Judges Lodgings in Lendal, York, closes for refurbishment

York Press: Manager Nick James at the Judges Lodgings in Lendal, which is to be refurbished Manager Nick James at the Judges Lodgings in Lendal, which is to be refurbished

A YORK hotel will close tomorrow for a five-month refurbishment project which will cost £1.7 million and create dozens of new jobs.

Just over a year after buying the Judges Lodgings in Lendal out of administration, the new owners are preparing to close the hotel and bar for the major make-over.

Daniel Thwaites plc, which bought the business for £1.5 million in November last year, is planning to add an extra eight rooms, bringing the total to 22, as well as expanding the cellar bar and dining area into the upper first floor of the building, and creating additional outdoor terraces.

Having already spent £500,000 on repairs, the refurbishment will bring total investment in the business close to £4 million. Staff numbers will rise from 15 to between 50 and 60 following the project.

Manager Nick James said: “We will be closed for 22 weeks all being well, and hope to reopen early in the summer. The ultimate plan is to reopen for the Tour de France.

“It will be one of the biggest openings in York in 2014 in hospitality.

“I think there is a real fondness for the Lodgings, but sadly that fondness dates back to a few years ago, and has wavered in recent years. We are really keen that local residents take us into their hearts again.

“We want to make it welcoming all year round, with an equal focus on rooms, food and drink.”

He said the opening of The Star Inn The City nearby had added to the quality in York city centre. “We want to be part of that. It is good for the whole city.”

The Grade I listed building in Lendal dates back to 1710 and was originally built as a private residence for an eminent physician. It was bought in 1806 as judges’ accommodation, then was transformed into a hotel in 1976.

Sorcha Drakeford, operations director at the Judges Lodgings, said: “We have had six months exploration work, trying to get into every nook and cranny. We wanted to find out how the building worked and operated. We want people to see the building as it was originally meant. We’re bringing together its history and its future.”

The hotel will close to residents tomorrow, with the cellar bar closing on Sunday.

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11:18am Wed 1 Jan 14

goatman says...

I thought they had just done it up...
I thought they had just done it up... goatman

12:10pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Alf Garnett says...

Yet so close to Lendal Bridge. Surely doomed to failure.
Yet so close to Lendal Bridge. Surely doomed to failure. Alf Garnett

2:26pm Wed 1 Jan 14

dmw2008 says...

No, they never did it up. This has been in the making for months and rightly so. The cellar bar, which I'm sure they'll gladly admit, was a mess and the hotel rooms, whilst lovely, needed updating.

Too much craziness. The money spent should/will be worth it. It's an ideal location and they need to capitalise on that cellar bar. The hotel is easy cash. Bar is where they could lure extra punters in.
No, they never did it up. This has been in the making for months and rightly so. The cellar bar, which I'm sure they'll gladly admit, was a mess and the hotel rooms, whilst lovely, needed updating. Too much craziness. The money spent should/will be worth it. It's an ideal location and they need to capitalise on that cellar bar. The hotel is easy cash. Bar is where they could lure extra punters in. dmw2008

10:50pm Wed 1 Jan 14

carolpercy@hotmail.co.uk says...

Will it include a Disabled Access slope or something like so everyone can enjoy the refurbishment?
Will it include a Disabled Access slope or something like so everyone can enjoy the refurbishment? carolpercy@hotmail.co.uk

12:39pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Blythespirit says...

This is really positive news. The Judges Lodgings used to be fantastic - both the hotel and the cellar bar - but has declined terribly in recent years since the Masons left. It will be fantastic to see this beautiful building come alive again.
This is really positive news. The Judges Lodgings used to be fantastic - both the hotel and the cellar bar - but has declined terribly in recent years since the Masons left. It will be fantastic to see this beautiful building come alive again. Blythespirit

1:38pm Thu 2 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

carolpercy@hotmail.c
o.uk
wrote:
Will it include a Disabled Access slope or something like so everyone can enjoy the refurbishment?
No
[quote][p][bold]carolpercy@hotmail.c o.uk[/bold] wrote: Will it include a Disabled Access slope or something like so everyone can enjoy the refurbishment?[/p][/quote]No YorkPatrol

6:11pm Thu 2 Jan 14

JudgesManager says...

carolpercy@hotmail.c
o.uk
wrote:
Will it include a Disabled Access slope or something like so everyone can enjoy the refurbishment?
Hi Carol

We’re working closely with the planners as refurbishing a Grade 1 listed building comes with its challenges but we’re pleased to say that our plan is to be as inclusive as we can be and there will be access to the cellar bar via a ramp.
We cant wait to get started!
[quote][p][bold]carolpercy@hotmail.c o.uk[/bold] wrote: Will it include a Disabled Access slope or something like so everyone can enjoy the refurbishment?[/p][/quote]Hi Carol We’re working closely with the planners as refurbishing a Grade 1 listed building comes with its challenges but we’re pleased to say that our plan is to be as inclusive as we can be and there will be access to the cellar bar via a ramp. We cant wait to get started! JudgesManager

9:14pm Thu 2 Jan 14

carolpercy@hotmail.co.uk says...

JudgesManager wrote:
carolpercy@hotmail.c

o.uk
wrote:
Will it include a Disabled Access slope or something like so everyone can enjoy the refurbishment?
Hi Carol

We’re working closely with the planners as refurbishing a Grade 1 listed building comes with its challenges but we’re pleased to say that our plan is to be as inclusive as we can be and there will be access to the cellar bar via a ramp.
We cant wait to get started!
That is great news as before I became disabled it used to be a lovely building to visit.
[quote][p][bold]JudgesManager[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carolpercy@hotmail.c o.uk[/bold] wrote: Will it include a Disabled Access slope or something like so everyone can enjoy the refurbishment?[/p][/quote]Hi Carol We’re working closely with the planners as refurbishing a Grade 1 listed building comes with its challenges but we’re pleased to say that our plan is to be as inclusive as we can be and there will be access to the cellar bar via a ramp. We cant wait to get started![/p][/quote]That is great news as before I became disabled it used to be a lovely building to visit. carolpercy@hotmail.co.uk

6:16am Fri 3 Jan 14

anth!! says...

Alf Garnett wrote:
Yet so close to Lendal Bridge. Surely doomed to failure.
Get a life.
[quote][p][bold]Alf Garnett[/bold] wrote: Yet so close to Lendal Bridge. Surely doomed to failure.[/p][/quote]Get a life. anth!!

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