Muddy visits Stanbrook Abbey Hotel
When a hotel is related to Fawsley Hall and it showcases a £4.2m Renovation of a very snazzy Refectory Dining Room & Terrace, you know we gotta take a peak (even if it's in Worcester)!
Say hello to the brand spanking new Stanbrook Abbey Hotel in Worcester. Well it isn’t new, but it’s undergone a £4.2m renovation and boy does it look amazing! Operated by independent country house hotel group Hand Picked Hotels, you’re more than likely to know them for Northamptonshire’s Fawsley Hall, which we’ll be visiting soon (so watch this space)! The Refectory Dining Room & Terrace at Stanbrook Abbey is the latest string to their hospitality bow (and we know how you readers like to travel and hear about what’s new!). We were lucky enough to pop along and it really is a beautifully designed restaurant which is actually located in the original Nun’s dining room. It showcases the original features of the 16th Century hall, from hand-carved wood paneling to arched stone and stained glass windows so you will definitely feel like a Queen (or King) dining here. Oh, and our favourite part, the sun-trapped terrace, perfect for the upcoming summer evenings (unfortunately when we visited – pic below – the sun wasn’t being very sun terracey).
The new menu created by head chef David Humphreys is bloomin’ lovely and as is de rigueur these days, they use locally sourced produce where they can. Some of the options on the new and exciting British menu are White Lake goats’ cheese with heritage beetroot and pickled pear; Pressing of Old Spot ham with pea puree and Welsh rump and shoulder of lamb with carrot textures (yup, carrot textures!). We had some delicious scallops and sole; and the afternoon tea was out to oggle for the launch (but no one had taken anything though, so I didn’t try it in case it was for show, ha ha!).
It isn’t just the restaurant that’s undergone a change, the nun’s quarters have been transformed into 15 beautifully decorated bedrooms, some with stunning unique features from antique fireplaces to stained-glass windows. And they haven’t stopped there. The St Anne’s Hall function suite has also been given a revamp which means the hotel is still a destination spot for weddings, conferences, parties and private dining. We found a cool little library with a piano just off the hall and then later on, found a secret bar with its own bartender willing to shake up a few cocktails (we always manage to find the party).
General Manager, Gordon Burniston – who we met when we reviewed Ettington Park in Warwickshire – was beaming all evening: “We really are delighted with the results of this renovation project which has seen Stanbrook Abbey transformed. Our new restaurant has opened up the ground floor space dramatically and is now a real destination in itself, plus, with the addition of a top-to-toe makeover of St Anne’s and 15 new bedrooms, we are thrilled to now offer local residents and guests visiting the region a reinvigorated community hotel which celebrates its rich heritage within the Worcestershire landscape.”
So if you’re in that neck of the woods, Stanbrook Abbey Hotel really is a rather special place to enjoy a night. We watched a choir in the magnificent Callow Great Hall, the building’s original chapel (eerily magical), before having a superb night’s sleep in our room below, complete with a cuddly sheep toy. Heartily recommended by Muddy, plus, they have some good deals which we know you love!
Bed, breakfast and Prosecco deals from £159 per room. Stanbrook Abbey Hotel