Turns out, the name which ages beyond both previous owners, has very little to do with vegetarians
A Blackpool B&B has cleared up any confusion around its name, The Quorn Hotel.
In 2021, Quorn is mostly associated with the vegetarian food giant supplying veggies and vegans with enough plant-based protein to see them through their daily lives.
It’s pretty easy to see where the confusion has come from. Writing on Facebook on September 17, the new owner Phil Brown wrote: “Some people think we are a vegetarian hotel, but our name doesn’t come from the famous food, but perhaps it does come from here, Quorn.”
Phil pointed out the village of Quorn in Leicestershire, England. He told LancsLive that the name of the B&B was ideal, as, having grown up near Quorn, Leicestershire it was like a home away from home for him.
Phil and his wife Jane took over the Quorn Hotel in 2019, moving into the B&B in April 2020. The accommodation was previously owned by Delores and Jim Birks, who ran the B&B from 2002 until 2019.
With the lockdown taking over much of the accommodation’s business in 2020, Phil said they spent most of the past year painting and decorating the bed and breakfast.
Phil said this season had been “really busy” due to the amount of staycations taking visitors to Blackpool instead of Benidorm.
On living a twin-life with Quorn food, Phil said the confusion among guests overall wasn’t “too bad”.
He told LancsLive: “When we first moved in, people were saying it sounds like a vegetarian place and we were toying with changing the name, but we stuck with it.”
The Quorn Hotel has had its name for as long as both Phil and its previous owner, Delores, can remember.
The Leicestershire link was what attracted Phil to the B&B when they were looking to move in 2019, but said he would like to “find out more” about where the name has come from.
Phil said he should point out that they do offer an exceptional vegetarian breakfast to any Quorn seeking guests. It consists of vegetarian sausage, a choice of eggs, tomatoes, baked beans, hash browns with a drink choice of tea, coffee, juice and toast.
One guest commented: ”Me and my mother thought you were two vegetarians! Very, very unique name for a hotel”
Phil said he was not a vegetarian, but the confusion does continue to make him laugh.
The previous owner Delores ran the B&B with her late husband Jim from 2002 until 2019. When her husband sadly passed away in 2012, she continued to run it alone until Phil and Jane took over.
Delores told LancsLive: “I’m thinking that it was named after a famous fox hunt, but I’m not sure. As far as I know, that’s what it was named after.”
The Quorn Hunt was established in 1696 by Mr Thomas Boothby of Tooley Park, Leicestershire and is known as one of the world’s oldest fox hunting packs and claims to be the UK’s most famous hunt.
On their site, The Quorn Hunt who are still hunting ‘within the law’ wrote: “After a few difficult years we are now as strong as ever and have developed into more of a local hunt and modernised to suit the times.”
So perhaps, the name has very little to do with saving the animals and going meat-free.
Delores said she only experienced a handful of vegetarian enquiries during her time running the B&B, but recognised that has a lot to do with the change in consumption of veggie diets. Although it wasn’t a vegetarian-only venue in her time either, she assured guests that as long as they let her know, it would have always been “sorted for them”.
The Quorn Hotel is Visit England accredited and visitors can book their stay directly through the B&B.