Forgotten features unearthed in Royal Hotel makeover

The Royal Hotel in East-the-Water has recently been given an extensive makeover

The Royal Hotel in East-the-Water has recently been given an extensive makeover - Credit: Brend Hotels

An historic Bideford hotel is looking forward to welcoming locals and guests back in as lockdown ends to check out its new look exterior, recently unearthed dining room floor and stunning rooms.

Staff at the Royal Hotel, which dates back to the 17th century, have been busy over the pandemic period restoring some of the hotel’s forgotten features.

The Royal’s maintenance team have painstakingly repainted the hotel’s exterior and in the process revealed some incredible decorative details, including a coat of arms dating back centuries.

The stunning floor unearthed in The Royal's dining room

The stunning floor unearthed in The Royal's dining room - Credit: Brend Hotels

Gazette editor Joe Bulmer caught up with Brend Hotels director Richard Brend last week to find out what’s new at The Royal.

“Around 75 percent of the windows needed replacing, we’ve painted the outside of the hotel many times but this time we’ve given it a real makeover,” said Richard.


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“A lot of architectural details have been unearthed and given a new lease of life. Our maintenance team did a fantastic job; it was a real labour of love.”

The beautifully furnished lounge area

The beautifully furnished lounge area - Credit: Brend Hotels

The stunning floor unearthed in the hotel’s atmospheric dining room is proving to be somewhat of a mystery. The building has a storied past, being used initially as a merchant’s mansion when it was built in 1688.

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“The restaurant area used to be used as a courtyard and stable,” added Richard. “We’re not sure where the beautiful floor came from.”

Richard and his team are busy preparing for the end of the current Covid-19 restrictions at the moment and are looking forward to hosting a number of weddings which had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

The Kingsley Room feature stunning artwork, beautifully kept wood panelling and an incredibly ornate plaster ceiling

The Kingsley Room feature stunning artwork, beautifully kept wood panelling and an incredibly ornate plaster ceiling - Credit: Brend Hotels

“Business has been good. We’re busy, which is the main thing. The restrictions have been limiting us a little but overall, we’re happy,” he explained.

“We’ve been taking care of our residential guests over the pandemic period and a lot of weddings have had to be postponed. We’re really looking forward to a busy rest of the year.”

“We’re perfect for a medium sized wedding, we can even host the ceremony in one our historic rooms. We also have the Royal Bridge Gardens for wedding photo shoots.

“We would love to welcome our locals back for a meal and a few drinks, we’ve got a very big selection of food for lunch time and dinner and a lot of people have not visited since our makeover.”

The Regency Room dining area

The Regency Room dining area - Credit: Brend Hotels

The Royal Hotel overlooks Bideford Bridge from East-the-Water, if you want to find out more about what is on offer call 01237 472005 or visit http://royalbideford.co.uk/

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