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The Holte Restoration Is Glorious

I was lucky enough to be invited to an evening at The Holte (the former and gloriously restored Holte Hotel) last Thursday.

I must say the place is just so classy and has been superbly restored, the furniture is modern and you can see no expense has been spared with the fixtures and fittings. Much too good for us lot, if I was Alison Plant (who was in charge of the project and is Head of Business Villa) I'd not let anyone near it!

The whole place oozes class and if that is a sign of things to come at Villa, then we really are going places - and fast. Even the flooring is superb, they've re-created some of the old tile flooring from outside the pub from its glory days. Same with the windows, stained glass and all. It really did feel something to be proud of.

Hey, even the food was nice (bit different to the match day catering from the kiosks at Villa Park I hear you cry!), as I'm sure you'll want to know, I had fish and chips. Hmmm nice. So nice I went back and had a portion of pie and chips. Hmmm, doubly nice.

I can see why the place has to be limited on match days, you really couldn't have more than the 130 odd with the one bar, but I'm sure it would be a great place to meet on non match days and as of today, it is open each day and on Sunday's serves a Sunday lunch.

This really is a fabulous building, something to be proud of now as you walk up towards Villa Park. Bit different to the decay and ruin we saw previously. I'm sure there is a parallel to be drawn somewhere between the old and new regime, but just can't put my finger on it.

Upstairs there are meeting rooms as well, I think they are open to ideas as to how best to use the place (in fact I know they are) so maybe one of these days we can do a Vital Villa meet up the night before a game. Hey, if I'm pushed, I might even put a few pennies behind the counter for a drink... only water mind, wouldn't want to go mad.

Anyway, hopefully you'll go and have a look for yourselves, the place is a triumph and I'm sure I'll be down there again, especially on a Thursday as they've a curry night then!

(Now to pursuade Randy to let me have a bunk on the top floor, you'd never get me out of the place apart from on match days!)




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 5 2007

Time: 5:23PM

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I usually get off the No. 7 at the other end of the ground but after the game yesterday we had a walk round to the Holte and was mighty impressed. Great job, and as you say if this is the shape of things to come it all bodes well for our future. Just don't ask MON to get the round in because he'll probably get them one minute before last orders!!!
Jon.H
might go and have a look at it
Christo
Worth remembering the ruin that was the Holte Hotel has now been preserved not only for Aston Villa but for the City of Birmingham, for that we must be greatful. I often wondered why the Holte Hotel was left to go to rack and ruin and the only answer I come up with was the previous management wanted to remove the remaining Victorian part of Villa Park, why? The answer is simple, the Holte reminded people of the stand that was demolished by the previous chairman. I hope the Holte is a celebration of Villas past and a sign of the future.
col8
lol at Jon.H very true!!!!!!!!!
The Fear
JF, the parallel is somewhere in HDE with his "Del Boy" mentality and Randy with his undoubted style and quality. Del Boy versus.....?
Stevew
Hope to sample The Holte Hotel's hospitality one lunchtime this week. Looks very impressive from the outside, makes you forget completely what an eyesore the old building had been allowed to become. Amusing post there Christo, 'might go and have a look at it'. Then again I suppose, you might not.
glensider
Was hugely impressed with what I saw from outside Saturday. Can't wait to check the inside out. Another triumph for Randy & co.
Adam Deuce
lol said that because I live over 100 miles from Birmingham last time I was at Villa Park was in 1999 and I hardly got to look at anything because I was with the school
Christo
Like the idea of a Vital meet up to get to meet the people who you have a banter with face to face.
Jon.H
lol aint a drinker but if we met I guess we could have some drinking sessions and instead of going to the toilet we all go to St Andrews
Christo
Christo never mind dude I will get you a coke, packet of Chees and Onion crisps and a straw. You will have to wait in the car though.
col8
Did anyone notice the " Doug Ellis Stand" lettering had been removed from the stand on saturday?
silkie villain
Looked very nice from the outside but completely empty inside when i walked past.
DeanoVilla
lol I do drink i just dont get drunk when I go o9ut I have 1 or 2 Ciders but thats all
Christo
silkie i did. i hope its permanently gone.
The Usual Suspect
"Doug Ellis Stand" was on the end of the stand nearest to the North Stand last Thursday. So has that been removed as well. If so, it does surprise me!
villacross
 

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