23rd February, 2018...
Staff are already being recruited and the finishing touches put to a £6 million renovation scheme designed to return the historic Beverley Arms Hotel to former glories.
Due to open in June it will add 38 much-needed rooms at a time when the town is enjoying unprecedented visitor numbers.
Owners, Blackburn-based Daniel Thwaites PLC, are building a reputation for quality hotels and inns and say their intention is for the Beverley Arms, in North Bar Within, to be “the best place in town to eat, drink and sleep”.
London and Yorkshire-based architects Bowman Riley were appointed to design the redevelopment of the Grade II-listed Georgian building. A former coaching inn, the Beverley Arms was built in 1794 with an older core.
In 1967, the property underwent a radical rebuilding and alterations including the construction of a five-storey flat roofed block. Operating as a 55-bedroom hotel, the struggling business fell into administration in 2016. This left the property vacant and in need of sympathetic renovation. The hotel was acquired by Daniel Thwaites to form part of its Inns of Character estate.
Bowman Riley said: “The Beverley Arms is being transformed into a 38-bedroom five-star inn with public bar, restaurant and external courtyard. The design balances the need to improve the function of the spaces whilst respecting the fabric and historical importance of the building.”
The core of the building is an historic three-storey red brick house. The later single storey extensions and conservatory at the rear and a 1960s five-storey extension have been demolished and Arte being replaced with a smaller extension more in keeping with the local context.
Situated in the town’s Georgian Quarter and opposite the majestic St Mary’s Church, described as “one of the most beautiful parish churches of England and famous for a carving of a rabbit which is said to have been the inspiration for the March Hare in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the sympathetic restoration of the Beverley Arms has retained important features including the famous “Old Inn Kitchen” painted by the revered local artist Fredrick William Elwell in 1922.
The transformed hotel will bring vitality back to this important town centre location and contribute to the growing success of Beverley’s visitor economy.
Factfile: Hotel accommodation in Beverley: From traditional to boutique hotels, great guest houses to gorgeous self catering accommodation, there is something for everyone in Beverley. Visit http://www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com/beverley/ for more information.
A 3-star Best Western hotel with 25 en-suite bedrooms. www.bestwestern.co.uk
A 3-star hotel with 30 rooms situated at the Flemingate Centre. www.premierinn.com
Saturday Market; Recently-refurbished pub with ten luxury rooms. www.kingsheadpubbeverley.com
Wednesday Market: Independently-owned hotel with 16 rooms. www.thetudorrosehotelbeverley.co.uk