Moor Hall introduced the “western sizzle” as a dining option which involved entrecote steak placed on an over heated piece of granite in a wooden tray and cooked by the diner. In 2009 we “introduced” Hot Rocks to the terrace at Moor Hall - and we thought it was an innovation!
Christmas Day lunch in the Charter Room was £13.50 (including half a bottle of Liebfraumilch per person!) and the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner was £13. By 1981 the price had increased to £15.50! In 1980 you could enjoy a 3 course meal with coffee in the carvery for £6—it was billed as “a taste of old England”.
Michael Webb became chairman of Best Western GB, a position he held for 2 years. He went on to become Chairman of International Marketing and Best Western Europe.
The property was valued at between £650k and £750k.
To celebrate 20 years of ownership, for 90 minutes on 31 July drinks were served at 1961 prices. A pint of beer was 12p, lager 15p, spirits 12p and tonic water 2p. There was also a medieval banquet and a spit roast on the terrace.
The hotel reception was built, to join the annexe to the main building, along with 8 new bedrooms. Jake’s “Winer Diner” was opened in what is now the Country Kitchen restaurant - there was a pinball machine and the menu featured American beer, cocktails and burgers.
Michael Webb began Robert Broad Travel in Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield in partnership with Robert Broad.
In 1983 there were 55 letting bedrooms, and plans were underway for the Fitness Centre.
9 October 1985
The Tony Ford Fitness Centre was opened on the 1st floor (in what is now the Weeford and the Hartopp). Tony Ford was previously an Olympic weightlifter before joining Moor Hall.
The Webb family celebrated 25 years of ownership of Moor Hall.
The Executive wing of 24 bedrooms was added, bringing the total number to 74, and the Charter Suite was built (in its current position).
Planning consent was given for a swimming pool which was opened in 1991.
Jake’s Winer Diner became the Country Kitchen carvery.
Click on these thumbnails to take a closer look at some photos and articles from the 1980s.