Stanbrook Abbey Hotel in Worcester, set at the foot of the picturesque Malvern Hills, has opened a new restaurant, The Refectory Dining Room & Terrace, and added 15 new bedrooms as part of an ongoing investment programme by owner/operator Hand Picked Hotels.
The iconic Grade II listed abbey now offers a restaurant on the ground floor in what was the original nun’s cafeteria. To complement the modern interior, the menu is a celebration of modern British cuisine from head chef David Humphreys.
The new bedrooms have taken the hotel from 55 to 70 rooms. Feature rooms Pugin and Ashlin are named after the architects involved in the design of the original abbey at the turn of the 16th Century and have access onto balconies overlooking the Malvern countryside.
The mastermind behind the renovation, Julia Hands, founder, CEO and Chairman of Hand Picked Hotels, said: “Stanbrook Abbey is a very special building with so much history and many wonderful features, so it was important for us to spend the time planning before we rushed in. Relocating the restaurant to the ground floor and offering a new dining concept for the local community with David’s take on good, honest yet elegant British food was a top priority, and I am thrilled with the results.”
Stanbrook Abbey has a long and significant history, having been home to an order of Benedictine nuns for over 150 years prior to becoming the country house hotel it is today. The church was deconsecrated in 2009 when the few remaining nuns relocated to North Yorkshire, where a brand new Stanbrook Abbey had been built. In 2015 the new owners re-0pened the original Stanbrook Abbey as a hotel before Hand Picked Hotels added the property to its collection in 2017.