De Vere Cotswold Water Park splashes out on gastro pub, The Old Boathouse, Muddy Duck Café and relaxed Lounge

August 21, 2018

De Vere Cotswold Water Park has unveiled the first phase of its multi-million-pound refurbishment, with a complete transformation of its lakeside gastro pub, The Old Boathouse, the addition of a new restaurant, The Lounge, which features inspired sharing menus and the creation of the Muddy Duck Café.  The hotel’s lobby has also been tastefully reimagined, with new furniture and lighting, to improve guest’s arrival experience.

The Old Boathouse at De Vere Cotswold Water Park has had a top-to-toe refurbishment and is once again open to the public. The new gastro pub lunch and dinner menus feature; light bites, such as smashed avocado sandwich with chili, poached hen’s egg and coriander on sourdough; a range of gourmet main dishes, including a dry aged sirloin steak with a garlic and herb butter, beer battered onion rings and chips; and classic desserts, such as summer fruit Eton mess.

The Old Boathouse can seat up to 110 guests inside and has 50 outdoor seats ideal for celebrations – for both local residents and hotel guests. Inspired by the tranquility of Lake 6, part of De Vere Cotswold Water Park, the new décor draws on the calming green, navy blue and taupe hues from the surrounding scenery.

The Lounge, situated in the hotel’s main building, provides the ultimate relaxed breakout area for guests on spa retreats. The tucked-away space has introduced a new ‘small plates’ menu, which is ideal for groups to share, inspired by the garden, land and sea. Dishes include broad bean falafel served with mint, pomegranate, natural yoghurt, and pitta bread, and Plaice goujons with crab mayonnaise and charred lemon. A range of sourdough sandwiches – priced at £8 – and classic desserts are also available.

Simon Bradley, Head Chef at De Vere Cotswold Water Park, commented: “Since joining in March I’ve been busy curating the new menus for both The Old Boathouse, Brasserie Restaurant and the Lounge. With four eateries attached to the hotel it is important that each dining experience not only provides guests with delicious options but offer something different and inspiring. Whether it’s classic comfort food, nutritious sharing plates or a lunch-time sandwich, there’s something for everyone at De Vere Cotswold Water Park.”

Set among 152 lakes, De Vere Cotswold Water Park provides an idyllic setting for tranquil walks along the water fronts. To accommodate its many walkers and four-legged friends, the hotel has opened a new family-friendly café, The Muddy Duck.  The café, which stands separate from the hotel building offers a relaxed atmosphere for local families and guests, providing a selection of light snacks, cakes, ice-creams and dog treats for walkers and their pets who have worked up an appetite.

The Lobby now has a number of relaxing spaces, where De Vere’s signature design features sit among a palette of midnight blues and soft greys. The Pantry has also opened within the main Lobby area, to provide the self-catered apartment guests with a convenient outlet, where they can buy essentials such as cereal, milk and juice at reception. Styled as a farmhouse kitchen pantry, it provides a home-from-home feel for families who want a luxurious hotel stay with a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

Richard Smith, De Vere Group Brand Director & General Manager at De Vere Cotswold Water Park commented: “It’s exciting to see all our ideas come to life, providing our guests with the best possible experience and facilities. Our revamped Old Boathouse and the new The Muddy Duck Café will provide local residents and our guests brilliant options for celebrations, relaxed dining and meet ups. De Vere Cotswold Water Park is such a unique venue and I’m looking forward to these new initiatives welcoming new audiences through our doors, as well as giving our loyal customers new experiences to enjoy.”