The Inn Collection Group (ICG) pub in Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, was featured on a ‘best of’ list in about the national park for its “simply styled rooms and cocktails” in The Sunday Times.
Acquired by the Newcastle-based operator in December 2020, the site reopened following a multimillion-pound makeover at the start of the year.
For the general manager Leanne Jeffrey, hiring friendly employees was key to delivering a stellar accommodation offer.
“The staff make people’s stay sometimes,” she said. “[The customers] might have whatever issues when they get there, but by the time they’ve left, they’ve had a great time, because everybody’s made to feel welcome.”
Key to success
She said the ICG always tried to welcome guests into pubs as they were welcomed into their own home. “Your staff are always your key to success”, she added.
This was certainly true for the team at the Angel Inn, which is located on the banks of Windermere. “Hats off to them to them,” said Jeffrey. “They do a good job”.
The pub which includes 37 double, twin and family rooms, is “beautiful”, according to Jeffrey, in a prime location only a stone’s throw from the lake. Windermere is a mere 20-minute walk away, and Ambleside is also accessible by bus.
However, she believed it was the beer garden that set the Angel Inn apart from the crowd. During the April heatwave, it was a “prime spot”. She added: “It gets sunshine all day, [and] we’ve got a nice little view as well – you can see the lake.”
Renovations to the site were led by Newcastle-based Design North and the ICG’s projects team.
ICG operations manager Paul Brown said: “We have created a wonderful bar and restaurant that people are seeking out and enjoying so to see it make a list of the top places to stay in the Lakes is fantastic.
“The refurbishment has refreshed all the bedrooms at across the three buildings into the group’s style, created a cosy and welcoming pub and a stunning garden terrace with a really pleasing view of Bowness and the surrounding fells.”