Missenden Abbey unveils The Cromwell Bar

Missenden Abbey, wholly owned by Buckinghamshire New University, unveils The Cromwell Bar and new hospitality products.
Did you know that Oliver Cromwell’s troops camped on Missenden Abbey’s lawns on the way to the Battle of Brill? This little piece of history is what inspired the new identity of the bar lounge at Missenden Abbey to be realised, with the fact itself proudly displayed on the newly refurbished face of the bar.

The new look of the bar, along with its name, was unveiled on Friday 20th October 2017 with a launch event for clients, guests and staff to celebrate. Kathy Cousins, the Hospitality Manager at Missenden Abbey, Great Missenden, said that it’s been “years in the making” for the bar to gain “its own identity, recognising the link the Abbey has with local historic events”.

To complement the renovation, the Hospitality team have had a supplier overhaul with a new approach that now supports local businesses, such as Malt The Brewery, a local brewery established in 2012. The ale creators use traditional brewing techniques that keep their customer base loyal and ever expanding, and now Missenden Abbey customers can also enjoy the produce. “We’re delighted to be supplying Missenden Abbey with our handmade ales. Being just 1.5 miles apart it’s a great fit for both our businesses and supports our joint positions on environmental impact.” said Nick Watson Founder of Malt The Brewery.

Another local and popular brand available in the Cromwell Bar is Griffiths Brothers Gin, a family owned distillery based in Penn Street, just 5.8 miles from Missenden Abbey. The gin has been flying off the shelves and has inspired a twist on the Abbey’s traditional afternoon tea menu.

With a fresh look comes fresh ideas which begins with newly appointed Bar Supervisor, Jordan Chapman, who says that he has “big plans for 2018” including a brand new selection of mature wines from Mathew Clark, as well as a lavish cocktail menu.

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