The Drayton Court, Ealing, celebrates its 125th anniversary with a Victorian Family Fun Day
The Drayton Court Hotel in West Ealing is 125 years old this year and celebrated on Sunday 19 May by taking customers back to 1894 with an outstanding Victorian Family Fun Day. It was a double celebration for manager Michelle Frankgate, who has also just been named as one of the final six in the BII’s Licensee of the Year competition – a UK wide search to find the nation’s best publican.
The Victorian Family Fun Day included music, Victorian Games and a BBQ, as well as a classic Punch & Judy show, a sword swallower, magic and even a Charlie Chaplin impersonator. All the attractions were all well-attended, despite the efforts of the British weather to spoil the day.
The Drayton Court has an incredible history. It was designed and built by the Stephens Brothers, who drew up plans for a residential and family hotel on the site. The exterior brickwork was white with Bath stone dressing. The original hotel had four floors and 60 bedrooms – slightly more than the 27 boutique rooms The Drayton Court offers today.
Over the years the garden has featured tennis courts, bowling greens, fountains, musical concerts, fireworks, dog shows and a roller rink – all within the first 10 years of opening. Even today it still has one of the largest beer gardens in London. Probably the most famous point in The Drayton Court’s history though was when a young Vietnamese gentleman by the name of Ho Chi Minh came to wash pots in the kitchen – before leaving to become the head of his native country, driving out forces from Japan, France and the United States.
Michelle Frankgate, General Manager of the Drayton Court, said: “I just love this pub – it’s got such a great history and celebrating 125 years of The Drayton Court seemed like a great idea. We wanted to celebrate the great Victorian era that gave rise to wonderful buildings and hotels like this – so a Victorian Family Fun Day seemed like the perfect choice.
“We had an absolute whale of a time and it was great to combine it with celebrating my success in the regional finals of the BII Licensee of the Year competition. I’m now down to the last six in the UK and the final hurdle is an intensive judging day in early June, before the overall winner is announced at the BII Annual Lunch on 4 June at the Honourable Artillery Company in the City. I’ll be keeping my fingers, toes and anything else I can find crossed for victory.”
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