Why Kedleston Country House has closed its restaurant to the public

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Kedleston Country House has closed its restaurant to the public with its owners saying the venue is to become “increasingly focused” on hosting weddings and private events.

Since a £1.3 million revamp in 2015, the grade-two-listed property has operated as a hotel, restaurant, bar and wedding venue.

But changes for 2018 mean the restaurant is now exclusively available to hotel guests and private hire groups.

A new weekend restaurant menu – which will be open to the public as well – is due to launch in the spring. The hotel bar is unaffected by the changes and remains open to all throughout the week, from noon to 8pm.

Paul Harris, managing director of Derby Brewing Company, which runs the venue, said the changes were designed to improve the venue’s offering.

He said: “2018 brings a fresh start and new opportunities to The Kedleston. We are welcoming a new management and kitchen team, who will enable us to offer a more consistent food and refined service.

“We will shortly be launching a new weekend restaurant service showcasing the best local seasonal produce, much of which is grown in the Kedleston Country House kitchen garden.

“We would like to thank our local community for supporting us since we opened in 2015 and look forward to providing updates on the exciting new developments from the restaurant.”

The venue's restaurant is currently only available to hotel guests and private functions

The venue's restaurant is currently only available to hotel guests and private functions

The 250-year-old property, in Kedleston Road, near Allestree, is the fourth venue to be renovated and re-launched by Derby Brewing Company since 2007. Others include The Greyhound and Brewery Tap in Derby, and The Queen’s Head in Little Eaton.

Fully licensed for civil ceremonies, the venue’s Orangery restaurant, which leads out on to a terrace and Georgian garden, can host weddings of up to 70 guests.

As well as weddings, The Kedleston Country House also caters for small parties and private dinners, which can be hosted throughout the week or on weekends. Marketing manager Katie Lane said: “Whether you are looking for an extra-special birthday party, life celebration, an intimate setting to gather with family, or the perfect venue to host a corporate event, our dedicated events team can work with you to create a bespoke event to fit your needs and budget.”

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The house was commissioned in 1761 by Sir Nathan Curzon for the Kedleston estate and was overseen by famous Georgian architect Robert Adam.

It was listed in February 1967 and opened as a hotel in 1970.

The hotel remained the property of the estate and became a local landmark. But, prior to Derby Brewing Company’s involvement, it deteriorated and had been boarded up for about four years.

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