Family-run hotel and restaurant between Hitchin and Stevenage given fresh look for 50th anniversary

Managing director Ben Gainsford and Matt Raven, food and beverages manager at Redcoats Farmhouse Hot

Managing director Ben Gainsford and Matt Raven, food and beverages manager at Redcoats Farmhouse Hotel and Restaurant. - Credit: Archant

A building which dates back to the 15th century is being given a makeover to mark the 50th anniversary of a family-run business.

Georgie the horse with Bert Miles outside Redcoats Farmhouse in the 1930s.

Georgie the horse with Bert Miles outside Redcoats Farmhouse in the 1930s. - Credit: Archant

Redcoats Farmhouse Hotel and Restaurant was established in November 1964, but its roots go back much further.

Situated between Hitchin and Stevenage in Redcoats Green, the original farmhouse was constructed in the 11th century before having to be rebuilt in 1480 as the result of a fire.

Alfred Egerton Butterfield – the great grandfather of current managing director Ben Gainsford – bought the farm in 1916 but much of the grounds had to be sold before the home was used as a hotel.

That was the idea of Ben’s mum Jackie, who was joined in the venture by her brother Peter.

Celebrations after the opening of the Redcoats conservatory in 1992.

Celebrations after the opening of the Redcoats conservatory in 1992. - Credit: Archant


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Now Ben has his own plans for Redcoats, with Hertfordshire-based firm JD interiors overhauling the conservatory with a stylish and contemporary design, which seeks to fuse the traditional and the modern.

A number of bedrooms have also been refurbished and other public areas are getting a facelift too.

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He said: “The brief for the designers was to develop a fresh unfussy feel but still true to our traditional rural roots.

“The idea is the conservatory is both elegant and informal. Somewhere equally suited to a romantic anniversary or a family Sunday lunch. A room that works whether it is for a quick midweek meal or a lively dinner party.”

Ben says Redcoats is updating its approach to offer more variety, with new food and beverage manager Matt Raven on board to modernise the restaurant operation.

“Redcoats has always been about welcoming guests into our family home, a place of warmth where you can relax and indulge yourself,” said Ben.

“It doesn’t matter whether you want a light bite or a six-course tasting menu – Redcoats can look after your every need.”

To coincide with the anniversary, Redcoats is offering a three-course dinner from Monday until Thursday, November 6, at a celebratory price of £19.64, as well as introducing a £15 ‘express’ lunch menu. To book call 01438 729500 or visit www.redcoates.co.uk.

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