Revamped Starwood hotel to open in December with bar launching today

Starwood Capital is to reopen multi-million pound revamped The Royal York hotel in York in December, creating 90 jobs.

The investment has includes the refurbishment of all 159 bedrooms and suites, the hotel lobby, and the creation of a Garden Room looking out to York Minster.

Within the hotel, the Chapter House bar and games room will open today and be serving a menu of classic cocktails, spirits, wines, craft ales and bar snacks.

The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace will open on November 12, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Both the Refectory and the Chapter House bar have been conceived and developed by London restaurateur Des McDonald.

Executive chef Nick Evans – who has joined The Refectory from Middlethorpe Hall Hotel – has worked with Des and his team to create a seasonal menu using as much local produce as possible.

The dining room seats 126 guests with a further 35 on the outdoor terrace.