£2m investment for new boutique hotel and restaurant set to open at Middleton Lodge

Construction is nearly complete on a brand new boutique hotel and restaurant in Richmond, North Yorkshire, with the new dining venue opening in Autumn 2014.

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge has been sensitively restored into a beautiful, contemporary and relaxed venue for locals and tourists to enjoy throughout the year. With an investment of £2million into the transformation of the new 2000 sq ft restaurant and nine-bedroom hotel, it looks set to become one of the most popular eateries in the region.

Situated in the stunning grounds of Middleton Lodge, The Coach House has been created from the estate’s old honey coloured, sand-stone Georgian stables, with nine individually designed en-suite bedrooms, overlooking the paddock and croquet pitch.

Visitors will have the chance to dine in the beautiful restaurant or have a choice of private dining rooms that will accommodate up to 80 covers in a relaxed atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a cocktail in the cosy-snug, well-stocked bar that is set to showcase a variety of cocktails with interesting ingredients and innovative bartending techniques from the highly skilled Mixologist team.

James Allison, owner of Middleton Lodge, comments:

“The Coach House has been a labour of love for all of the Middleton Lodge team. We are so excited to launch and share our stunning estate with our guests.

“Throughout the transformation process we wanted to make sure that the restaurant and hotel felt contemporary and relaxed, but that its traditional soul was still retained. It was vital to keep as many of the original features as possible, filling each room with quirky antiques and original pieces created by local craftsmen. Supporting local suppliers and artists from across the region in this way is something that truly sits at the heart of The Coach House.”

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge has also created a further 25 jobs for the local community, with many of the kitchen staff already hired, including new head chef Gareth Rayner, who will be joining the team in September. Local boy Gareth cut his teeth in a selection of top kitchens across the North East of England and he has previously led a kitchen team to receive three AA Rosettes and four AA Red Stars.

Gareth will be working closely with Middleton Lodge’s kitchen director, Caroline Whalley, to create the new mouth-watering menu, promising to indulge all of the diners’ palettes. Inspired by the land around him and the ever-changing seasons, the new menu at The Coach House will reflect Gareth’s passion for locally sourced ingredients from across the North Yorkshire countryside.

Gareth adds:

“I am committed to using only the best produce, chosen to complement the seasons and from the best local producers to ensure I give our diners the very best of flavours.

“I am so excited to get started, I have so many plans to make sure it’s the best I can create every day, which will entail redeveloping menus not just in my first few weeks, but on a daily basis. The seasonal menu will be ever changing, plus we’ll have a daily market menu showcasing a variety of strong rustic flavours, but with the finesse that diners enjoy today.”

After breaking ground in June 2013, construction is nearly complete with the finishing touches now being put into place. The boutique hotel and restaurant is on schedule to be ready for its Grand Opening on Friday 3rd October, with an evening menu prepared for its debut service.

James concludes:

“Middleton Lodge has built up a fantastic reputation over the past few years, as an unique venue for weddings, parties and corporate events. Our exclusive Supper Club evenings really gave us the inspiration and opportunity to create a restaurant for everyone from across the region and further a field to enjoy. The whole team have such exciting plans for all aspects of The Coach House and I’m delighted to welcome them all into the Middleton Lodge family.

“We knew we wanted to create a dining venue that was relaxed and felt like a home from home for all our guests. The fires will be lit and each individual room will be so cosy you’ll never want to leave. We want to bring people together, in a beautiful setting, sharing a bottle of wine and enjoying excellent, fresh and hearty food straight from our kitchen. We’ll also be making sure that the bar is well stocked for all of those amazing concoctions from the Mixologist team. We hope to see you all this October to celebrate the launch of The Coach House with us.”

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge is now taking dining and room bookings, all available from Friday 3rd October. Rates will start from  £150 per room per night. To book please visit www.middletonlodge.co.uk/coach-house-hotel

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