The Segrave Room

A 30% boom in business has prompted Holbeck Ghyll to launch a private dining suite overlooking Windermere that honours one of motorsport’s most celebrated heroes.

The stunning Segrave Room has been named after Sir Henry Segrave, who died after setting the water speed record on the lake in June 1930.

With floor-to-ceiling windows that look down over the water, the new facility has its own kitchens, waiting staff and menus and has been opened to meet demand for private parties at the award-winning bolthole.

General manager Andrew McPherson, whose team has just celebrated winning silver in the Small Hotel of the Year category of the coveted VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, said:

“The restaurant has been growing increasingly busy over the past few years and we’ve seen an increase in bookings of almost 31% since this period in 2011, mainly because of a surge of interest in private parties.

“The hotel’s profile has definitely grown nationally and I think it’s partly as a result of appearing on The Trip, and also the fact we’ve won a number of high profile awards and seen favourable reviews from celebrity guests, food critics and travel writers. We’ve seen bookings rise steadily, from new customers and repeat trade, and we found we were turning groups away as we didn’t have the room to accommodate them.

“The Segrave Room has been created especially for special celebrations and more intimate gatherings and I’m expecting it to be popular with some of our higher profile guests, who often ask for privacy while dining. It has amazing views down over the lake and so we thought it rather fitting that we name it after one of Windermere’s heroes.”

A four times Grand Prix winning racing driver and the first man to do 200mph in a car, Sir Henry Segrave began racing boats in the 1920s and on June 13, 1930, piloted Miss England II in an attempt on the water speed record. He reached 98.76 mph, beating the previous best by 6mph, before disaster struck on a follow-up run and his boat capsized. He died shortly afterwards at Belle Grange, a house on the lakeshore at High Wray.

The Segrave Room can cater for up 30 guests and is available to hire all year round, from £65 per person for a three course meal.