Historic Maynard Arms hotel brought back to life by new management

The Maynard Arms in Grindleford, Derbyshire, has reopened under new management after undergoing a full transformation, including a new restaurant and bar.

Now managed by seasoned hotelier Robert Hattersley, the Hope Valley Hotel has undergone extensive renovations to bring the 18th century destination back to life after securing a £70,000 funding package from NatWest.

Over the last three months, the hotel has had its ballroom, garden, restaurant and bar area modernised. The updated restaurant seats 110 people and serves fresh and locally sourced food influenced by cuisines from across the world, while the bar has local spirits and craft beers on tap.

A popular venue for wedding ceremonies, work is also underway to convert a disused function room into a new bridal suite and an additional bedroom, bringing the total number of bedrooms to 12.

The Maynard Arms currently employs 30 members of staff, with an additional 10 part-time employees expected to join the team during the summer season.

Commenting on his new venture, Robert Hattersley said:

“I knew I wanted to eventually have my own project in the Peak District. I grew up in the area and my parents owned a restaurant in Bakewell, so I always hoped I’d return some day.

“When the Maynard Arms became available, I decided to use my 15 years’ experience in hospitality to take it over. It’s such a beautiful building with so much character and it’s surrounded by amazing walks – the interior only needed modernising. We’re really pleased with the work that’s been done so far, particularly in the restaurant, and we’d like to thank NatWest for its support throughout.”

The funding was managed by NatWest relationship manager, George Foster and BHP LLP Chartered Accountants.

George Foster said:

“Rob has extensive experience working in the hospitality industry and in the short time he’s managed the Maynard Arms, he’s really up-scaled the venue. I’m looking forward to seeing the hotel fully completed and I have no doubt it will be a huge success.”

Work is expected to be fully complete by mid-March.

Picture: Robert Hattersley and George Foster


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