But as the great Charles Dickens once wrote, “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again” , so although that means a short hiatus, the excitement is already building in the local community and it will certainly be a joyous occasion when it reopens.
Rumour has it the new look and feel of The Angel Hotel will draw on the building’s Georgian roots, notable characters from its past (including Charles Dickens himself), and the local history, while also incorporating modern twists and comforts. Think all-day-dining, a sociable yet relaxed lounge and a luxurious dining room – there will be a space for every occasion.
Robert Gough, owner of Gough Hotels, said, “The Angel plays a big part in the history of Bury St Edmunds, it’s iconic. But we did think it was time for a little bit of a face lift. Our plans for the refurbishment draw inspiration from the past, with a small nod to Charles Dickens, who mentioned The Angel in The Pickwick Papers (he stayed in this very building too!).
“Our stunning ivy-clad Coaching Inn lies in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. It’s in a great location for locals to come and enjoy a delicious meal or a drink with friends, and has become a bit of destination for those visiting from further afield. We want to make sure our new look-and-feel has something for everyone as we continue to welcome friends of The Angel both old and new. It’s going to be a period of change, but we look forward to bringing the character of the building and those who have visited, to life.
“We will also be appointing a Head Chef to join the team who will bring their own unique personality to the menu which will focus on seasonality and provenance. In the bar, our fantastic team will also be creating a new cocktail menu making sure there’s a tasty tipple suitable for everyone.”
The extensive refurbishment will begin from 9 January with plans to relaunch in Spring 2019. During this time, the hotel will be offering a breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner service in a temporary location in the building, and rooms will be available as normal (see promotional rates for this period too!).
Booking is essential, and can be made by calling 01284 714 000 or visiting The Angel's website .
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