Hotelier aims to expand his empire

Hotelier Jeremy Mogford

Hotelier Jeremy Mogford

First published in Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

MILLIONAIRE hotelier Jeremy Mogford is hoping to expand in Oxford by renovating a city centre building.

His company, Mogford Hotels and Restaurants, has submitted plans to convert 36 St Giles into a hotel.

The building, which is Grade II- listed, is currently used by his company as an office.

Mr Mogford already runs the Old Parsonage hotel in St Giles, along with the Old Bank hotel in High Street and the restaurants Quod, in High Street, and Gees, in Banbury Road He was the founder of the Browns restaurant chain, which he has since sold.

Mr Mogford said: “The plan is that we would work to convert the building into five really nice bedrooms, to be run in association with the Old Parsonage hotel, which is nearby.

“At the moment, it is just used as offices.

“We have already got permission at the Old Parsonage for extra bedrooms at the back, which means that we used to have 30 rooms and now it is 35.

“If we are successful, this will add another five.”

He said the need for the extra rooms was because of the popularity of the Old Parsonage, where he has already carried out a “top-to-bottom” refurbishment, costing £1.5m, and last year completed a £500,000 restoration of Gees.

But he said there was still a lack of hotel accommodation in Oxford.

He said: “Both our hotels run at fairly high occupancy and it’s caused by a shortage of available buildings.

“When I opened the Old Bank 16 years ago, it was the first new hotel to open in Oxford for quite a few years.”

Giles Ingram, the director of local tourist board Experience Oxfordshire, agreed there was not enough hotel space.

He said: “Oxford has comparatively high occupancy rates among UK cities and it’s a very attractive place for the hotel industry to invest.

“Certainly at the four star and upwards end of the market occupancy rates are very high, and at the budget end a number of companies are coming into the city, so we will see how that changes things.

“Having more hotel space would enable more visitors to be accommodated in the city and attract their spending in restaurants, shops and all the other businesses that depend on tourism.”

Top News
• Our top stories:

Didcot murders: College gives help after triple murder suspect’s body found

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 27th May 2015

A SERIOUS case review may be held over the murder of little Derin Jordon as authorities began to look into whether any warnings were missed about her half-brother Jed Allen, pictured.

Val Smith funeral: Do not mourn for too long - she's want you making a difference and helping people

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 27th May 2015

TEARS flowed at the funeral of much-loved councillor Val Smith yesterday as her husband said she would want more people to do good in the world.

UPDATE: Routes around Oxford snarling up in evening rush hour

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

9:17am Wednesday 27th May 2015

DRIVERS and bus services are tonight delayed around the city as traffic builds up.

Didcot murders: Families pay tribute to 'best daddy there ever was' and 'beloved' sister

Oxford Mail:

12:12pm Wednesday 27th May 2015

THE FAMILIES of the three people murdered in Didcot have spoken of their grief about the tragedy.

Didcot murders: Community reeling over tragic events

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 27th May 2015

RIBBONS and flowers decorated the entrance to Vicarage Road in Didcot, where residents continued to pay tribute to a family that were murdered in their home.

Didcot murders: Tattoo artist thought Allen was a ‘normal’ lad

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 27th May 2015

THE TATTOO artist of murder suspect Jed Allen spoke of how he came across as a “happy and joyful” person.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:55pm Fri 30 May 14

robbo81 says...

there isn't enough hotel space in Oxford. However between Mogford, the Jacobs and Field chaps and Clinton Pugh Oxford has some of the least diverse, interesting or innovative bars in the nation! come on chaps enough of the 'metro' tiles, mismatched furniture, oldie charm. or the twee englishness. Let's stop following what London was doing 3 years ago and New York did 5 years ago and perhaps innovate.
there isn't enough hotel space in Oxford. However between Mogford, the Jacobs and Field chaps and Clinton Pugh Oxford has some of the least diverse, interesting or innovative bars in the nation! come on chaps enough of the 'metro' tiles, mismatched furniture, oldie charm. or the twee englishness. Let's stop following what London was doing 3 years ago and New York did 5 years ago and perhaps innovate. robbo81
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree