Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Introducing the West Lodge


The day has finally arrived after what seems like an age. Today I get to share with you the venue that I have been working on securing to make my tea room dreams come true. I should find out in the next few weeks if I have been successful in my tender submission and I will share that with you as soon as I can.

Bute Park is located in the heart of Cardiff's City Centre. The West Lodge is the main gateway from Castle Street into the Park, located opposite the Holiday Inn Hotel Cardiff. This is a stunning building completed in 1863 by the architect Alexander Roos.

Bute Park is currently undergoing a £5.6 million restoration project, supported by a £3.1 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This will restore some important historic features, provide new facilities and help tell the story of Bute Park.

Construction work began on the 1st of November 2011 to transform The West Lodge into a gift shop, a tea room and an art gallery. Read more about the West Lodge and the HLF Bute Park Restoration Project HERE

The Future
I hope to hear in the coming weeks whether I have been successful in my application. If I am then I will be hoping to open the tea rooms in late March 2012 or early April.

Over the coming weeks there will be a lot to do! Join me in my adventure. If you are new to my adventure then check out this handy blog post to bring you right up to date HERE.

Did you guess this venue? Do you know Cardiff and recognise The West Lodge?
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