| The Angel Hotel is an imposing Georgian Coaching House on the main square in Bury St. Edmunds which dates back to the 12th Century. The Hotel is part of the Gough Hotel Group, who briefed Harrison to ‘modernise the Lounge, Bar and Restaurant and develop a fresh brand identity while being sympathetic to its heritage’. The hotel is famed for its association with the writer Charles Dickens, who stayed there three times in the 19th century, referencing the hotel, then a ‘Coaching House’, in his book ‘The Pickwick Papers’. |
The redesign of the space allows for a new chapter, without disregarding the story behind a place with such heritage. Small nods throughout the design keep this history at the forefront of one’s mind.Ink blue walls give a cue to the literary heritage, whilst the bespoke lighting fixture in the Restaurant uses handmade porcelain feathers, creating a statement and connection to ‘angel’ connotations.To the side of the bar, the Snug is guarded by a white bear head, as a subtle nod to the White Bear Inn, which had been one of three inns that used to be on the grounds.