The new Verandah Bar is open!

Mar 17, 2016
Posted in: Food & Drink, Ragdale Hall News   Posted by: Tracy Lawrence
Designer Liz Millington (L) with  Ragdale Hall co-owner, Penny Nesbitt

Designer Liz Millington (L) with Ragdale Hall co-owner, Penny Nesbitt

Our eagerly anticipated Verandah Bar extension project is now complete and the Bar opened to our guests this week – and we’re delighted that feedback has been fantastic. If you’ve been following our updates on the blog you’ll have seen the ‘work in progress’ photos, but we’re looking forward to getting our professional shots done very soon and will be sharing them on the website.

For anyone who hasn’t seen our updates, we have extended and completely refitted the very popular Verandah Bar. Not only has the space for dining increased, but a new bar area and kitchen have been installed, with new furniture and bespoke lighting completing the transformation. And the finishing touches are being made to the exciting al fresco area, including some ‘feature pieces’, which will be ready for the start of the warmer weather.

But it’s not just the new surroundings that are getting the great feedback, as new menus have also been launched. Our Executive Head Chef, David Ross, has carefully put together a range of tasty choices, with the extended evening selection in particular featuring his take on top quality ‘gastro-pub’ inspiration. Guests will also now benefit from table service, so dining in the Verandah Bar will become even more relaxing than it was before.

As is usually the case here at Ragdale, we have commissioned local companies to carry out the work wherever possible; the interior design of the Verandah Bar is by Leicestershire-based Liz Millington (above left), who is responsible for the majority of the interior design you see here when you visit. The tones used throughout complement the wallpaper, which is called Romo Pleasure Gardens and was Liz’s first (and favourite) element of the design – and inspired the whole look of the area.

The elegantly curved bar is by cabinet makers, Barrett and Swann from nearby Cropwell Butler in Nottinghamshire (who have previously made the Garden Room Bar, Reception desks and buffet and service furniture in the Dining Room). The front of the bar features a subtly shimmering surface called ‘Pearlamina’, making its Ragdale debut.

Lighting by Curiousa & Curiousa

Lighting by Curiousa & Curiousa

Two stunning handmade glass pendants by Derbyshire firm Curiousa & Curiousa complement the soft pastel colours of the  furnishings, with matching glass shades over the bar. An eclectic mix of new lounging and dining furniture completes the look – but keeps the feel of the previous Verandah Bar which we know our guests loved.


We want to thank guests who have visited while the work has been taking place for bearing with us. Everyone involved in the project worked to minimise disruption in the adjacent areas but, as this was a significant project, some inconveniences were unavoidable. We hope you agree it was worth it – and that you are able to visit and experience this fantastic facility for yourself soon. Please let us know what you think!