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Judge’s Lodging York

Judge’s Lodging
Written by Roma Publications

The Judge’s Lodging

All Rise! The Judge’s Lodging in York is back in session following a major refurbishment to the historic Grade I listed building.

The iconic city centre hotel, which dates to 1710, has seen its bedrooms, bars and dining rooms spruced up with a fresh new look. The Judge’s Lodging closed for five weeks in January to bring the property’s interiors and overall guest experience up to a level that reflects its historic features, prime location, and 5-star status.

Part of the House of Daniel Thwaites, The Judge’s Lodgings’ newly upgraded bedrooms have individual character, bespoke furniture, and luxury touches like spa baths.

Daniel Thwaites’ Executive Chairman, Rick Bailey, commented: “The Judge’s Lodging is a wonderful property with a fascinating story that’s a real draw to people who want to come and see all that the building has to offer. Since 2012 we’ve invested millions of pounds into major upgrades to protect and conserve this historic property – it has been a huge success and this latest work will allow people to continue to enjoy it for years to come with a really high quality, rich customer experience.”

The dining areas feature smart new furnishings and a new restaurant menu has been introduced to reflect a high-end, more formal dining environment for special occasions. Downstairs, the cellar bar offers a relaxed, gastro-pub experience with classic dishes and a wide selection of drinks, from expert cocktails to Thwaites’ traditional ales.

To find out more about the new look, PREMIER HOSPITALITY MAGAZINE spoke to Thwaites designer Rachel Wootton. She began by explaining the brief for the design overhaul:

“The Judge’s Lodging is a Grade I listed property in the centre of York. With that in mind, the brief almost drove itself. It was really important that as part of the design process we focused on reviving and restoring the rich character of the building. The brief took inspiration from the history and existing features.

“It’s very useful and inspiring when you can take a lead from the historic nature of a building. Over the years with the changes that the property has had, you can tap into all of that. So it’s not just the history you can work with, but also the fabric of the building. You are able to build up your design through layers.

“We conducted a lot of visits to site to get a real sense of the place and a feel for the surrounding area.”

One of the undoubted highlights in the public spaces is the ‘Grand Stair’. This curved staircase with a timber balustrade and panelling has been revived and restored by specialist furniture polishers. Alongside the staircase is a gallery wall of artwork and judges through the ages supplied by Studio 2C. A diverse mixture of frame styles and colours has created a real showstopper feel.

The vaulted ceiling in the new Cellar Bar was painstakingly rubbed back and lime washed to create an original look and feel. Low-level lighting helps add to the cosy atmosphere. A pewter counter top was delivered by Hopefield Fab Ltd.

Moving to the bedrooms, the unique style and character of each room – ranging from super-high ceilings to wonky walls – has been embraced to create a one-of-a-kind experience. There is also a stunning feature bathroom in one of the rooms that the hotel is hoping to use as a bridal suite.

The main contractor for the project was Murray and Willis. Loose furniture was supplied by CFUK

Rachel added:

“It’s been an absolute delight to work on this project. We wanted to create a little contemporary feel against the traditional. It’s really exciting to get that combination. With a refurbishment you always want to bring in a little bit of the new, but not so much that it feels too different to what is already there.

“The design really speaks for itself. We wanted to give a luxury feel with a rich palette and mixture of materials. We were thrilled to take it on.”

The Judge’s Lodging has a history that dates back to the early 1700s when it was built as a private residence. In 1806 the building became the Judges’ House and the current double geometrical wooden staircase was added, along with service quarters.

In 1851 there was a further addition of a secure passageway to allow the Judges to exit their carriage straight into the house without being seen, giving them additional privacy at a time when Judges were regularly the targets of violence due to their roles.

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Contract Furniture UK Ltd

Contract Furniture UK Ltd (CFUK) manufacture and supply all aspects of contract furniture for the leisure industry, encompassing bars, restaurants, pubs, clubs, social lounges, leisure centres and hotels.

Our furniture includes tables, chairs, sofas, and stools, specialist banquette seating and bars, as well as everything required for a hotel bedroom and more.

The company has been in operation for more than 20 years and has worked with all of the leading pub & leisure companies, supplying to David Lloyd Leisure, De Vere Hotels, Stonegate Pub Company, Greene King, Star Pubs & Bars, Hydes Brewery, LW Lees and Wadworth Brewery, to name but a few, as well as many independent businesses.

Most Recently, CFUK has been involved with work on The Judge’s Lodging in York, supplying all the loose furniture for entrance lobby, front and back bars, glazed garden, as well as bedrooms.

Kevin Tobin, CFUK Managing Director, said:

“The recent project for Daniel Thwaites PLC gave us opportunity to manufacture beautiful bespoke pieces, especially for Judge’s Lodging bedrooms. Thanks to exceptional job of Thwaites’ interior designers also lobby and bar areas got new comfort and splendour. I hope we’ll have more opportunities to work together on such satisfying projects in the future.”

Kevin added:

“At CFUK we pride ourselves on our manufacturing skills, with everything being made here in Britain. We are committed to excellence in quality, service and product.”


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