New owners of Grantham hotel consider change of name

New owners of the King's Hotel Chris Duggan, right, and his wife Theresa, second from left, with staff members Bob McGuffie and Penny Macgowan.

New owners of the King's Hotel Chris Duggan, right, and his wife Theresa, second from left, with staff members Bob McGuffie and Penny Macgowan.

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The new owners of the Kings Hotel in Grantham are considering a rebrand of the business and as well as injecting new life into the building.

Chris and Theresa Duggan, who have run the Eden wine bar and restaurant in Market Place for nine years, are already transforming the North Parade business into a ‘boutique’ hotel.

But as part of their plans they are considering renaming it The Eden House Hotel. Before they make any decision they want the people of the town to have their say as the building has been a part of Grantham life for decades.

Mr Duggan said he had made a success of Eden and now welcomed the challenge of turning around the Kings.

He said: “It’s a big challenge. We think it has great potential. The Kings over the last 40 years has been a big part of the Grantham social scene, but in the last seven years it has gone through a decline.”

Mr Duggan admits the hotel looks tired and old-fashioned. His plans include gutting the reception area to modernise it and putting in new bars in one of the dining rooms and in the Regency suite. The function rooms and kitchen are all being modernised as part of a first phase of work which will cost between £35,000 and £40,000. A second phase of work, with a similar amount of investment, will pay for the refurbishment of the 21 bedrooms.

Mr Duggan added: “As a boutique hotel, we want the Kings to be clean and friendly, of course, but also have its own identity. We want to personalise the hotel and make it somewhere where you can feel at home.”

As well as refurbishing the hotel, the owners are also thinking about rebranding it as the Eden House Hotel. But before they do that they want to know what the people of Grantham think about a new name. Should the hotel keep its name or change to the Eden House Hotel? Tell us what you think on Facebook or Twitter or email comment@granthamjournal.co.uk

The hotel is still open for business and is now taking bookings for Christmas. For details call the hotel on 01476 590800.