Hundreds turn out to enjoy the grand reopening of the refurbished Saffron Suite Hotel

PUBLISHED: 12:24 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:24 09 March 2018

Owner, Harry Eden (centre) stops just long enough to pose for an opening night shot with some of his staff behind the bar, on a very busy night.

Owner, Harry Eden (centre) stops just long enough to pose for an opening night shot with some of his staff behind the bar, on a very busy night.

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A hotel in Saffron Walden which was bought and refurbished by former child actor Harry Eden reopened on Friday, welcoming nearly 300 guests.

The Saffron Suite & Kitchen prepares to re-open its doors after a major refurbishment, on a snowy March night,The Saffron Suite & Kitchen prepares to re-open its doors after a major refurbishment, on a snowy March night,

Saffron Suite Hotel, formerly Saffron Hotel, was bought by Mr Eden, who is an ex-boyfriend of The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna.

Guests received free champagne and canapes on arrival at the grand opening, but Harry said the weather had held up a lot of deliveries.

He said: “We are excited to open and give the locals a new hotel and restaurant. It was stressful because of the weather but we would like to say thanks to everyone who turned up for the opening.”

The hotel is now open every day for breakfast between 7am and 12pm and the bar will be open every evening.

A couple of hours after opening, the dance floor was starting to fill up.A couple of hours after opening, the dance floor was starting to fill up.

Harry, from Old Harlow, said they had hired a top chef from London who will be starting at the Saffron Suite on April 9. Until then, bar snacks will be available in the afternoon and evening.

Harry Eden played the Artful Dodger in Roman Polanski’s 2005 movie Oliver Twist and starred alongside Keira Knightley in the 2002 film Pure for which he won the British Independent Film Award in 2003 for Most Promising Newcomer.

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