A large bar and restaurant is planned at a prominent hotel that sits in the shadow of York Minster.
We reported last summer that the Dean Court Hotel had been sold to The Inn Collection Group, whose MD Sean Donkin described the venue as “spectacular”.
He added: “It matches our ‘pubs with rooms’ blueprint in every way, offering our expanding customer base an unrivalled location with a phenomenal USP in its proximity to York Minster.”
Now the group is seeking permission to make significant changes to the Duncombe Place hotel.
“The client is looking to sensitively adapt the existing spaces to create a larger bar and restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel to provide a warm, welcoming space that is full of atmosphere with associated improvements to the back-of-house spaces,” planning documents say.
The Dean Court Hotel is Grade II listed, and comprises three groups of buildings – 1, 2 and 3 Duncombe Place (dating from 1866); 4 and 5 Duncombe Place (mid-1700s); and 21 High Petergate (early 1700s), which used to house Café Concerto on the ground floor.
Work proposed under the plans include:
- the creation of a private dining room in the front room of 21 High Petergate
- changes to the dining room and kitchen “to relocate the dispensing bar to the centre of the restaurant”
- the removal of modern partitions forming the bar, servery and corridor to create an enlarged restaurant area
- the removal of partition walls forming toilets at the back of 21 High Petergate to create further restaurant seating with a new opening into the rear extension
- the removal of the modern partitions forming the reception and office within the main entrance to create a “large welcoming bar and hotel reception area”
- extra toilets in the basement.
Planning documents state: “The works proposed seek to enhance the restaurant and bar offer of the hotel for both guests and external visitors and to allow the building to realise its full potential worthy of its almost unrivalled location facing York Minster.”
You can read the planning application here.