Save The Three Cups Hotel

The Three Cups Hotel

Campaigning for preservation of the hotel where J.R.R. Tolkien stayed and gained inspiration for his mythology. Jane Austen, G.K. Chesterton, Tennyson and H.W. Longfellow were also guests. The hotel featured in the film, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”. Please send articles to me, Andrew Townsend, at or add a comment. Thanks to David Moss for all his work. Comments are closed at WDDC for the plans to redevelop the site but you can still write to the papers.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Some mistake, surely

The report from TRi Hospitality Consulting commissioned by Palmers into the viability of re-opening The Three Cups as a hotel has been published. It obviously misses the point.

I don't wish to cast doubt on TRi's ability but it looks like they were given the wrong brief. Apart from a derogatory comment saying that the hotel is well known in the region because of its reported literary connections (which definitely casts doubt on my research and that of the staff at The Lyme Regis Museum), they have not considered the value of cultural heritage. Perhaps that was their brief but it misses the whole point.

This hotel can be differentiated on the world wide fame of its former guests. They should have put a value on that. If they and Palmers can't, they should sell the building to an entreprenuer who can or give it to the National Trust. The Three Cups is a national and international treasure. If Palmers can't see that and if they can't make a profit out of the building they should hand it over to those who can.


Anonymous Anonymous said…

As has been amply demonstrated by this Government, you can set up an Inquiry to demonstrate support for what you wanted in the first place, and if not able to do that, allow all who were responsible for whatever fiasco, to escape blame. Palmers clearly briefed their researchers to miss the point. It would not be in their interests to actually address the issues raised by your campaign.Keep fighting and stop drinking Palmers beer!

Anonymous Anonymous said…

See the reports on about the 3 Cups! The editor's wife is a principal of the PR company engaged by Palmers. There are also comments at the end of the report.


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