Work begins at hotel site

Work begins on the Cromwell Hotel, Matlock.
Work begins on the Cromwell Hotel, Matlock.

Work has begun to extend an historic Matlock hotel.

Developers are hoping to give the neglected Old English hotel, in Dale Road, a new lease of life.

A three storey extension is being built and the venue is set to be turned in to a restaurant, six holiday suites and four apartments.

The former nightclub, which is situated in Matlock Bridge Conservation Area has been closed for around 18 months.

Tansley man James Neville has taken over the building and is optimistic that he can turn around the fortunes of the troubled venue.

Mr Neville said hoped the building, which was ravaged by fire at the end of the 19th Century, would be returned to its former glory.

He added: “We are currently knocking down the old beer garden terrace the back of the building to make way for the new extension.

“The original building used to cover that area so we will be reinstating what was burnt down in the fire.

“That will form a large open plan restaurant area.”

The work to create the extension at the back of the building is set to take around six months.

The scheme will also see the former Shakespeare’s Bar refurbished and transformed in to a new facility – with plans for a cafe, bistro or coffee shop being put forward.

Mr Neville said: “For the work we are carrying we will be using matching materials and the architect’s design will replicate features of the existing building.

“The back of the hotel has always looked a bit unfinished because of the fire.

“It is a very grand looking building for the town. Hopefully we will create something that will draw people from the park towards Dale Road.

“We hope it will look interesting and inviting.”

Mr Neville said he was also set to submit another planning application to Derbyshire Dales District Council, seeking permission to create a new building to the rear of the hotel which could house small shops.