Lucky Onion to peel off layers hiding latest business
By Andrew Merrell | 4th February 2019
The boutique hotel and restaurant group now synonymous with Cheltenham and the Cotswolds is on the verge of revealing the latest addition to its portfolio.
Regulars at its catalogue of premises, which now include, No. 38 The Park, The Wheatsheaf Inn, The Tavern and The Wild Duck will no doubt have been aware of the company's plans.
Certainly regulars at Bar 131 off Cheltenham'sfamous Promenade - as it rises from the centre into the chic Montpellier quarter - will not have failed to miss the hoardings around the neighbouring building.
But we can reveal that the wrappers are due to be removed from 133 - adjacent to The Queens Hotel facing Imperial Gardens - with an opening date expected to be sometime in March, if not before.
"The amount of restoration work on the building that has gone on is quite incredible. It is going to look fantastic," said Chris Gage, a spokesman for Charlton Kings-based Dowdeswell Estates, the preferred building contractor for Julian Dunkerton-owned Lucky Onion Group.
Bar 131, also a hotel and restaurant, helped lay down a template for the group's style - what it calls "contemporary British" on the outside, with the grand regency frontages, and a mixture of Georgian, modern and contemporary on the inside.
'Unique pieces of furniture' abound, as do original artworks from William Kentridge, David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake, Banksy and Henry Hudson.
It is understood 133 will compliment its near neighbour and reflect the group's signature style. A first glimpse is expected this month (February) with selected media expected to be given a sneak preview.
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