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Iconic hotel to reopen after makeover


A much-loved hotel in Stroud that once hosted the late Queen, is due to reopen next month for the first time in almost four years following a £2m refurbishment.

The Imperial Hotel dates back to 1863 and was acquired by Simon Berg of London-based S2 Estates in 2022 with plans to turn the building into a boutique hotel renamed The Stroud.

The 200-year-old former coaching inn has been in mothballs since the doors closed in May 2020 when it was previously run as a Thai restaurant.

The new hotel bar and kitchen is being spearheaded by creative director Steph Burrows, an ex-professional ballet dancer and the wife of Razorlight drummer, Andy Burrows.

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Simon Berg, Director at S2 Estates before the refurbishment. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

Steph told Stroud Times: “We are delighted to announce we will be opening the Stroud Hotel, Bar and Kitchen on Friday, December 1st from 5pm.

“We are now taking bookings via our website www.thestroudhotel.com

“The hotel will have a stunning new restaurant, the aptly named Bucknall Bar, a function room for parties and events and 24 bedrooms including suites, family rooms and dog friendly rooms. 

“Our newly revived historic grade II listed hotel, bar and kitchen has been designed with a contemporary and rustic charm. Situated in the Cotswold market town of Stroud and conveniently located opposite the Railway Station just 1.5 hours from London’s Paddington. For the local community to come together and for those visiting we are your Cotswold home.

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Princess Elizabeth visited The Imperial in 1950.

“We are proud to have created 40 new job opportunities as well as sourcing the best of the local areas produce and look forward to supporting the local community.”

The Imperial was built in 1863 by Benjamin Bucknall, the architect who also designed Woodchester Park Mansion.

The hotel was sold to the Stroud Brewery Company in 1949 for £25,000 and was acquired by Berni Inns in 1964.

Take a look at the Stroud Hotel website, CLICK HERE

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