The English Inn Restaurant & Pub was happily surprised to find itself in the news a lot recently. Last week we gave away 100 four course meals as a way to thank the community and were very gratified by the response.
We’ve all been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for a year or more now and it has provided challenging times for everyone. Here at the English Inn Restaurant & Pub, as with most everywhere, business ground to a near halt.
Despite this, and in the face of hardships of their own, the surrounding community rallied to our aid. Not only did they order take out meals from the English Inn Restaurant but also provided cash tips for our staff. Some even gave Christmas presents to our staff’s children!
As a member of the community, we also appreciated the hard work and sacrifice we saw around us on a daily basis. First responders and front line workers like paramedics, food service workers, caregivers, postal workers, and others who have done selfless acts.
Get set for East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival 2016 – two free days of high-caliber local, regional, and national jazz acts in the heart of downtown East Lansing, June 17th and 18th, 2016!
The East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Once again the City of East Lansing, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, and the Michigan State University College of Music all pitched in to make this year’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival the best it can be.
Held downtown in a lively outdoor setting, around a large tent on the corner of Albert Avenue and Abbot Road, Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is a family-friendly celebration of jazz music, featuring not only performances by regional and national jazz musicians but also youth programs and community education.
A new website for The English Inn, Restaurant and Pub!
You may have noticed things looking a little different on the site of late – that’s because The English Inn, Restaurant and Pub has a new website!
The English Inn, Restaurant and Pub is a historic business but, along with respecting and preserving the Medovue Estate and the luxurious, yesteryear experience a visit or stay here can provide, we also aim to keep things up-to-date: a perfect marriage of the best of the past with the best of the present, in other words.
A website is part of that and we knew we were looking a bit dated. Our last site had served The English Inn, Restaurant and Pub well and long – but it was time for a change. We wanted a site that worked well with present technologies, had the flexibility for a lengthy lifespan, and one that more accurately represented the present face of our business – and we feel like we got that in spades!
For our visitors, this means a website that works to fit seamlessly into the screen you’re viewing it on, no matter whether that’s a brand new, 29″ flat screen on your desk or a smart-phone display in your palm. In the case of the latter, so much for squinting and waiting ’til you get home to peruse our site: our new website is surfable wherever and whenever.
Please join us May 15th for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of Medovue, the home built by Oldsmobile general manager and president Jacob Reuter in 1927. This property is known today by another name: the English Inn. The exclusive tour is a fundraising event for the Historical Society of Greater Lansing. It will take place on Wednesday May 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will include an in-depth, behind the scenes tour of the house and grounds, as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Tickets are $50 per person. Visit the historical society website to purchase tickets.
The History behind our Inn and Wedding Venue
In 1927, construction began on the Tudor Revival house designed for auto baron Irving Jacob Reuter (1885-1972) and his wife, Janet (1886-1984). The Reniger Construction Co. of Lansing completed the 10,000 square foot house early the next year with plans drafted by Harold Childs of East Lansing. The Reuters called this property “Medovue.” The 15 acre estate included a pergola, swimming pool and gazebo as well as an artesian well, fishpond, annual and perennial gardens and nature trails.
The Reuters lived and lavishly entertained at Medovue from 1928 to 1936. Great names of American business and automotive giants were guests at social functions.
Original homeowner Irving Jacob Reuter
The Reuters were listed both in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Michigan during their tenure at Medovue. Reuter abruptly retired from Oldsmobile in 1934 and he and Janet moved to Florida in 1936.
See More of our Bed and Breakfast than the Average Guest!
If you are interested in attending the fundraiser, why not get yourself a room at the inn so you don’t have to worry about driving after some cocktails and delicious desserts? After touring the grounds and learning about the fascinating history of the property, your stay will be infused with added significance.
Stay in the Ivy Cottage and you will be in the original property’s milking room. Enjoy a sitting room with fireplace and Jacuzzi tub.