bar-001 The Vale Resort’s restaurant and bar area has been refurbished following an £80,000 investment, which has seen the size of its restaurant increase by almost 50 per cent.

The facelift of the Vale Bar and Grill at the four-star resort in Hensol, south Wales, has included the expansion of the restaurant to create a new glass fronted conservatory style area, which has enabled covers in the restaurant to increase from 70 to 113.

The new conservatory area can also offer private dining for groups of up to 20 people, and is being used by the restaurant to serve afternoon tea, as it offers guests panoramic views of the Lake Golf Course. When weather permits, guests can also take advantage of the terrace and dine al fresco.

A complete re-design of the interior now welcomes guests with a contrasting lime and grey colour scheme, with modern copper lighting and accessories throughout.  The bar features two large ‘cwtches’ – high-backed booths available for those who prefer a more private casual dining experience.

Sporting memorabilia lines the walls with signed shirts from regular resort guests such as the Welsh rugby team and the Welsh Football Euros 2016 team, as well as shirtbar-and-grill-refurbs from the Real Madrid, Argentina and France football teams.

Stephanie Metson, marketing manager at the Vale Resort, said: “We noticed a rise in bookings to dine at the bar and grill from both guests and visitors and, in order to service this increased interest and improve on the overall experience at the resort, we decided to revamp the restaurant and bar.

“Following the transformation of the restaurant, we felt it was fitting to celebrate the revamped surroundings by launching a new menu, created using the freshest of local ingredients, so that both new and returning guests can experience something different.

“As 012well as offering new culinary experiences, we now have the additional all-glass extension that boasts unparalleled countryside scenery, giving guests a chance to treat someone special to afternoon tea with a view, and in the summer months, they can take advantage and dine on the terrace.”

Over the past year, the Vale Resort has also invested £1 million in upgrading its 143-bedrooms, including installing new bathrooms together with upgrading soft furnishings. While the onsite 400-year-old Hensol Castle has undergone a £10 million refurbishment programme to restore the castle to its former glory. The resort has also invested £400,000 in upgrading its conference facilities after seeing demand for its services increase by almost a third in the last two years.

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