More hotel rooms and a new restaurant have taken up residence in the Parade in Leamington Spa.
The Bar + Block eatery can serve up to 148 covers and occupies the former Barclays Bank building next to the Premier Inn hotel. It has also created 30 new jobs for the area.
It has been opened by Whitbread which owns the Premier Inn chain, and it has added a further 13 bedrooms above the ground floor venue with a further six rooms to follow in the main hotel building in early 2019.
Once complete, the Premier Inn Leamington Spa town centre hotel will have 100 guest bedrooms.
Graham Hedley, project and programme manager at Premier Inn, who led the extension of the hotel for Whitbread said: “By spotting an opportunity to extend the popular hotel, we have been able to bring our latest Bar + Block restaurant format to Leamington Spa, add guest bedrooms and breathe fresh life into a previously vacant listed building.
“I am particularly proud of the fact that we have been able to introduce the Bar + Block without changing the exterior elevation of the historic former bank building. We have also retained many of the original internal features of the Listed building in the new Premier Inn bedrooms. Our alterations provide a positive heritage benefit and bring a new and exciting restaurant brand to Leamington.”
Whitbread invested more than £3.2 million in converting the Leamington Spa hotel. Work to extend the Premier Inn and create the new Bar + Block restaurant began in late June and was delivered on budget and within the proposed 20-week construction programme.
Chris Elliott, Chief Executive of Warwick District Council, said “We are delighted that Whitbread have decided to make an investment in the heart of Royal Leamington Spa adding to the very successful Premier Inn Hotel.”