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All Things Norfolk have teamed up with Paul Dickson Tours for a chance of winning a guided Historic Pub tour of Norwich for up to 6 people. 

Get a taste for the history of Norwich pubs on this guided walking tour. The tour starts from the 16th century Maids Head Hotel Bar on Wensum Street and lasts for 1½ hours. See where Ralph McTell had his first professional gig and Paul Simon sang solo; explore where Monsieur du Pain entertained drinkers by dipping his feet in boiling lead; visit Alan Partridge’s favourite Norfolk bar and discover where 18th century diarist Parson Woodforde used to drink.

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The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich, which claims to be the oldest hotel in the UK, won the Best Employer accolade at the Norfolk Business Awards 2018. The hotel was the only hospitality business to pick up an award. 

Privately owned since December 2012, the hotel has embarked, over the last four years, on a phased multi million pound renovation and refurbishment programme to ensure that the historic building meets the expectations of 21st century visitors.

Christine Malcolm, General Manager, the Maids Head Hotel said: “We are thrilled to have won the Best Employer accolade at the Norfolk Business Awards. Our staff are at the heart of our renovation and refurbishment programme and are vital to the success of the business.”

This project covers all aspects of the property from bedrooms, reception and public lounges to the kitchens, where work will begin in early 2019. Much of the hotel is listed with the oldest guest accommodation dating back the 15th century. So a sympathetic treatment has been essential.

Guests enjoyed a a special dinner party at the Maids Head Hotel in Tombland, Norwich, hosted by 'John Paston' on Thursday, November 22, to mark the first mention of the the hotel's name in a Paston letter dated November 22, 1472.

Rob Knee of the Paston Footprints Project and Paston Heritage Society, who was master of ceremonies for the evening, as John Paston, presented a facsimile of the Paston letter mentioning the Maids Head to the hotel. In the letter John Paston II advised: “if he tery at Norwyche ther whyls, it were best to sette hys horse at the Maydes Hedde.” Rob Knee also cut a special cake marking the hotel's 'birthday'.

Christine Malcolm, General Manager, the Maids Head Hotel said: “We are very pleased to be working with the Paston Footprints Project and would like to thank Rob Knee and his colleagues for their kind gift of the facsimile of our 'birthday' letter, which we will put on permanent display in the hotel.”

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 00:00

Christmas at the oldest hotel in the UK

The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich, which claims to be the oldest hotel in the UK, is offering a choice of three or four night Festive breaks.

Christmas at the Maids Head features culinary feasts prepared by award winning Head Chef, 'Magic' Marcin Pomierny and his talented brigade, along with the warmest of hospitality and lots of entertainment. 

The hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Norwich, with the Cathedral directly opposite. Guests can attend Midnight Eucharist on Christmas Eve and services on Christmas Day.

The Maids Head Hotel in Tombland, Norwich, has achieved a Four Star Silver Award, for the first time, in its 2018 AA overnight inspection. The hotel's Wine Press Restaurant has retained its Two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence. The Maids Head is the only hotel in the City of Norwich with a Four Star Silver Award.

The Maids Head's Silver Award was secured thanks to an increase in the AA merit score to 83% and acknowledges the quality of the hotel's physical attributes. The Silver Award is given to highly recommended hotels and was introduced in 2015. 

Six members of staff at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich have had babies in recent months. The new arrivals, parents and siblings were invited to the hotel for a special afternoon tea celebration on April 12, hosted by General Manager, Christine Malcolm.

Christine Malcolm explained: “In my 10 years at the Maids Head, we have never had such a large group of new arrivals. So we decided to bring them all together and mark the births with a celebration afternoon tea. To add to the togetherness, Rose our Events Co-ordinator gave birth to her daughter, Mia, on the same day that Malgorzata, wife of Head Chef 'Magic', gave birth to her son, Miesko.”

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

Win afternoon tea and Jessica manicure for 2

Best Beauty, is the new beauty treatment business at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich. Run by Sophie Best, Best Beauty is the only supplier of classic French Guinot skincare treatments in the city centre.

Sophie’s contemporary salon is in a former 18th century coaching parlour on Wensum Street, next to the Maids Head’s historic entrance.

A former City College Norwich student, Sophie Best (25), has launched her own business after working at Sprowston Manor, where she was beauty spa stand-in manager for the last two years.

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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. 
Nelson’s Gold, a brand new spirit drink from Norfolk’s Wild Knight English Vodka, was launched today (March 20) at the Maids Head Hotel in Tombland, Norwich.
 
The new spirit drink combines Wild Knight English Vodka and caramelised East Anglian sugar beet. It takes its name from the story behind the predecessor of Horatio Nelson’s HMS Victory, which was sunk in 1700 containing around £500m worth of gold coins.
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