An historic pub in Harlaxton has just completed a £170,000 investment with the creation of five boutique bedrooms plus new jobs.
The alterations to the 18th century Gregory Pub and Dining Rooms, on Harlaxton Road, will allow it to open up a new area of growth for the already successful business.
The luxurious bedrooms, which have all been named after people connected to the nearby Harlaxton Manor, will enable licensees Jo and Justin Chad to offer guests overnight accommodation for the first time.
The Gregory has also taken on four extra members of staff, including an extra chef, front-of-house team member and housekeeping support, bringing its total headcount to 19.
The dining pub will also soon be open to the public for breakfast and all day for coffees, teas and snacks, in addition to lunches and dinners.
Jo Chad, who also runs the Chequers Inn at Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, said: “We’ve grown our business every year since 2003 throughout the recession.
“Now seemed the ideal time to invest in the pub and the local economy as we feel confident about the area’s future and are picking up on a positive feel-good factor from the many business people who dine at The Gregory.
“We’re always being asked if we can add bedrooms by people who are dining at the pub, especially business people staying nearby
“We set out to create bedrooms that we would want to stay in, so no expense has been spared. We’re charging £90 b&b for three of the rooms and £120 b&B for the two larger rooms with baths.
“We will also offer attractive dinner, bed & breakfast rates, a competitive rate for business travellers as well as a value for money Sunday night deal.
The investment has been made jointly by the Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars and the licensees.
Lawson Mountstevens, managing director of Star Pubs & Bars, said: “Heineken is a passionate supporter of the great British pub, of which The Gregory Pub and Dining Rooms is a great example, thanks to Jo and Justin’s hard work.”
The Gregory celebrated the completion of the rooms with fizz and canapés at an open day for local businesses.
The five bedrooms have been individually designed to include the latest technology.
All feature 42inch LCD TVs, have Roberts Dreamdock radios/ipod docking stations, Dualit espresso machines serving both tea and coffee, and drench showers.
The two largest rooms have contemporary freestanding baths in the rooms as well as showers in the bathrooms and all rooms have Orla Kiely luxury bathroom toiletries.
Reinforcing its strong links with Harlaxton Manor, all the rooms are named after people connected with the Manor.
These include: Gregory Gregory, who built the current manor; architects Anthony Salvin and William Burn; Violet Van Der Elst, who restored the manor in the 1930s having made her money from developing the first brushless shaving cream, and a retired former principal of Harlaxton Manor University, Dr Gordon Kingsley, who supported Jo and Justin when they first took on the pub seven years ago.