Kings Arms Dorchester could open early next year

Kings Arms Dorchester could open early next year

Published by George Sharpe at 1:09pm 29th August 2019. (Updated at 2:21pm 29th August 2019)

The historic pub has been closed since 2015.

The first guests will be able to stay when they open the ground floor and 20 bedrooms at the end of the first phase of the work.

Phase 2 of the works are expected to take 6 months but it's not likely to begin until the end of summer 2020. It's expected to be fully open in early 2021.

What's different at the Kings Arms Hotel?

Much of the original building will be maintained, but it will be more open plan. They've also had to make crucial changes for health and safety reasons.

There used to be a checking-in box in the old reception area, which they say has been completely removed.

Work's on-going to get the 1850's building ready for reopening in February 2020
Work's on-going to get the 1850's building ready for reopening in February 2020

Developer, Stay Original told Dorchester BID on Wednesday:

"We're just going to have a nice little elegant desk and it'll be a much more open reception area.

"Technology these days, you don't need big check in spaces and we want to really open the space out so you can see it properly."

"We're ripping out all the copper pipe, and putting lots of new copper pipe in... That's the only way you have a proper heating system."

Changes have also been made to the bar area, which used to be 3 separate rooms and will now be one, more open room.

15 bedrooms and the ground floor are expected to open at the end of phase one of the work.
15 bedrooms and the ground floor are expected to open at the end of phase one of the work.

Rob Greacen, Managing Director of Stay Original said:

"The whole plan is that you can walk around the building and understand how it's developed over the years and how it's changed, and see a lot of the original features where possible.

"It's been tough with this project because the building has been knocked around a bit over the years and quite a lot of the original features have been removed over the years, which is sad.

"Whenever we've done this before we just create a new meeting place, somewhere where people can just go and do whatever they want to do. 

"There are lots of interesting places to go to in Dorchester and this will just be another one, but we hope it will be a good one."

Reflecting a change in demand

Along with some of the interior changes to the building, you'll also be able to get a roast dinner whenever you want. 

Kitchen staff will work around the clock to serve food. Mr Greacen told Dorchester BID that people often buy roast dinners past 5 o'clock nowadays, and this will be reflected in the way they function.

Phil Gordon, Project Director for Dorchester BID said:

“It was really exciting not just to hear about the plans and progress at the Kings Arms Hotel but Rob Greacen showed the passion and enthusiasm that he and his team have to create a really unique feel to this historic building with their sympathetic restoration.

"When opening in early 2020 I’m sure it will further assist the towns continued growth and popularity” 

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