New Era for The Merchant as £750,000 Investment Gets Under Way

Belfast’s 5-star Merchant Hotel is embarking on a significant £750,000 investment of some of its most iconic spaces, heralding a new era for the landmark hotel.

The evolution of The Merchant’s Great Room Restaurant and Cocktail Bar will include a significant refurbishment that will accentuate and celebrate the original features of the Grade A listed building, whilst luxurious, elegant new furnishings will refresh the interiors and elevate the world-famous Merchant welcome.

Merchant Hotel Cocktail Bar

The Great Room will be reimagined to create a standalone restaurant identity to match the excellence and innovation of its food and beverage offering, befitting of its two AA rosettes. A dramatic centrepiece directly under the chandelier will highlight the grandeur of the vaulted dome ceiling, whilst sophisticated lighting will create a warm ambience and draw greater attention to the ornate Victorian features.

The Cocktail Bar will also undergo significant refurbishment, with plush furnishings and a sleek titanium granite bar top and tables amongst the new features. To coincide with the launch next month, a new edition of The Merchant’s world-famous cocktail book will also be unveiled, with the introduction of an enviable collection of classic and innovative new drinks.

Merchant Hotel Great Room

Commenting on the investment, Bill Wolsey, managing director, Beannchor said: When The Merchant opened in 2006, it was unlike anything ever seen in Belfast. We’re extremely proud of this legacy and the achievements of our team over the last 14 years, but we cannot stand still. This important refurbishment is a reflection of our commitment to continuing to exceed the expectations of our guests, in line with the changing demands of our discerning clientele.”

Gavin Carroll, general manager, The Merchant Hotel added: “The Merchant is renowned for its world-famous hospitality and this significant investment will help us to refine and evolve our offering, ensuring we continue to offer unforgettable experiences for our guests. We’re looking forward with excitement to this new era for The Merchant Hotel and to sharing this exciting new chapter with our guests.”

The new look Great Room Restaurant and Cocktail Bar will be unveiled in early April. During the refurbishment, Berts Jazz Bar and The Cloth Ear will be open daily from 12pm for lunch, dinner and drinks, with Afternoon Tea served in Berts.

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