BRIDGWATER NEWS: New owners at the Old Vicarage

BRIDGWATER NEWS: New owners at the Old Vicarage

THE historic Old Vicarage hotel and restaurant in Bridgwater has new owners.

Husband and wife team Peter Starling and Candida Leaver are renovating the Grade II listed property section-by-section starting with the restaurant and some of its 20 ensuite bedrooms.

Candida said: “We’ll remain open throughout the refurbishments and guests should rest assured it’s business as normal! We’re taking bookings for those wishing to stay over and are honouring all bookings made with the previous owners.

“The Old Vicarage is a charming building with some wonderful historical links to Bridgwater’s past including reputably being the place Judge Jeffreys stayed and, also, providing lodgings for Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who designed the train station, also Grade II listed, and a bridge in the town. The hotel is at the very heart of Bridgwater and it desperately needs some TLC.

“We fell in love with it when we first looked around last year and have been working hard behind the scenes to get our trusted and loyal suppliers, and our award-winning team, back together again to take this venture forward.

“Anyone who knows us from our time at The Bower Inn will appreciate we’re sticklers for standards and details, and that it is vital we update the décor and upgrade facilities here at The Old Vicarage as soon as possible.

“We’ll be keeping the hotel open while we work on the various sealed-off areas and, rest assured, there will be minimal disruption to guests who have already booked in to stay with us this spring. We will be providing the same breakfast offering, facilities and level of service until the work is complete.”

Peter, Candy and team hope to have the restaurant renovated and re-opened in March and some of the rooms relaunched in April, with the rest to follow in May.