Af­ter­noon tea & tran­quil­lity

Pop­u­lar Norwich-based ho­tel, St Giles House, now boasts a re­fur­bished ter­race and a de­light­ful af­ter­noon tea se­lec­tion

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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

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