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Hannah Barnes won a competition earlier this year, run in conjunction with City College Norwich Art and Design students, for an illustration of the Maids Head Hotel to be printed on new mugs, which are now in the hotel’s 84 bedrooms, as part of the tea and coffee making facility. The mugs are also on sale in hotel reception.

Jenny Sadler and her mother Dorothy Watts and 10 other members of the Watts family and friends, joined the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor David Fullman at the Maids Head Hotel on Friday, July 14 to celebrate the £230,000 refurbishment of seven feature rooms in the hotel.
 
The majority of the rooms are in the Palace Street wing, acquired by the hotel in the 1980s and converted into bedrooms and function rooms. The Watts family ran businesses there until the middle of the 1960s. 
 
Jenny Sadler was born in 1962 in part of what is now the Cathedral Suite, but back then it was her Mum, Dorothy and Dad, John Watts’ bedroom. 
Four students from the Art and Design Foundation Course, at City College Norwich, competed to have their illustration of the exterior of the Maids Head Hotel reproduced on new mugs for the hotel’s bedrooms. 
 
The competition was judged on Thursday, May 25 by Martin Laurence, Chairman Norwich Twenty Group (N20G), along with fellow N20G members Fliss Cary and Joceline Wickham, plus Christine Malcolm General Manager, Maids Head Hotel and Paul Youngs from Expert Print Management. 
Published in Competition Corner
Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:00

The Grove scoops national award

The Grove in Cromer, owned by three generations of the Graveling family for the past 81 years, is the winner of AA’s Bed and Breakfast with a Story for 2017-18.

Richard, Chris and Liz Graveling picked up the award at a gala lunch hosted by the five-star Landmark Hotel in London on Monday.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to win such a prestigious honour”, said Richard.  “The standard of entries was apparently very high so to come out on top is a real compliment.” 

Students from Istituto Tecnico per il Turismo G.Mazzotti, Treviso in northern Italy, took part in a pancake challenge at the Maids Head Hotel, in Norwich, to mark  Shrove Tuesday
 
The Italian students were victorious in a timed pancake making competition, against a team comprising staff from the Maids Head, The English Experience and Liftshare. 
 
Linzi Rawson, Sales Manager, Maids Head Hotel explained: “The English Experience asked if we would host the group of 40 Italian students and take them on a tour of the hotel. As it was Shrove Tuesday, we decided to also introduce them to our pancake tradition.
A framed Edwardian watercolour of the exterior of the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich, painted by Walter Hayward-Young in 1908 for a series of postcards of the hotel, has been discovered in a loft in Surrey.
 
Graham O’Connell, who lives in Frimley Green, Surrey, bought the painting 20 years ago in Camberley, along with a number of other paintings, drawings and documents. He was tidying up items in his loft, found the painting and decided to offer it to the Maids Head.
City College Norwich students Katie Carruth and Robyn Jackson, who won October’s Maids Head Apple Cake Bake off, returned to the hotel on Monday to take part in a Marie Curie Norfolk Knobbler cook off to create a new dish for the hotel’s Wine Press Restaurant. The Maids Head also announced that Marie Curie will be the hotel’s charity for 2017. 
 
Robyn worked alongside Marcin ‘Magic’ Pomierny, Maids Head Head Chef and Katie was paired with Charlie Hodson, Norfolk Food & Drink Champion.  Each team had 10 ingredients to create and cook a dish in one hour; the main ingredient was the Norfolk Knobbler sausage, from Archer’s Butchers. Sausage sales are raising money for Marie Curie in Norfolk.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 00:00

The Grove Wins Prestigious Award

The Grove in Cromer has been recognised by the Luxury Travel Guide as their Unique Luxury Hotel of the Year and commended for the high quality of food, amenities and accommodation.

It comes on the back of the Eviivo Hidden Gems award shortlisting earlier in the year – to go with a double AA Rosette, four-star Gold Award and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence -  and rounds off the eightieth anniversary of the same family running the Grove.

The judges said:  “The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of hospitality achievement, championing the best in their respective fields; therefore to come out on top is truly an achievement to be proud of. This year has seen an unprecedented number of shortlisted companies, providing strong competition in every category.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 00:00

City College Wins Great Norfolk Bake Off

City College Norwich students, Katie Carruth and Robyn Jackson won the Great Norfolk Bake Off, celebrating Apple Day, at the Maids Head Hotel in Tombland on Tuesday, October 25. 
 
Working in pairs, three Maids Head teams, drawn from departments across the hotel, battled it out against three teams of City College first year catering students. Their task was to bake an apple cake using the same recipe. Charlie Hodson, Norfolk Food & Drink champion was master of ceremonies on the day.

The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Marion Maxwell officially opened the Eighth in the East’s new touring exhibition, at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich, on Friday 23 September. The exhibition is at the hotel until Thursday 6 October.  

The Eighth in the East is a three-year Heritage Lottery Fund project exploring the legacy of the 8th USAAF The exhibition shares the social and landscape history of a time when our region was known as ‘Little America’. 
 
The Lord Mayor of Norwich said: “Since World War II, the City has had a long and happy relationship with American servicemen and their families, welcoming them back to Norwich and Norfolk. We are very fortunate to have the Second Air Division Memorial Library at The Forum in Norwich, along with its digital archive, ensuring that the story of the friendly invasion is never forgotten.”
Published in Norfolk News
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:00

Maids Head Hotel New Entrance Launch

The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich has completed a £150,000 project to refurbish the public lounges and reception and create a new entrance on Tombland, including a revolving door. The Dean of Norwich, The Very Reverend Jane Hedges, officially 'launched' the new entrance, on Tuesday, September 13. 
 
