STOURBRIDGE’S historic Talbot Hotel is set to re-open its doors in just a few days.

The landmark hotel in the High Street, which has been closed for more than a year, is re-opening on Monday July 31 after undergoing refurbishments.

Husband and wife team Catherine Growcutt and Lalit Ramchandani have taken over the running of the hotel which has been given a makeover by operators Westbourne Leisure.

Catherine, who runs Surantha Patisserie in the town, and Lalit, who runs Taste which has now moved to the hotel, hope to bring the 56-room venue back to its former glory.

Taste regulars will be able to get their usual favourites from the venue which will also serve traditional pub/restaurant food and afternoon teas.

The couple also plan to host music events, weddings and Christmas parties at the venue, which dates back to the early 17th century.

Catherine said: “It gives me great pleasure to be working with Westbourne Leisure who have invested a great deal of both time and money in restoring this beautiful hotel into its former glory.

“I can't wait to see this hotel buzzing with events and everyone enjoying live music and a great atmosphere once again.”

Stourbridge News: Catherine Growcutt, manager, with Stourbridge MP Suzanne WebbCatherine Growcutt, manager, with Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb (Image: Suzanne Webb MP)

Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb was given a personal tour of the refurbished hotel which was due to welcome business bosses for a sneak preview on Thursday July 27.

The MP said she was pleased to see the “substantial investment in one of Stourbridge’s iconic buildings” and she added: “I was very impressed with the work that has been undertaken and I recognise this is a major investment in our town.

“I am delighted Westbourne Leisure has given the town a vote of confidence in refurbishing The Talbot and I look forward to seeing it open.”

The hotel will open to the general public on Monday July 31.