An Exciting New Era for the White Hart

Wednesday 28 June 2023

A programme for a full transformation of the White Hart Hotel with a sensitive and comprehensive refurbishment scheme is under way and we’re excited to unveil the ambitious plans.

The hotel’s owner, Andrew Long, says: “Since acquiring the White Hart Hotel in July 2022, the intention has always been to maximise the full trading potential and to enhance the status of the full range of facilities. Our extensive refurbishment will respect the centuries of heritage in the building and its exceptional location.”

“To now have a confirmed date for the commencement of the works is very exciting for the future of the White Hart, as well as a further ‘milestone’ for Lincoln’s historic Bailgate and the surrounding Uphill area.”

“We believe that the hotel will become one of the very best in the region, as well as remaining a popular and welcoming venue for our loyal guests, many of whom have known the hotel for several decades and generations.”

The hotel will close for the extensive refurbishment and improvement works from 1st March and is scheduled for reopening in Summer 2023. 

Guests can look forward to the complete refurbishment and ‘refit’ of the main Lounge Bar, as well as the addition of a new Club Bar and a relocated Reception. At the same time, there will be a sensitive refurbishment of the ground and first floor function rooms, which includes the former Orangery / Eastgate Suite and King Richard Room.

The restaurant will also be updated and will be rebranded and re-launched. This will include an impressive new frontage onto Bailgate, meaning the venue will now stand as a sophisticated ‘special occasion’ dining destination in its own right, offering high standards of cuisine with extensive use of local produce.

Six bedrooms will be re-launched at the start of Summer, with the other 44 bedrooms and suites to be refurbished in a rolling programme throughout the remainder of the year.

There is also a full re-branding project being undertaken with renowned illustrator Chris Mitchell, who has been instrumental in many iconic designs for world-famous brands.

Paul Noble joined the team as new General Manager in mid-January, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the White Hart.

Having worked in hotels and restaurants across the country, ranging from country houses to some of London’s finest eateries, he will oversee the preparation for the reopening in conjunction with the senior members of the full project team.

Paul said: “There’s nowhere quite like the White Hart and the uniqueness of this hotel is something which I’m very excited about. The world class location and the future potential are what have drawn me to this role and it’s going to be one of the most sought-after Cathedral city hotels in the country once the refurbishment has taken place.”

Andrew added: “Paul brings a huge amount of experience and energy to the role of General Manager. His appointment will be instrumental to the full delivery of our objectives to create a substantial jewel in Lincoln’s crown.”

Interior design is being handled by the nationally renowned DO Design team. Director, Sarah Daniels, said: “Visiting Lincoln and the White Hart, we were struck by the need to reflect the heritage and innate features that may have been lost over time through previous renovations.

“We want to bring back a deep, warm feel and the colours and aesthetic choices we’ve planned will give a look that is both sympathetic to the building’s history without taking it back in time.”

“This will also be supported by a suitable choice of varied furniture and antiques.”

Building work is being completed by the Lindum Group with many other Lincoln based companies, project managed by Luxury Hotel Management, working with John Robert Architects, Building & Quantity specialists P&BC, together with Banks, Long & Co.

Please note that the hotel’s Reservations and Events teams will continue to be available throughout the closure and refurbishment period and will be contactable from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm by telephone on 01522 526 222 or via email at reservations@whitehart-lincoln.co.uk.

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