Locals come together to celebrate the newly refurbished Kings Arms Hotel

Kings open evening

Local bed & breakfast owners, campsite owners and suppliers gathered at the Kings Arms Hotel, Keswick on Monday 7th July, to celebrate the newly refurbished Hotel and mouth-watering new summer menu.

Earlier this year the Kings Arms Hotel underwent an extensive refurbishment, which included the bedrooms, bar, lounge and the restaurant. Built four centuries ago the Kings retains the charm of a bygone era, but with the newly refurbished look, it now has a modern, quirky twist on the traditional style.

The refurbishments were managed by Kit Graves (Director) and Dani Hope (Marketing Director) of Lake District Hotels. Kit and Dani decided that a new, local theme would suit the hotel and their inspiration came from past Keswick Reminders and from Keith Richardson’s book ‘IVVER SEN’, which in Cumbrian dialect means ‘ever since’. Prints were then taken from Keswick Reminders dating back to the 1930’s to the 1950’s, as well as from IVVER SEN, which are now displayed throughout the hotel.

The open evening kicked off at 5.30pm, where guests were welcomed with a drinks reception, followed by food & beer tastings designed by Head Chef Dan Grimshaw. Afterwards Dani Hope, introduced the hotel, whilst talking them through the new refurbishments, new summer menu and loyalty scheme that was on offer. Keith Richardson finished off by giving an inspirational talk on some of the local characters that are now featuring on the hotel walls, before a little light hearted networking took place.

Dani Hope, commented “we had a really good turnout for the Kings open evening, the hotel looked great, the food was excellent and all the staff did a fantastic job. It was really good to see people booking dinner for later on this week and I even spotted some of the guests staying on to enjoy dinner that night!”

Mr Motler, from Allerdale Guest House, Keswick commented; “the reminder wall and the local drawings are a really nice touch, they’ve really done a fantastic job on the refurbishments.

We’ve eaten here twice in the last two weeks and it’s been excellent both times. We recently had two guests staying with us from Essex’s, which we recommended the Kings to on their first night, they loved it so much they came back and ate there again on the second night.”

Mr Clark, from E. Clark & Sons, commented “The lamb was cooked to perfection, the characters on the wall are great, and I still delivery milk to some of them today.”

If any local bed & breakfast owners and campsites would like to sign up to this free loyalty scheme, they can pop into the Kings Arms Hotel and speak with the General Manager, Garry Price. The loyalty scheme offers the accommodation provider the chance to enjoy a complimentary 3 course dinner for 2, after every time that they send 20 diners to eat in the Kings Arms Hotel. The Kings will collect the dining cards and when they’ve had 20 diners, they’ll  be in touch to invite you for dinner!