Hard work pays off for town hotel with double triumph

Owner David Stanbridge, apprentice Jade Hardy, duty manager Amy Waterhouse and chef Paul Towers at Cley Hall Hotel, Spalding.
Owner David Stanbridge, apprentice Jade Hardy, duty manager Amy Waterhouse and chef Paul Towers at Cley Hall Hotel, Spalding.

The Chinese saying “good things come in pairs” also applies to Spalding where a hotel is toasting double success this month.

Staff at the Cley Hall Hotel in High Street are coming to terms with being named among the top ten per cent of places to stay in the world after winning the prestigious Certificate of Excellence awarded by travel website TripAdvisor.

The award comes just months after the hotel picked up the Small Employer of the Year prize at the 2013 Lincolnshire and Rutland Skills Awards.

Both successes mark an amazing turnaround for the 18th century, Grade II listed hotel which has been owned for the last two years by David Stanbridge and Andrew Robb who invested about £180,000 to fund improvements, staff training and development.

David said: “There was surprise, shock and excitement when we won the awards and everybody is really pleased because of all the hard work we’ve been doing over the last few years.

“When we first bought the hotel in July 2011, there were only three staff members working here so we took on new staff and invested in their training and development.

“We also spent 18 months investing in the fabric of the building because the hotel looked really tired when we first came and the whole state of it meant that we working on the place 18 hours a day, seven days a week.”

The hotel is now hoping to add food success to its collection after entering the Lincolnshire Life Taste of Excellence Awards and David is encouraging past and present guests to vote for them.