2017 Preview: Five of the best... UK venue openings outside London

Take a closer look at five venues due to open their doors outside the capital next year, promising something for everyone from foodies to history buffs.

Chewton Glen
Chewton Glen

Lympstone Manor (Devon)

The two Michelin-star chef Michael Caines is opening a new luxury hotel in East Devon in the spring. 

A former private home a short distance from Exeter is being transformed into a hotel with 21 rooms, many with their own terrace or balcony. Three Grand Estuary Suites and three ground floor Master Estuary Suites will have an outdoor fire table and soak tub.

Three dining rooms overlooking the Exe Estuary will include a 60-seat fine-dining restaurant, while a wine tasting room will house a dispensing machine for tasting by the glass and small groups will be able to enjoy bespoke tasting at a sommelier’s table. 

Chewton Glen cookery school (Hampshire)

Foodies will also welcome the arrival of luxury hotel Chewton Glen’s new cookery school, The Kitchen, offering corporate team building options, in March.

Rob Cottam, who joined the hotel in August, will head the school and work in association with the celebrity chef James Martin to deliver bespoke courses and demonstrations. Groups will be able to harvest ingredients for classes from the hotel’s greenhouse and garden before getting to work at the 12 professionally-equipped cooking stations. 

The Kitchen will also have a 40-seat restaurant, featuring an open-plan kitchen with pizza oven, chef’s table and informal lounge with an outside seating area, and a bakery producing artisan breads and pastries.  

Cloth Hall Court (Leeds)

For larger-scale events, the newest venue from Well Met Conferencing, the conferencing office for Leeds Beckett University, will provide four floors of conference space for up to 300 delegates in the heart of Leeds. 

Taking inspiration from its textile heritage, the rooms at Cloth Hall Court, which is a two-minute walk from Leeds railway station, will have names including Tweed, Herringbone and Wool. 

Opening in the summer following a multimillion pound refurbishment of one of Leeds’ historic sites, the venue will also serve as the Yorkshire premises of the Institute of Directors.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Hull (Hull) 

Another venue opening its doors in Yorkshire during 2017 is a new Hilton DoubleTree hotel, following an agreement with the specialist property developer Brayford Hotels. 

The 165-room new property, which will be managed by leaf HOSPITALITY, aims to attract large-scale conferences and events to Hull with a 1,000 sqm pillar-free ballroom. Other features will include a branded destination restaurant and bar.

Coal Exchange hotel (Cardiff)

Across in Wales, Cardiff’s historical Coal Exchange building is being restored and converted into a luxury hotel as part of a £40m project. 

Scheduled to open from April, the Grade II-listed site in Cardiff Bay will include a 200-suite hotel, serviced apartments, a restaurant and an events venue in the historic trading hall capable of hosting up to 1,000 delegates.

Hotel developer Signature Living is leading the regeneration project. 

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