A THREE-STOREY Victorian hotel in Andover has announced it will permanently close its kitchen after 27 years.

Visitors will have the last chance to dine at Esseborne Manor Hotel, a former country house in Andover, until August 6 as the owners plan to scale down the business ahead of its sale.

The hotel said most of its kitchen staff have left, and it couldn’t find a suitable replacement for them.

Last year, the hotel was put on the market for £2.3m, but it has not been sold yet.

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The Hamilton family that runs the hotel said in a social media statement: “We have had wonderful 27 years here. Expanded the business, hosted hundreds of weddings and parties, created many wonderful memories for us and our guests.
“We’ve raised our children and grandchildren here and this place will always feel like home to us.
“We have been blessed with you – our wonderful customers who kept us going even through the strangest of times. We hope that we always made you feel special and welcome.
“Some of you may know that we have been trying to sell the hotel for the last year – we haven’t sold yet but unfortunately, we have lost most of our wonderful kitchen staff and simply can’t find a suitable replacement. We have decided that this is a good time to scale down the business.”

Esseborne Manor Hotel was constructed in 1890 and has 17 en-suite guest bedrooms, a bar, restaurant, lounge, library and two meeting and event rooms.

The hotel said its rooms will stay open on a room-only basis and will be hosting pre-booked weddings and parties until the end of 2023 and maybe beyond.
To book a staycation offer or just a meal before August 6, call the hotel at 01264 736 444.