New bar/lounge opens at iconic Lynn hotel

Massey & Co has opened in King's Lynn. Pictured is bar manager Reay Thomson. Picture: Ian Burt

Massey & Co has opened in King's Lynn. Pictured is bar manager Reay Thomson. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A new bar and lounge has been created at the historic Duke's Head Hotel in King's Lynn.

The new concept has been incorporated into the building and the hotel's facade has also been repainted in soft blue.

The 'Massey and Co' bar has been named after the bank which operated within the building up until the 1930s.

Suki Dulai, chief executive officer of Surya Hotels Group, said: 'As well as offering improved and stylish facilities to visitors and guests the renovation work at the Duke's Head is also about honouring an important part of the building's history.' A new logo has been created for the cocktail bar, featuring its initial in gold, which forms the classic shape of a dry martini cocktail.

It will be open daily, from 9am tomorrow, serving hand-crafted beverages and freshly baked pastries. Bar nibbles, sliders and larger eats will also be available throughout the day.

In the evening the bar will become more of a cocktail lounge with dimmed lights, ambient music, cocktails, fine wines and craft beers.

The adjacent Orford Lounge will continue to provide traditional afternoon tea and a quiet space to relax.

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The hotel was built in 1683 for King's Lynn MP, Sir John Turner and the hotel's popular restaurant, which was named after him, has remained open for business throughout the renovations which took place over the summer.

The hotel has played host to some major political icons and royalty over the years, including Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minster, and Princess Victoria, who stayed at the hotel in 1835, two years before she became queen.

As part of the renovation, the hotel discovered that a woman was one of Massey and Co's main partners in 1813 - more than a century before UK women could vote.

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