Mercure Bristol North The Grange
Mercure Bristol North The Grange
1 Old Gloucester Road
tel:- +44 1454 771403
fax:- +44 1454777447
web address:- www.mercurebristol.co.uk/
Mercure Bristol North The Grange :-
Venue type - Hotel
Number of function rooms available for weddings: Two
Function room names and capacities: Lounge - Ceremony 80
Park Suite - Ceremony 150, Sit-Down 150, Evening 200
Restaurant - Sit-Down 60, Evening 100
Guests rooms available: 68
Honeymoon suite available: 2
Garden suitable for marquees: Yes
Choice of wedding breakfast menus - Yes
Alcohol License - Yes
Toastmaster Available Yes
Entertainment Available Yes
Dedicated wedding planner available Yes
Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Yes
Dance Floor Yes
Evening Reception Facilities Yes
Car Parking Facilities Yes
Ideal Honeymoon Venue
Entertainment is available: Everything you could need - we have the suppliers
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: Set among 18 acres of landscaped gardens, the Ramada Bristol North, The Grange is a 19th-century Bath stone manor in a peaceful pocket of South Gloucestershire.
Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography: Yes, plenty of special places for great pictures
Venue History: The Grange was believed to have been built between 1851 and 1859 for the Reverend W C Fox, one of the principal landowners in the parish, who was also responsible for the restoration of the parish church which can be seen from the landing in the main house.
The Reverend Fox was resident at the Grange until his death in 1878. His wife kept the property and leased it to Colonel William Franclyn who was then the Lord of the Manor. Upon her death in 1902, the Grange was sold to the then occupant, Mr R Prettejohn.
Mr John Bryant bought the Grange around 1934. Mr Bryant was born in Winterbourne in 1909 the eldest of four children. He started as an apprentice bricklayer and went on to help build the Wills Tobacco factory in Bedminster Place in Bristol and also built many houses in and around the area - Brislington, Bedminster, Fishponds, Frenchay and Westbury on Trym. His major success was in the use of re-constituted Cotswold stone on two estates in Frenchay - Grange Park and Riverwood. Mr Bryant was also interested in politics, being a staunch Labour supporter for the first part of his life, but crossed to be a Tory member in later life. He became the youngest ever elected Gloucestershire County Councillor and later a very successful race horse owner and breeder. Mr Bryant died in 1970 and the Grange was sold on again in 1971 to a Mr Paddy O'Keefe for the sum of #32,500.
No further records have been found until Mr John Cockram purchased the Grange in 1978. Mr Cockram opened the Grange as a restaurant which ran until 1983 when he added 32 bedrooms, the conservatory bar and reception area, thus creating The Grange Hotel. Between 1983 and 1987 he developed the business to include meetings and conferences and a good restaurant and event trade.
In November 1987 The Grange Hotel was purchased by Select Country Hotels Ltd. The company had plans to increase the size of The Grange, by adding another 20 bedrooms, banqueting facilities and extending the conference facilities and the restaurant. Planning permission was held up due to inadequate access roads to the hotel. Finally, Select Country Hotels decided to sell The Grange exactly one year after purchasing it.
Resort Hotels bought The Grange in December 1988 and added leisure facilities, which was a common feature among all of their hotels. Planning permission obtained, the building work commenced in April 1989. The road access problem was overcome by Resort agreeing to widen the driveway access to cope with the additional traffic.
The Health Club was added in April 1990. The Grange Resort Hotel was re-launched on 1st February 1991 in the presence of the Rt Hon John Cope MP after the extensive building work, with an extra 20 bedrooms, making the total of 52 bedrooms, Health Club, additional restaurant space and general refurbishment
The Jarvis Hotels Group took over the Grange on 26th May 1994 and the hotel became known as the Jarvis Grange Hotel & Country Club. 10 more bedrooms were added at the top of the main house in June 1995 and the meeting rooms in the main building were redecorated. Refurbishment of the conservatory bar, lounge and library was carried out in June 1996. Six additional bedrooms were created in the former Mews stable block and opened in January 1997 and have received rave reviews for their tranquillity.
In the latter part of 1998, the 300 and 400 bedrooms were redecorated and the 100 and 200 bedrooms were completely refurbished - almost a new hotel! In January 2000 the Grange Restaurant and Lounge received a #70,000 refurbishment and the style of service and menu changed to adapt to today's eating trends - more informal, more flexible, but still a local first choice for special occasion dining.
The Restaurant is also now a popular venue, not only for celebrating marriages - but for actually getting married there! In fact the whole building became licensed for civil ceremonies on the first day of the new century, so the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening celebration can take place, all under one roof.
During January and February 2001 the Northwood Suite was completely refurbished to the cost of #150,000 and re-launched as the Park Suite. A totally different look and fully air-conditioned, we are now able to offer all our conference and event guests our usual top quality service in exceptional surroundings. August 2001 saw the 20 year franchise agreement between Jarvis and Ramada Hotels to enable us to be recognised in the world market place. The hotel will still be known locally as The Grange Hotel but will be renamed The Grange Ramada Jarvis. Early in 2004 Jarvis Hotels was bought back into private ownership and although owned and operated by Jarvis Hotels Ltd., the Jarvis name and logo was removed and the hotel now renamed again as Ramada Grange.
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