£3m Refurb of Malone Lodge Belfast!

 £3m Refurb of Malone Lodge will see Belfast’s Newest Restaurant and 250-Seater Banqueting Suite

 The spring of 2013 will be an exciting time for food lovers in south Belfast with the re-opening of the award winning, Malone Lodge Hotel after a £3m refurbishment and extension. The hotel  has already undertaken a significant portion of works outside the existing hotel over the last 4 months including a new underground car park and facilities for new (Suite) bedrooms, taking the total to 120.

The last portion of the refurbishment will require the main hotel to close for two-and-a-half months in January whilst keeping the remaining properties operational. During this time a new function suite for 250 guests will be created alongside new kitchen facilities, new bars and a re-designed lobby.

This change will see the opening of a striking new, stand-alone, 90-seater restaurant. This new facility was a very conscious addition to the hotel, adding to their exceptional reputation for food where the team, headed by chef Dean Butler, have won numerous awards, including twice Northern Ireland Head chef of the Year. This exciting new restaurant, whilst used by guests of the hotel, will be very much aimed at the local public, with a private entrance directly from Eglantine Avenue.

Whilst the name and concept for the restaurant is a closely guarded secret at present, Managing Director, Gareth Macklin commented that it something exceptional and a first for the hotel. “We’ve undertaken extensive market research both locally, nationally and internationally with numerous site visits by the team, to top eateries throughout Ireland and further afield.”

“The hotel had also undertaken recruitment and hired members of the team for several key positions within the hotel. However we aim to add to this recruitment process in the early year, with the need for new members, to add to our existing team. This is a really exciting time for us all and we are delighted that we’ve received such positive response from everyone involved.”

This development which has undertaken extensive planing – was deliberately designed to move Malone Lodge onto the next level. “I believe a perception exists by some who’ve never visited us, that what we have is this little family-owned, city centre hotel, but that’s not true, it’s a misperception and it’s something our new development should certainly eliminate. When this work is complete, we will be offering extensive facilities which will be first rate and we believe that it will set us up as a key player in the marketplace here in Belfast.”

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