Moores £1m. bar build ‘a vote of confidence in the hospitality sector’

THE £1m. redevelopment of a bar in the heart of St Peter Port is being described as a vote of confidence in Guernsey’s hospitality sector.

Moores Hotel house manager Alan Malin, who has worked at the hotel for more than 37 years, in the new JB Parker's Bar & Cellar. (Picture by Chris George)
Moores Hotel house manager Alan Malin, who has worked at the hotel for more than 37 years, in the new JB Parker's Bar & Cellar. (Picture by Chris George)

The Sarnia Hotel Group’s investment in JB Parker’s Bar & Cellar, formerly The Library Bar, at Moores Hotel included opening up and refurbishing the traditional brick cellar underneath the hotel, with its iconic curved brick ceiling, to create a wine bar. It also features a card-operated self-service wine dispenser and an area for private tastings.

The bar’s name is a tribute to the late Jack Buller Parker, who first leased Moores from Bucktrouts in 1956.

It was the first step in the founding of the group which is now run by his granddaughter Karel Harris.

She said: ‘I do have confidence in the hospitality sector, although it’s a very challenging period, but you can’t just stand still. You have to keep reinventing yourself and you have to appeal to the local market as well as the visitor market.

‘It was the Library Bar for 27 years, with a couple of facelifts along the way, and it was time to see something new.’

She added: ‘We were delighted that Heritage and the planning department were very quick to agree to us opening up the cellar and putting in the new windows, and we’re grateful to our neighbours, who have been very understanding during major work right in the centre of Town.’

The main bar has an open kitchen with a charcoal flame grill, a chef’s counter and a stylish bar top imported from France.

The mosaic flooring is built from individual tiles.

The wooden floor has been aged by local craftsmen, while intelligent sound and lighting changes the mood to suit different times of day.

The six-month project to create Town’s newest bar comes after £1.5m. was spent on Copenhagen Restaurant and the kitchen and function room at Les Rocquettes Hotel over the last two years.

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