As part of the renovation the hotel opened its new restaurant, the Refectory Dining Room and Terrace, with the new design showcasing the original features of the 16th Century hall – such as hand-carved wood panelling, arched stone windows and stained glass.
The group said the new restaurant is the most “dramatic transformation” at the hotel, given its relocation from the second to the first floor. The former restaurant and previously unconverted nun’s quarters have now been converted into 15 new bedrooms, taking the total number of bedrooms to 70.
The renovation project also includes the overhaul of St Anne’s Hall function suite, which now has a “bright and welcoming” design scheme with warm wood panelling and soft feature lights and is now fully air-conditioned to enhance its proposition for weddings, conferences, parties and private dining.
The launch event was hosted by Julia Hands, chairman and CEO of Hand Picked Hotels and Gordon Burniston, Stanbrook Abbey Hotel’s general manager, in addition to “guest of honour” Mike Forrester, president of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.
Hands said: “I am delighted to be here today at this very special hotel, to mark the official opening of The Refectory Dining Room and Terrace and the completion of a milestone development at Stanbrook Abbey.
“With such a unique building, we were keen to respect its heritage and carefully reconfigure the space in order to inject new energy into its walls and re-position the hotel as a premium, vibrant destination for dining, entertaining, meeting and celebrating within Worcester.”