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Quorn inn gets a face-lift 1963

Loughborough Monitor - 13th December 1963

A 15,000 face-lift has this week been attracting increased custom to the Bull's Head Hotel, Quorn.

The transformation was complete by Tuesday evening when the new Quorn Lounge was first opened to the public. Where there was formerly a smoke room, manager's office and bottle store there is now a spacious "L" shaped lounge in which modern materials and ideas have not been allowed to destroy the quiet elegance and "country house" atmosphere of the hotel, a 220 year old building which in its time has been a private house and country club.

At a Tuesday lunchtime buffet party attended by brewery officials and contractors responsible for the alterations, Mr A W H Bullen (Controller of the Hotels Division of Bass, Ratcliffe and Gretton group) said it had been the intention to retain "the village atmosphere".

The influence of the Quorn is seen in 80 years old prints of the hunt, and hunting scenes on the porcelain handled beer pumps. French doors look out on to a garden which is to be landscaped. Manager Mr George Dalby and his wife May, who supervises the catering, plan to extend the catering facilities offered by the dining room providing hot and cold snacks in the Quorn lounge.

One man who has been showered with "bouquets" by fellow customers this week is Mr Donald Harmer, a member of the Leicester firm of architects, Smith, Williams and Harmer. Mr Harmer, who lives in Quorn, has been personally responsible for the renovation his "local".

   
 Submitted on: 2011-01-13
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1173
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