Afternoon tea & tranquillity
Popular Norwich-based hotel, St Giles House, now boasts a refurbished terrace and a delightful afternoon tea selection
There has been much change at the newly-named St Giles House Hotel, Terrace and Spa over the last few months. From the minute you walk through the entrance hall you’re greeted by staff at the recently installed reception desk. It’s an improvement that many guests might not even notice but it embodies the hotel’s new spirit – the work done so far has been a subtle refresh not a complete reinvention.
Striking this balance was important to the hotel’s new management team – St Giles House is one of Norwich’s iconic landmarks and failure to respect that would certainly have raised a few eyebrows.
The exterior of the building remains unchanged; the sandy yellow stone is still flanked by towering pillars with an intrinsically designed archway housing the thick wooden double doors that lead into the grand foyer.
While the iconic Norwich establishment remains one of the city’s best hotels, managing director Liza Dunnell is keen to stress that St Giles House is “more than a hotel”.
Under Liza’s leadership various aspects of the hotel have been refreshed, from the breakfast menu, which has been enhanced and expanded, to the creation of a children’s play area.
However, the cornerstone, of the refurbishment is the
work done to the terrace and the creation of the hotel’s new afternoon tea range.
The terrace provides bright and relaxed surroundings for guests to enjoy the comprehensive afternoon tea range, which includes both sweet and savoury nibbles.
Running Thursday to Sunday, between 12 noon and 4pm, afternoon tea at St Giles House is open to the public, not just hotel residents, and there is ample parking behind the hotel for guests.
The freshly spruced-up terrace features a beautiful living flower wall, which offers a picturesque backdrop in which to enjoy afternoon tea.
Liza and her team have several additional renovations and tweaks they hope to implement in the next few months, including replacing the bar top, but already St Giles House is sparkling with a new lease of life.
Whether you need a room in the city for a night or just fancy soaking in the pleasant Norfolk sun on a lazy afternoon, this summer St Giles House is the place to be.
For room booking, afternoon tea reservation, or additional information visit www.stgileshousehotel.co.uk