Christine Malcolm, General Manager the Maids Head Hotel said: “The hotel has been privately owned by the Chaplin family since December 2012. Our owners have embarked on a range of sympathetic refurbishment and renovation projects, to ensure that our historic building meets the expectations of 21st century visitors. Our new entrance and reception area provides a much more welcoming environment with lovely views out onto Tombland. We have also been pleased to be able to work with a range of local contractors and suppliers on this project.”

The Maids Head Hotel launched a new Norwich Summer Staycation package at the Royal Norfolk Show, with a ‘beach burial’, on the hotel’s stand.  Amy Elvin, the hotel’s wedding co-ordinator is pictured being buried by Carey Briggs from Pensthorpe Natural Park, hotel colleague Katherine Renhard and Louise Rout from Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. 

The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich worked closely with Cecil Gowing Infant School, Sprowston, on a project for 60 children (aged 4 and 5) who have been learning about all the activities required to plan and implement a successful wedding.
 
A week of planning culminated, on Monday 20 June with a 'wedding service' at St Cuthbert's Church in Sprowston, followed by the 'wedding reception’ and disco at the Maids Head Hotel. 
Published in Norfolk News
Thursday, 12 May 2016 00:00

Great Norfolk Sandwich Competition

City College Norwich student, Justin Gallant (16) from Blofield is the winner of the inaugural Great Norfolk Sandwich competition, run by the Maids Head Hotel and City College Norwich, to celebrate British Sandwich Week.
 
Judges Candi Robertson from Candi’s Chutney, representing Norfolk Food & Drink Festival, Luke Powell from the Eastern Daily Press and Maids Head Hotel General Manager Christine Malcolm and Head Chef Marcin ‘Magic’ Pomierny, unanimously voted Justin’s barbecue pulled pork, with Norfolk Dapple cheese, a truly Great Norfolk Sandwich.
Published in Competition Corner
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 00:00

The Maids Head Hotel flushed with success

The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich has won best English hotel loo, in the Loo of the Year Awards 2015.  

In addition to winning the National Award for Hotels in England, the Maids Head’s toilets received top Platinum grading and a special Attendant of the Year Award for cleanliness.

The Loo of the Year Awards, www.loo.co.uk, have been identifying the best in Britain since 1987, and are recognised as standard setters for all those who provide ‘away from home’ facilities for staff, customers and visitors.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 00:00

Maids Head Hotel £1.3 million Refurbishment

The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Brenda Arthur visited the Maids Head Hotel on Tuesday, November 17, to mark the completion of £1.3 million of refurbishment projects at the historic hotel, carried out over the last 12 months.
 
Christine Malcolm, General Manager, the Maids Head Hotel said: “We were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor to the hotel to mark the completion of our current refurbishment work at the hotel. We are very proud of the Maids Head’s long history, serving the people of Norwich and Norfolk and visitors to the city for at least eight centuries. We have carried out a range of sympathetic renovation projects to ensure that the historic building meets the expectations of 21st century visitors and operates in a much more environmentally friendly way.” 
A 70 year-old bill, in near perfect condition, for a one-week stay at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich, along with a tariff card, has been donated to the hotel and provides a remarkable insight into a visit to Norfolk in the immediate post-war period.
 
Mrs and Miss Dale stayed in the Maids Head’s room 58, from 16 to 23 October 1945 at 17 shillings (85p) a day, had breakfast every morning at 7 shillings (35p) for 2, lunch on four occasions at 8 shillings (40p) for two and dinner on six evenings at 10 shillings (50p) for two. Their total bill came to £14/6s/4d (£14.32p).
 
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00

Norfolk First for Maids Head Hotel

Guests at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich now have the latest iRiS guest services paper free app in their bedrooms. The iPad based system, a first for a hotel in Norfolk, gives guests the opportunity to reserve a table in the restaurant and order their meal, order drinks at the bar, book taxis, check airport departure boards, browse the internet, get the latest information on events and culture in Norwich and days out in Norfolk and much more.  
 
The app will also soon include the environmental control switch for bedrooms in the older part of the hotel, when the new heat pump based heating and cooling system is commissioned.

The Maids Head Hotel in Tombland is supporting the Cavell Nurses’ Trust’s #HereforNurses fundraising campaign during the Norwich City of Ale festival.

The hotel will donate 10p to the Cavell Nurses’ Trust for every pint of draught Maids Head Ale and Woodforde’s Wherry served in the Maids Head Bar during the City of Ale festival, which runs from Friday, May 21 to Sunday, May 31.

The Maids Head has important links with the Edith Cavell story. Part of the hotel, acquired in 1956, was the former Cavell Home for District Nurses, opened by Queen Alexandra in 1918, at the same time as the unveiling of the Edith Cavell memorial.  The main meeting room in this part of the hotel was renamed the Edith Cavell Room last December, when the Cavell Nurses’ Trust launched their centenary appeal at the Maids Head. 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 00:00

Maids Head Hotel City of Ale Boost

The Maids Head Hotel is supporting the restoration of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden’s 19th century thatched boathouse, during the Norwich City of Ale festival 2014. The hotel will be donating 5p to the boathouse project, for every pint of Maids Head Ale, Woodforde’s Wherry and Flagondry sold at the Maids Head Bar, from 22 May to 1 June.