Article in Bridport News 18th February 2010
Bid to thrash out plan for seaside hotel
CAMPAIGNERS who want to see the Three Cups Hotel in Lyme Regis saved and re-opened as a hotel hope to get some answers when they meet its owner for the first time.
John Palmer, chairman and managing director of the Bridport brewery, has agreed to meet with members of the Save the Three Cups Hotel group at the end of March.
An independent report on the dilapidated building – which has been closed for 20 years – found that although there is an opportunity for a four-star boutique hotel in the town, the costs outweigh the profits.
Campaign committee chairman John Dover said: “The meeting will be an opportunity to get answers to our questions from the man at the top.
“He is obviously a key decision maker and we now have our first chance to strike up a relationship with him.
“Among the many points we wish to raise with him will be to seek his views on the future of the Three Cups and to establish the strength of his long term commitment to Lyme Regis.”
Town councillors have been asked to nominate three members to join a working group involving Palmers Brewery, their advisors, plus officers and members of West Dorset District Council.
Palmers say they wish to set up the working group to discuss a way forward for the Three Cups Hotel which would benefit the town and be financially viable.