Following the successful refurbishment of The Vicarage in Holmes Chapel, and The Courthouse in Knutsford, Flat Cap Hotels embarked upon restoring the historic property to its former glory and reinstating it back into the community.
The grade II listed building has been lovingly restored, with a host of original features uncovered during the refurbishment including stone and parquet flooring and wooden beams throughout.
The first phase of the relaunch which has taken three months, includes a new bar and restaurant, 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 of red ochre have been used to create a cosy welcome for guests and there are large Chesterfield sofas and oversized vibrant coloured armchairs for the weary traveller.
The restaurant has taken inspiration from the beautiful gardens at the rear of the hotel, which overlook the Rover Bollin. The restaurant 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 and the original beams have been exposed during the renovations.
Steven Tuke, executive chef of the group has transformed the menu, focusing on local producers in Cheshire and dishes include 12-hour cured salmon, English fillet of beef, cauliflower cheese risotto and Buttercross Farm pork steak.
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.”
The restaurant is open from 7am to 11pm Monday to Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8am to midnight and from 8am to 10pm on Sundays. Afternoon tea is served in the Garden Room daily from 12 to 5pm.
Over the coming months, the 23 bedrooms will be completely transformed with a fresh new look echoing the Flat Cap style. The Bridge is located next door to the historic St. Peter’s Church in Prestbury, making it the perfect choice for local weddings.
The Whiteside Suite can accommodate up to 150 people for a wedding or private party and drinks receptions can be held in the gardens.