15 Feb 2012

The Marquis at Alkham

THIS nonchalant village pub turned bright white-walled gourmet restaurant with designer bedrooms originally took the title, ‘Marquis of Granby’. Granby was general, politico and gastronome, John Manners, eldest son of the 3rd Duke of Rutland and a benevolent much-loved for establishing ageing members of his regiment as publicans. On Manners’ death in 1770, his barrister friend, Levett Blackborne eulogised: “You are no stranger to the spirit of procrastination. The noblest mind that ever existed...”