An award-winning Warwickshire hotel is launching a new artisan produce shop and 50s-inspired dessert diner later this month to coincide with a spectacular illuminated winter light trail.

Coombe Abbey Hotel, just outside Coventry, is set to showcase local food and drink at The Abbey Artisan Market in the remodelled former Visitor Centre ranging from craft beers to handcrafted chocolate, baked goods, handmade pies, preserves and pickles from across the region.

It will stock highly-acclaimed sausages, bacon and assorted hampers from the award-winning Warwickshire-based top UK butcher and deli, Aubrey Allen in Leamington Spa.

Other suppliers will include Warwickshire’s Windmill Hill Brewing Company, a bespoke chocolatier in Warwick, speciality fine food from Cotswolds Fayre and chutney, relishes and pickles made by The Bay Tree Food Company, as well as outdoor wear by Regatta Clothing.

Milkshakes, crepes, waffles and desserts will be on the menu at a brand-new retro American style diner, The Sundae Club Dessert Diner, as part of the ambitious new plans.

And Flowers at Coombe will be relocating from inside the hotel to the revamped building

The mid-November opening is planned to coincide with Coombe Abbey’s winter light trail, Luminate Coombe, a stunning mile long trail, set to ambient music, which will run from Thursday November 18 until Christmas Eve.

The hotel, which has a country park, woodlands, and Go Ape treetop experience within the grounds, has around 450,000 visitors a year. It hopes these additional attractions will further enhance visitor experience at the site, particularly people attending Luminate Coombe and Go Ape, as well as day-trippers, families and regular walkers.

Ron Terry, Operations Director at Coombe Abbey Park Limited, said: “This is a first for Coombe Abbey Hotel. Quality local food is at the forefront of our vision for The Abbey Artisan Market.

"This is something we really value as a business. We are really excited to be working with so many local and regional producers.

“We are also pleased to welcome The Sundae Club Dessert Diner to Coombe Abbey, another first. It will offer a range of good value desserts, waffles, ice-creams in a fun 1950s inspired environment and really helps to support our aim to deliver a vibrant retail-led environment for local residents and visitors in the park.”

Tickets for Luminate Coombe need to be pre-booked online in advance. Visit here for further information https://luminate.live/coombe-abbey

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