Shepherd Neame Acquires Renowned Hotel in Tunbridge Wells

Posted: 24 September 2012

Blog category: News, Pubs, Hotels

Shepherd Neame has acquired the Royal Wells Hotel and the Beau Nash Tavern in Tunbridge Wells for an undisclosed sum.

The 23-bedroom 18th century hotel in Mount Ephraim combines Victorian elegance and modern comfort. Its individually-designed rooms are a major feature, while its charming setting and accessibility to the many attractions on offer in and around Tunbridge Wells make it a popular destination for tourists and business travellers alike.

Its Chalybeate Restaurant offers a refined dining experience, using the best seasonal produce for its extensive menu. The Conservatory Restaurant, with its intimate lounge bar, is the perfect venue for relaxed dining and parties.

The hotel also has its own pub, the Beau Nash Tavern, a cosy, welcoming venue offering a traditional menu and a wide range of drinks, as well as a beautiful walled garden and live music on a Saturday night.

It draws its inspiration from the 18th century dandy Richard ‘Beau’ Nash who as self-appointed Master of Ceremonies in Tunbridge Wells was responsible for the town’s entertainments.

Queen Victoria made frequent visits to the hotel in the early part of the 19th century and later granted the use of her coat of arms, which is displayed at the top of the building.

The hotel offers an inclusive wedding package with a choice of three venues – The Ephraim Room, The Alexandra Room and The Conservatory.

It is also renowned for its excellent banqueting and conference facilities.

The Royal Wells Hotel is ideally situated for guests to enjoy the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells with its wide range of shopping and famous Pantiles. The Tunbridge Wells Golf Club is nearby, with Penshurst Place, Hever Castle, Bedgebury Pintetum, Scotney Castle and Bewl Water Reservoir a short drive away.

Nigel Bunting, Shepherd Neame retail director said: “We are delighted to have acquired the popular Royal Wells Hotel, a building of great character and a fascinating history.

“We have a successful track record of developing premium hotels and the Royal Wells will make a fine addition to our estate.”

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