. The Brasserie also includes ‘The Snug’, a brand new private dining room which opens up to a gorgeous outside decking area, creating a charming spot completely unique to the Lancaster area.
Open daily from 7am-10pm, The Brasserie welcomes guests to enjoy anything from a relaxed afternoon tea, or if you’d prefer something a little more celebratory, an all day brunch can be accompanied by a special Saturday offer of bottomless Prosecco!
The Royal Kings Arm is proud to support local suppliers, something that is perfectly reflected in The Brasserie’s extensive à la carte menu. Boasting a strong influence of fresh, local produce, signature dishes include locally sourced fresh grilled lobster, a fillet steak with cashel blue panko crumb and poached hen egg and mushroom ragu, in addition to a comprehensive vegetarian and vegan selection.
The Brasserie also provides guests with an introduction to the best of British sparkling wines Nyetimber and Hambledon to compliment an already extensive list of over 45 Champagnes and wines to choose from.
The Brasserie’s elegant and relaxed atmosphere provides all ages of the local community with a space unique to the Lancaster area, bridging the gap between the city’s heritage and a prosperous future.
In addition to The Brasserie, the refurbishment includes a new first-floor resident’s bar, repainting of the front elevation, a new reception, glazed openings and sliding doors to the entrance lobby and a private dining room with an outside decking area and Japanese garden currently under construction.
Future renovations include an update to the hotel’s grand ballroom, with the stunning chandelier having already been restored to its former glory. Blending the traditional with the modern, a brand new corporate conference suite will join the hotel’s current library facilities, whilst the hotel’s most exciting new venture – The Crypt – embraces a dark and mysterious interior to introduce a unique and sophisticated basement cocktail and champagne bar to Lancaster’s nightlife.
Tony added: “Once competed, I think that the public will be very proud of this building. Before it was something of an eye sore right in the centre of Lancaster, looking at the most historic castle. Now it is a real destination and a place to go so I think it will be received very positively.”
For more information visit: https://thebrasserielancaster.co.uk
Royal Kings Arms Hotel
75 Market St
Different Strokes regularly carries out projects for businesses in the hospitality industry and has recently completed work for the Royal King’s Arms Hotel – one of the largest hotels in Lancaster, and a Grade II listed building – as part of its major refurbishment.
Robert Crawford, Different Strokes, said:
“We have completed long hours alongside other trades to meet deadlines, whilst being careful to take into account the needs of the hotel’s guests.
“Working closely with the interior designer, builder and hotel staff, we have since been asked to decorate many other areas.”
“We wish the hotel every success for the future.”