East Yorkshire’spicturesque medieval minster town of Beverley now offers a new place to eat, drink and stay after a historic inn re-opened as a boutique hotel following a two-year restoration project.
The Beverley Arms was once Beverley’s flagship coaching inn, welcoming guests since the 17th Century, has been brought back to life as one of the town’s top places to visit.
Owners Daniel Thwaites has invested over £6m turning the historic building into a stylish place to eat, drink and stay with striking interior design and entertaining spaces.
The new-look hotel now boasts 38 bedrooms, a 68-seat restaurant bathed in natural light, two private dining/meeting rooms, a modern bar and an outdoor courtyard.
This grand building has been part of the town for over 300 years and Thwaites has been careful to retain as many original features as possible.
Among them are brick arches made famous by 19thcentury artist Fred Elwell in his paintings of the Beverley Arms kitchen 100 years ago, which have now become a hidden feature in a new room.
Each bedroom is individually furnished and the hotel overlooks St Mary’s Church, with feature rooms having views across the glorious Norman church, not only regarded as one of England’s most beautiful parish churches, but also home to a carving of a March Hare, said to have inspired Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland.
Rarely for a small market town, Beverley boasts not one, but two historic churches, the best known of which, of course, is the iconic Beverley Minster, one of Britain’s finest examples of medieval gothic architecture.
It is also helping the town gain a reputation as a ‘set-jetting’ destination, with the Minster doubling as Westminster Abbey and St James’s Palace for ITV’s hit series Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman, and also used for BBC TV’s historic drama Gunpowder, featuring Kit Harington.
Nestling on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, and under the shadow of its 13th century Minster, Beverley is also a popular visitor destination thanks to its narrow streets, antique shops, historic buildings anda diverse range of year-round events.
For more information about The Beverley Arms visit www.beverleyarms.co.uk
For more details about things to do in Beverley, visit www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com.
[Photo credit: ©House of Daniel Thwaites]