Work Begins on Landmark Folkestone Hotel’s Stunning Transformation
The building formerly known as The Salisbury Hotel, in Clifton Road, is undergoing a major renovation to transform it into a stylish addition to Folkestone’s leisure and hospitality offer.
With a projected completion date of July 2016, the project will create two brand new venues – The View Hotel Folkestone and The Cliffe Restaurant and Bar – which will provide elegant accommodation and dining for locals and visitors alike.
The new owners are a family-led business and the project is being overseen by brother and sister team, Dave Mellish and Ann Grundy.
“When we first saw this beautiful building, we knew it was the one we’d been looking for,” Dave said. “Everything about it is perfect – the wonderful views, the amazing location on The Leas and the impressive architecture. We’ve also fallen in love with Folkestone itself – the town is in a hugely exciting phase. It has a great feel and all the regeneration projects that are going on here, such as the Creative Quarter and the Harbour Arm, convinced us that this is the place to be. The people here are clearly passionate about investing in their town and we’re delighted to be adding to that investment, in hope that our new venues will become an integral part of Folkestone’s cultural life.”
Aiming to attract a broad variety of guests, The View Hotel Folkestone will offer four star boutique accommodation that embraces the best of modern design, while also reflecting the building’s timeless sophistication.
Open to non-hotel residents, The Cliffe Restaurant and Bar offers a traditional British menu concept that encompasses classic favourites and seasonal specials. Fresh local produce will always be on the menu, including the rich variety of fish caught off the Kent coastline. A true family business, The Cliffe Restaurant will be managed by Dave’s son, Charlie.
Throughout the building, the family’s passion and attention to detail will be evident once the renovation work is complete.
“We love bringing old buildings back to life and returning them to their former glory,” Dave said. “This building was somewhat rundown when we took over and in addition to enhancing the interiors with a high quality finish, we will be restoring and keeping the original features. It is part of Folkestone’s past and we want to preserve it so it can make a valuable contribution to the town’s future.”
Dave and Ann hope that the new restaurant and bar will become a popular place for locals to socialise and relax. There will also be rooms available for the local community to hire for private functions and meetings.
The building’s future is certainly bright, but in a bid to frame a better picture of its past, Dave and Ann are appealing to Folkestone residents for their memories of days gone by.
“We know it used to be three separate houses at one time, until it was converted to a hotel in the 1930s, but other than that we have very little information about the building’s history,” Ann said. “We’d love to hear people’s stories about times they’ve spent here or see photographs of how it used to look. So we’d be delighted to hear from anyone who can shed light on the building’s past.”
Anyone who would like to share memories, documents or photographs can contact Jane Connolly at White Spot PR on 07793 075311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org