The Torrens Arms Hotel is about to expand its offer massively by unveiling its completely renovated top floor space.
The upstairs area, which will launch on September 3, will serve as a function space, and it’s the first major renovation the 160-year-old building has undergone in more than 15 years.
Tom Marshall, Torrens Arms Hotel’s manager, says the new area can be accessed via a staircase tucked away behind the preexisting sports bar. The upstairs function room has a private balcony that stretches along the street, private toilets, and a private and “fancy” bar.
“This part of the old building has been there for 160 years and has never been open to the public, and it’s now a completely self-contained space,” Marshall says.
“We knocked a big wall out and opened up the function space; It really brightened it up.”
The new function area, which has been used for storage for decades and accommodation before that, will bring a contemporary twist to the historic site. The space will maintain its high ceilings and stone exterior, yet have some modern-day spins, like an upscale bar, contemporary carpeting, and midnight blue and white walls and panelling.
“We wanted to keep the classic facade of the original building, but make it a little more modern and chic,” Marshall says.
“It’s modern hospitality with the latest features, but it still keeps the charm element of the old building.”
In addition to the building, the menu has also gotten an upgrade to better suit the new upstairs offering. The Torrens Arms Hotel will now add new set menu and platter options to its already robust menu of “classics, plant-based delights and some real fancy numbers.” Regularly, they serve gourmet pizzas, burgers, lemon honey glazed Atlantic salmon, a range of veggie-loaded pastas, and more.
“We’ve redesigned the whole function pack and food offerings to cater for that room specifically,” Marshall says.
Stay tuned for the launch of the new function space on September 3.
Find the Torrens Arms Hotel at 95 Belair Rd, Kingswood.