New spa for The Swan at Lavenham

Pride of Britain member The Swan at Lavenham in Suffolk has opened its brand new Weavers’ House Spa.

Within the spa are six treatment rooms (one of which is suitable for couples or double treatments), a luxurious relaxation lounge, manicure and pedicure emporium, an aromatic steam room, a hot stone sauna and an outdoor vitality pool with a decked outside relaxation area.  There are over 30 gorgeous Temple Spa Skin, Body & Soul treatments to choose from and a retail boutique where consultants can advise on products for home use.

Hebridean Princess enjoys extensive refit

In preparation for the new season, The Tiree Lounge, the Library, the Look-Out Lounge and the Conservatory on-board the Hebridean Princess have all been re-designed and re-furbished. Interior designers John Dick & Son have created an individual theme for each room, all linking in with an overall colour scheme, using Scottish fabrics and British made furniture.

In addition to these vast visual improvements the ship’s Wi-Fi has been significantly upgraded and i-pads installed in the Library. These exciting enhancements will be revealed to guests aboard the first cruise of the season next week.

Hebridean Princess

New Year message of thanks

We start the year by saying a very big THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who have helped to sustain Pride of Britain Hotels over the past year… and in some cases over the whole 32 years since the consortium came into being:

  • Our 48 member hoteliers and their superb teams
  • Our 12 commercial partners
  • Our business associates and specialist supporters
  • Our customers who have the good taste to stay at some of the finest privately owned hotels in Britain, where great hospitality comes as standard

2014 was a record year for us, with more bookings made and more gift vouchers sold than ever before. Our web site delivered more referrals and we achieved greater press coverage than in any previous year. The task for us in 2015 is to build on all of this and to make the Pride of Britain brand as famous as it deserves to be.


Partners in luxury

Did you know that, as well as representing 48 very fine hotels, Pride of Britain also enjoys a working partnership with several leading brands, who supply goods and services to our member hoteliers and their customers? These are our commercial partners, many of whom have been affiliated with the consortium for 10 years or more:

  • AB InBev
  • American Express
  • Belu Water
  • Bibendum Wines
  • Gauntlet Insurance
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lloyds Cardnet
  • Lynx Purchasing
  • Moet & Chandon
  • Penfolds
  • Temple Spa (illustrated below)
  • William Grant & Sons

We are grateful for their support and are delighted to recommend them all to you.

Hotel Catey winner

Congratulations to Northcote in Lancashire on winning the Restaurant Team of the Year award at the Hotel Cateys 2014, yet another trophy for their well-stocked cabinet and further proof of the excellence of the team. Also shortlisted in this category were fellow Pride of Britain members The Montagu Arms and The Capital.

Picture shows Northcote’s joint Managing Director Craig Bancroft receiving the famous statuette from sponsors Douwe Egberts Professional.

Obsessed with kitchen talent

Northcote in Lancashire will play host for the fourteenth consecutive year to its extraordinary food festival named “Obsession 15″. It takes place at the Pride of Britain member hotel from January 20th to 29th.

This year the festival is proud to welcome an eclectic line up of chefs; Paul Ainsworth, At Number 6 Restaurant, Padstow; Eric Chavot, Brasserie Chavot, London; Gary Jones, Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxford; Paul Cunningham, Henne Kirkeby Kro, Denmark; Adam Byatt, Trinity London ; Jonray & Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, Casamia, Bristol ; Adam Simmonds, Formerly of Adam Simmonds Restaurant At Danesfield House Marlow-on-Thames; Michael Wignall, The Latymer, At Pennyhill Park Hotel, Surrey; Lisa Allen, Northcote, Blackburn and Nigel Haworth, Northcote, Blackburn.

Picture shows Northcote’s own Lisa Allen at work.

Hotelier of the Year

Congratulations from all at Pride of Britain to Danny Pecorelli, Managing Director of Exclusive Hotels (owners of South Lodge in Sussex) who was named Hotelier of the Year by The Caterer magazine on November 12th.

Previous recipients of this most coveted title include Richard Ball (Calcot Manor & Barnsley House), David Levin (The Capital), George Goring (The Goring) and Harry Murray (Lucknam Park).

The award was presented at a special lunch at The Grosvenor House, attended by some of the best known figures in the hospitality industry. Mr Pecorelli paid tribute to his father who created Exclusive Hotels in the early 1980s, and to his outstanding team of staff and managers. He said that the challenge for our industry in the coming years will be attracting and retaining talented people.