Know Hospitality Acquires Chester Hotel

Chester Lower Bridge Street, New Hotel Owner of the Bridge Street Town House. New propietor Steve Hesketh of Know Hospitality. Picture New owner Steve Hesketh front with members of the Bridge Street Staff.

Bridge Street Townhouse has been taken over by Liverpool conglomerate The Know Collection

Liverpool-based business, the Know Collection exchanged with previous tenants of Bridge Street Townhouse, on Lower Bridge Street on Thursday (June 29) for an undisclosed figure.

CEO Steven Hesketh, who lives in Chester, said the 30 bedroom hotel, complete with guest gym, bar and a contained apartment was a ‘stunning addition’ to the group and has huge opportunity for further growth.

“Chester has been named as one of the top five places in the country to live by The Sunday Times and crops up time and time again on the lists of places to visit – rich in both history, culture and nightlife.

“The hotel is set within the Roman Walls and is steeped in history itself, with a stunning Georgian look, it’s close to the picturesque River Dee and all the famous Tudor architecture Chester has to offer.

“Whether you’re here to work or to play, the hotel is at the heart of this very vibrant city and a great investment for us in the thriving visitor economy here in Chester.”

The hotel will form part of the Know Collection, which is owned by entrepreneurs Steven and Nicola, and includes The Richmond Hotel, Ameriesko, Nourish – Female Only Spa, Love Thy Neighbour, Know Property Services and Know Hospitality Academy, all based in Liverpool.

Steven started the company after spending all his working years within the hospitality sector including time at the former Chester Moat House Hotel, now Crowne Plaza and also The Ramada Chester, now the Mercure, Chester.

After building up the independent group over the past four years, it now successfully employs more than 120 people and turns over around £6m a year.

Father-of-three Steven has a passion for bringing young people through the ranks as part of the Know Hospitality Academy which offers on-the-job training and education, and said he is looking forward to rolling this out in the BridgeStreet Townhouse as well.

He has plans to introduce fresh food and beverage offering at Bridge Street Townhouse following a rebrand in the coming months.

“It’s an exciting time for the Know Collection and we’re looking forward to striding into this hotspot and working alongside those who have already made the city the fantastic visitor attraction it is today.”

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