Inn Collection reveals new name & expansion plans for Yorkshire site

The Knaresborough Inn will be the new name for an historic venue in the Yorkshire market town, as The Inn Collection Group unveils the new identity of the former Dower House Hotel & Spa.

Acquired by the Newcastle-based pub with rooms operator in December 2021, the property has been undergoing refurbishment since as it is brought into its owner’s model of hospitality.

Once renovations are complete, the Grade II-listed building will have 16 bedrooms added, creating a 57-bedroom property with a new-look ground floor food and beverage spaces.

Following the brand style being adopted for all sites belonging to The Inn Collection Group, a new coat of arms has been created for the inn with iconography relevant to the history of both the town and the building itself.

Made up of a shield flanked by two griffins, acknowledging the links of the building to the Slingsby family, the design sees the left-hand side contain a recurring pattern that combines a historical emblem related to St. Robert of Knaresborough and the white rose of Yorkshire.

The right-hand side of the shield features further reference to the builders of the original Dower House with a white chevron, and a leopard’s head taken from the Slingsby family crest.

With a food-driven pub at the core of the offering at The Knaresborough Inn, the new name is intended to help it be easily identified and become a focal point of the community.

Discussing the new identity, The Inn Collection Group’s marketing manager Zoe Cooper said, “We’re excited to confirm the new identity of The Knaresborough Inn as it’s reopening draws closer.

“We have embraced the history of the building and the site, as well as the wider area and we hope the new look will create a talking point that serves as a link to the past while the site embarks on an exciting future.'