New look unveiled at iconic village hotel

The Swan, Lavenham. 'The Swan hotel holds an open evening so that the puplic can see what they have done with the refurbishing. ''Pictured;
The Swan, Lavenham. 'The Swan hotel holds an open evening so that the puplic can see what they have done with the refurbishing. ''Pictured;
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A COMPANY which is ploughing major investment into a landmark hotel in Lavenham says that it sees the village becoming a mecca for discerning diners.

Last Thursday The Swan Hotel held a garden party for friends and guests to celebrate and unveil the new look to the 15th century timbered hotel.

Chelsea based designer Kate Earle from TodhunterEarle Interiors has transformed the ground floor brasserie, the lounges and reception and structural changes have meant that visitors now have easier access to the reception and restaurant without making their way through the lounge area.

The brasserie has had tables and chairs replaced and the carpet has been taken up to reveal the brick floor in the substantial programme of work which the hotel aims to complete with a spa in the neighbouring art gallery once planning permission is approved.

The brasserie will offer a more informal dining area which the hotel hopes will attract younger customers and families.

At Thursday’s champagne event taster foods were served from Justin Kett the new head chef at the hotel who came to Lavenham from The Brudenell at Aldeburgh.

Thorpeness and Aldeburgh Hotels chairman Tim Rowan-Robinson told guests: “We have a huge respect for and responsibility to maintain this building and enhance it. Kate has done a wonderful build which is sympathetic to the building - the colours that have been chosen are wonderful.

“We have enjoyed being part of Lavenham life and we would love to expand even further. A spa would be wonderful and a finishing touch to this marvellous facility.

“Lavenham is just becoming the mecca of dining out in the world. The Swan will and must play its part in that.”

The 45-bedroomed hotel was purchased by the hotel group in 2004 and has already achieved AA four star status. Its new general manager Ingo Wiangke took up his position in April after four years at the Michelin starred Lords of the Manor in Gloucestershire.

More information is available at www.theswan@lavenham.co.uk