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Imperial Hotel Exterior View from River Taw

Fall in lovewith The Imperial Hotel 

Set by the River Taw, the Imperial Hotel is the leading luxury hotel in Barnstaple and the surrounding North Devon area. With its sweeping oak staircase and lavish soft furnishings, the Imperial Hotel captures the magic and style of a lovely country house. 

The 4 Star Imperial Hotel in Barnstaple is a flagship of Brend Collection, the leader in West Country luxury hotels. At the Imperial, you will sense the long tradition of warm hospitality that has been enjoyed at this hotel for well over a century. Soak in the atmosphere and enjoy some fine living as our guest.

Old black and white image of Barnstaple Square with Imperial Hotel in center

Our History

Our stunning Grade 2 Listed building was originally a grand private manor named ‘Litchdon House’, home to one of Barnstaple’s wealthiest families. In 1898, it became a ‘family hotel’ and was extended over the years to become the iconic building it is today.

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Waiting Staff Apprentice Carrying Prosecco


If you are looking for a new challenge, take a look at our current vacancies and join our ‘Brend family’ and discover what it really means to work somewhere you love - injecting enthusiasm into every moment you’re here and helping to create and deliver unforgettable experiences for our guests.

Plus, we offer hospitality apprenticeships as part of the Brend Training Academy. Partnered with HIT Training, the leading specialist training and apprenticeship provider for the UK’s hospitality industry, the Brend Academy has trained more than 330 apprentices to date - representing more than a quarter of our workforce! 

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Wonderful Facilities

We boast everything you could need for a luxury break in Devon. From an award-winning restaurant, informal dining in The Colour's Bar & Bistro and cosy lounge in The Terrace Lounge. Plus enjoy exclusive guest discounts that include free use of our sister hotel's leisure facilities and discounted entry to RHS Rosemoor. 

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A Proud Member of The Brend Collection

The Brend Collection is a family-run hospitality business that has been a leader in the West Country for over fifty years. We have a passion for excellence and we pour our hearts and souls into making sure we always exceed your expectations - every time you visit us, in every location. With generations of hands-on experience, we know what matters to you and we’ll pull out all the stops to ensure you have an amazing time when you join us; whether you’re staying at one of our hotels, dining in our restaurants, or relaxing in one of our spas. 

Our portfolio of hotels in Devon and Cornwall exudes luxury, and our dedicated staff will always go the extra mile to ensure your experience is truly memorable. From our team of highly experienced chefs to our talented spa therapists and welcoming reception teams, we pride ourselves on offering warm hospitality and exceptional service at every one of our venues.

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