New brasserie at Royal Kings Arms hotel opens for business

The first phase of a comprehensive refurbishment at the historic Royal Kings Arms hotel in Lancaster has been completed with the opening of its ground-floor restaurant and bar.

The Brasserie, as it’s now known, was unveiled during a grand re-opening on June 22 following significant refurbishment project designed by Harrison Pitt Architects.

The next two phases of development will see an exciting champagne and cocktail bar, known as The Crypt, created in the basement of the building and the opening of new first floor Business Centre facilities.

Hayley Dufton, architect on the project for Harrison Pitt Architects, said: “After a long period of under-investment prior to having new owners, it’s great to see this iconic hotel being sympathetically transformed, and to see it so busy again.

“This project has been all about making the history and architecture of the building its focal point again, reinstating it as a prestigious destination hotel in Lancaster city centre.”

Harrison Pitt Architects was initially appointed by the new management Artisan Hotels in 2017 to draw up plans to renovate the ground floor and basement of the 400-year-old, grade-two-listed building.

The Royal Kings Arms was originally built in 1625 during the reign of King Charles I and was rebuilt in 1879.

It has deep ties with monarchy having hosted many heads of state and other royals. The crowned

heads of Europe became its guests around the time of the French Napoleonic Wars. The hotel was granted royal patronage from the visits of King Edward VII of England and of Queen Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen.

It is also the place where Charles Dickens stayed when he wrote ‘Tale of the Bridal Chamber’. The hotel also features in the Dickens story ‘The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices’.

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