EXCLUSIVE: New premises licence granted to Wisbech’s Rose and Crown Hotel as it prepares to open

THE historic Rose and Crown Hotel in Wisbech is due to re-open at the end of the month with a fresh look and a clean slate after being granted a new premises licence.

Yesterday (Tuesday), at a licensing hearing, committee members granted the licence to hotel owners James and Rosemary Farrelly, with Ms Anne Crossan named as the Designated Premises Supervisor.

This means the hotel can open free from the restrictions imposed on the previous licence.

There are conditions associated with the new licence, including alcohol not being served after 2am in all bars except the central hotel bar and the hotel taking part in the Pubwatch scheme.

Chairman Cllr Kay Mayor said they considered the conditions would allay the concerns of the resident who had objected to the application.

The Grade II-listed hotel has undergone an extensive refurbishment and the owners are hoping to attract corporate clients and tourists with its new look.

In recent years, the Rose and Crown lost its formerly good reputation and Mr and Mrs Farrelly are keen to move away from this bad image and reclaim the title of Wisbech’s premier hotel.

Mrs Farrelly said: “We want to make the Rose and Crown a place to experience.”

Major changes to the establishment include altering the former Tidnam’s Tipple. There were several problems associated with the bar when it was open previously and police were concerned that history might repeat itself, with issues around people leaving the premises.

However, prior to the licensing hearing, Insp Robin Sissons and Sgt Dave Bax spoke with Mr and Mrs Farrelly and their solicitor Steve McGregor.

They were keen to reassure the police that Tidnam’s – which has been renamed Back in Time – will no longer be a bar destination but more of a bistro, with a focus on food.

Mrs Farrelly said it was sad to lose the name with its historical background – William and Harry Tidnam played an important importing role in the late 1800s – but they felt the venue needed a fresh start.

The new name is a nod to the Tidnams and they have also named a hotel room after Mr Tidnam.