Celebrate English Tourism Week from Saturday, March 17 to Sunday, March 25 at the historic Maids Head Hotel in Norwich.
A classic English Afternoon Tea will be on offer, along with special English Tourism Week cocktails, Norfolk Martini and Norfolk Raspberry Tonic.
On Thursday, March 22, at 12noon, Peter Rye will be unveiling a photograph of his great-grandfather, Walter Rye, owner of the Maids Head from 1889 to 1895 and Mayor of Norwich, 1908 to 1909. Peter will also be officially opening eight newly refurbished bedrooms in the oldest part of the hotel. Bedrooms that Walter Rye would have known well.
Peter Rye, great-grandson of Walter Rye, who was owner of the Maids Head Hotel from 1889-1895, visited the hotel for lunch with Christopher Kitching, author of a new biography of Walter Rye called A Passion for Records.
Mr Kitching presented a copy of his biography of Walter Rye to the Maids Head in advance of its Norwich launch at Norfolk Records Office on Friday, February 9, when he will be giving a public lecture at 1pm about Walter Rye, topographer, sportsman and Norfolk’s champion.
Best Beauty, is the new beauty treatment business at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich. Run by Sophie Best, Best Beauty is the only supplier of classic French Guinot skincare treatments in the city centre.
Sophie’s contemporary salon is in a former 18th century coaching parlour on Wensum Street, next to the Maids Head’s historic entrance.
A former City College Norwich student, Sophie Best (25), has launched her own business after working at Sprowston Manor, where she was beauty spa stand-in manager for the last two years.
Hannah Barnes won a competition earlier this year, run in conjunction with City College Norwich Art and Design students, for an illustration of the Maids Head Hotel to be printed on new mugs, which are now in the hotel’s 84 bedrooms, as part of the tea and coffee making facility. The mugs are also on sale in hotel reception.