A grand Georgian hotel on the edge of Norwich has revealed plans to open a new contemporary bistro with outdoor seating.

Caistor Hall, in Caistor St Edmund, is hoping to develop the space by converting a group of outbuildings - including a former coach house - to the north of the site.

Norwich Evening News: Caistor Hall dates back to the 1700sCaistor Hall dates back to the 1700s (Image: Newsquest)

A new lobby space will also be constructed - alongside a new event space to the south of the bistro.

The north outbuildings are currently used for storage and have been described by hotel bosses as being of "low" historical significance. 

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The Grade II Listed Caistor Hall dates back to the 1700s - built in the time of King George III - but wasn't opened as a hotel and country club in 1948. 

Since then, it has undergone a series of major refurbishments and one brief name change in 2019 to The Boudicca. 

Norwich Evening News: The planned bistro at Caistor HallThe planned bistro at Caistor Hall (Image: South Norfolk Council)

It sits within 32 acres of historic grounds and woodlands, and boasts 21 bedrooms, including two bridal suites. 

A planning statement submitted by hotel bosses confirmed a pre-application enquiry had been successfully carried out and any proposed changes would be "sensitive" and "sympathetic" to the historic nature of the site.

South Norfolk Council is hoping to make a decision on the application by March 25.