We are celebrating 60 years of family ownership!
Our team turned back time to 1961 to launch the celebrations of our family-owned hotel’s diamond anniversary celebrations.
In 1961, local entrepreneur Michael Webb bought Moor Hall when he and a friend thought that Sutton Coldfield could do with a venue for late night dancing and drinking. He came across Moor Hall which had been owned by the Streather family for more than 30 years. Although a 17-bedroom licensed hotel, it was more of a private hotel as the guests were either retired or widowers that stayed on a permanent basis.
Michael Webb opened Moor Hall in August 1961 as a private members’ club as this was the only way to serve drinks after hours. Different live bands played each night and Moor Hall quickly became known as the place to be.
In the 1970s meeting rooms and extra bedrooms were added and in the 1980s the family continued to invest with a £1m extension which incorporated a new banqueting suite and more bedrooms. The fitness centre was built in the 1990s which included an indoor swimming pool and in the 2000s the hotel was awarded 4 AA stars and became the first UK hotel to achieve Premier status in Best Western.
In later years the Webb family expanded their business with the purchase more properties which include The George Hotel in Lichfield, The Gables Hotel near Bristol, The Cathedral Hotel in Lichfield and The Red Lion in Newborough.
Then in 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic hit and for the first time since 1961 the hotel closed its doors and the family moved in during lockdown for maintenance and security. Moor Hall helped out the local community by opening a shop selling the basics during the first few weeks of lockdown when toilet rolls, flour and eggs were scarce. The hotel has now reopened again and the family is looking forward to celebrating the diamond anniversary.
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Photos by Nigel Gambles of What’s On In Sutton Coldfield
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