Duchess of Cornwall comes to Poundbury

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The Duchy of Cornwall and Hall & Woodhouse are delighted to announce that they are jointly developing a brand new inn on Queen Mother Square in Poundbury, Dorset.  The inn will open in early 2016.   At the suggestion of HRH the Prince of Wales Hall and Woodhouse will call their new inn ‘The Duchess of Cornwall’ in honour of Her Royal Highness.

Hall & Woodhouse has a reputation for developing bold public houses in premium urban settings.  Hall & Woodhouse, Bath, has been identified by Vogue as one of the top ten must-visit places in the city.  Hall & Woodhouse, Portishead, was built with shipping containers and won the Campaign for Real Ale’s rarely given award for best new-build public house in 2013.   In Poundbury Hall & Woodhouse are working closely with the Duchy of Cornwall’s architects,  Quinlan & Francis Terry,  to ensure that ‘The Duchess of Cornwall’ will be a beautiful adornment to Queen Mother Square.  The inn will sit at the heart of the Prince of Wales’ visionary Poundbury development. There will be twenty bedrooms and restaurant facilities as well as the traditional public house offerings.

Anthony Woodhouse, Hall & Woodhouse’s managing director, said ‘It’s a great privilege to be entrusted by the Duchy to develop this prestigious site.  Our inn will blend with and mirror Poundbury’s architecture and His Royal Highness’s vision.   ‘The Duchess of Cornwall’ is being designed with reference to our flagship site in Bath.  We are delighted to have received planning permission for 20 beautiful bedrooms above the bar-restaurant for visitors to stay in and use as a base to enjoy Poundbury and Dorset.   We’ll offer a great menu, lovely coffee, tea and cakes and the full range of our Badger cask and bottled beers.   Our aim is to provide a community facility for all occasions that both residents and visitors to Poundbury can cherish and enjoy.’

Simon Conibear, the Duchy of Cornwall’s Estate Director at Poundbury, commented ‘The Duchy of Cornwall is very pleased to be entering a joint venture with Hall & Woodhouse, a well-established Dorset Brewer with a high reputation in both brewing and hospitality. We have been particularly impressed with their new establishments in Bath, Portishead and Lulworth and believe they can bring the expertise we require for this important building and facility in Queen Mother Square. There has been growing demand for both guest rooms and another pub in Poundbury, and we think it will be popular with local businesses, residents and the thousands of people who visit Poundbury every year.”

Further information about ‘The Duchess of Cornwall’ inn will be announced in due course.