Food: New look at the Guinness Arms
Following a year-long, £2 million transformation, the Guinness Arms in Icklingham has reopened to the public.
Owned by the Elveden Estate - helmed by Lord Iveagh of the Guinness dynasty, which gives the inn its name - the former Red Lion has lost none of its 16th century charm, yet has gained a stunning new-look interior, complete with dramatic extension overlooking the river.
With each bedroom inspired by one of his Guinness cousins, including gardening guru Bunny Guinness, actor Sir Alec Guinness and bag designer Lulu Guinness, who personally designed a mural for her room, Lord Iveagh has, says general manager Ben Hyde, overseen every element of the refurbishment, from selecting furniture to shaping the menu, which spotlights super-local, in-season produce, including venison and vegetables sourced from the surrounding Estate.
Encompassing two bars, one of which focuses on gin and cocktails, and a 93-cover restaurant, the Guinness Arms has a pair of outdoor terraces and sweeping garden, which runs to the banks of the River Lark.
“We want the Guinness Arms to be a fabulous venue for locals and friends and for guests to feel welcome and at home,” adds Ben.
“We have received a fantastic welcome from the villagers and are delighted to be bringing life to this beautiful building again.”
See guinnessarms.com or call (0163) 597547 for further information.
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