Flat Cap Hotels, owner of The Vicarage in Holmes Chapel and The Courthouse in Knutsford, has taken over The Bridge in Prestbury.
The venue’s new owner has unveiled a refreshed bar and restaurant at The Bridge, as it adds a third property to its growing Cheshire-based portfolio.
The takeover follows a failed attempt to relaunch The Bridge in April 2017, however Flat Cap Hotels has embarked on a project to see the venue restored to its former glory.
A number of the Grade II listed building’s original features have been uncovered during the refurbishment – including stone and parquet flooring and wooden beams.
The first phase of the relaunch, which has taken three months, includes a new bar and restaurant as well as a Garden Room, along with a new-look lobby and reception area.
The lobby has been opened up to create more space for guests to enjoy teas and coffees.
Heritage colours have been used to create a cosy welcome for guests, and there are large Chesterfield sofas and oversized vibrant-coloured armchairs.
The restaurant has taken inspiration from the gardens at the rear of the hotel, which overlook the Rover Bollin.
The restaurant’s décor includes jewel-toned chairs in peacock blue and emerald green, plus a bright, light-filled Garden Room facing the terraced gardens with botanical print chairs and parquet flooring.
The new bar has been renovated in soft tones of green, with a feature wall of mirrors. The original beams have also been exposed during the renovations.
Oliver Heywood, co-founder of Flat Cap Hotels commented: “We always knew that The Bridge was a special hotel.
“It’s at the heart of the village and The Bridge holds special memories for many local people who’ve held weddings and birthdays at the hotel over the years.
“We wanted to uncover the heritage of the building and at the same time invest in the hotel’s future. We’re excited to be unveiling the first phase of the investment and look forward to the local people having happy memories of The Bridge for many years to come.”
Over the coming months, the 23 bedrooms will be completely transformed with a fresh new look echoing the Flat Cap style.
Flat Cap Hotels was founded in 2015 by brothers Dominic and Oliver Heywood.
The group launched with The Vicarage in Holmes Chapel, the first property in its portfolio, followed by The Courthouse in Knutsford in June 2017.