BRINKLOW-based hotel Coombe Abbey has experienced a record year of growth after hosting more than 1,500 events – the most in its 21 year history.
More than 65,000 guests visited the venue for a host of public, private, business and leisure events including medieval banquets, weddings, conferences and Christmas parties.
Afternoon teas recorded the biggest growth across all events held at the former Cistercian Abbey, rising by 36 per cent after serving hours were extended and the menu developed to include both savoury and vegan options.
However weddings continue to be the most popular function at the venue – nearly 200 were staged last year catering for over 15,000 guests.
The boost in growth has led to the creation of 40 new jobs – taking the total number of staff to over 280 people.
Plans have been submitted to extend its popular wedding facilities with an external wedding venue set to be available in the parkland later this year.
Ron Terry, general manager of Coombe Abbey, said: “We are thrilled with these figures which not only reveal Coombe Abbey’s significant growth over its twentieth year, but are a representation of its growing reputation as a unique venue of choice.
“As business demand has grown we have also received more recognition on a regional and national scale, as well as within the industry.
“As we look further into 2016 and beyond, the team is working hard to continue building on this growth by consistently providing a fantastic experience and customer service.
“We also have exciting plans to enhance facilities, such as the proposed external wedding venue, which will allow the hotel to provide even more couples with special wedding celebrations.”