Hotel paint job looked like a ‘blancmange’

NOT SO PRETTY IN PINK: The Angel Hotel in Lavenham.
NOT SO PRETTY IN PINK: The Angel Hotel in Lavenham.

If you thought picking the right colour shade for the living room could prove tricky, try a Grade II listed hotel.

Celebrity chef and owner of The Angel in Lavenham, Marco Pierre White, did just that but his attempts to reproduce the famous Suffolk pink on the 15th century building went badly wrong.

Instead, the chef, renowned for his colourful kitchen antics, ended up with a pink which left villagers up in arms and resulted in a visit from council officials who told him a repaint was needed.

Parish council chairman Roy Whitworth, who used to run the hotel, said residents had not taken kindly to the new look – however temporary.

“The general reactions have not been very favourable and the feeling is that the colour jars a bit,” he said.

“It is down to personal taste, but it has been said that it looks like a blancmange.”

The paint job on the Market Place hotel was carried out last week but, within hours of the switch from cream to pink, villagers had contacted Babergh District Council to complain.

“I am pleased Babergh acted so swiftly,” said Mr Whitworth, who sold the hotel in 2007.

“It would have been so much better if the hotel had asked for permission. This does not help Mr White endear himself to the locals, but I am sure he is not bothered about that.”

A spokesman for Babergh District Council said the hotel had been told changes to the character of listed buildings required formal consent and the new colour was not acceptable.

“We are hopeful that an agreement has now been reached regarding an acceptable colour and we are awaiting a submission for that colour in order to formally agree it,” he said.

“We very much hope that a negotiated solution will be reached and that no further enforcement action by the council will be necessary.”

He added that the authority was also investigating new signage that had been added to the building and some interior alterations.

Hotel manager Robert Jackson said the repaint should be completed by the end of the week, weather permitting.