The Bracebridge room was opened as a conference room and was officially opened with a wine tasting and painting exhibition by Richard Ewen. Residential Club members were offered a 5 day trip to Capri for £35 and a 6 day trip to New York for £79!
A full licence was granted and the hotel changed from a Residential Club to Moor Hall Hotel & Country Club.
Work started to convert the coach houses, stables and kennels into an annexe of 31 rooms which would bring the total number of bedrooms to 48 (as was the fashion at the time, the hotel bedrooms were filled with gleaming white formica). Televisions were available “on request”! At the time there was no reception area as we know it today, this was built later to join the annexe to the main hotel building and some bedrooms were converted to 4 first floor meeting rooms.
8 April 1975
Opened the Cellar Bar which has now been converted to staff dining and changing facilities.
The French restaurant (now The Oak Room) offered starters such as baked fresh grapefruit with paw paw for 75p or tomato and orange soup for 55p, and main courses such as fillet steak au poivre for £3.40. Desserts were 80p! In 1976 we held a Caribbean evening, attended by the West Indies cricket team, with a steel band and authentic Caribbean food.
The Interchange consortium of member hotels became an affiliate of Best Western and the hotels took on Best Western branding.
16 June 1978
Opened a steak bar, named Mick’s Grill, in the Charter room. The motto was “good food and dancing until the early hours, all for about £4!” At this time there was also a carvery restaurant (at the rear of what is now the Country Kitchen) where you could eat as much as you liked for £3.95.
15 Dec 1979
The first Luncheon Club event for local businessmen was held at Moor Hall. The Luncheon Club is still in existence today (it is still attended by some of the original members!) and members meet 6 times a year for a convivial lunch in the Oak Room.
Click on these thumbnails to take a closer look at some photos and articles from the 1970s.