David Morgan-Hewitt (in dark jacket below) was among 30 leading hoteliers who went “Back to the Floor” as waiters for a dinner in aid of Hospitality Action in April. The event was the brainchild of Danny Pecorelli (MD of Exclusive Hotels) and Philip Newman-Hall (MD of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons) which raised over £50,000 for the charity, generously hosted by The Langham in London.
This was yet another example of hoteliers working together for a common aim. Well done to all of them.
Photo by Jeremy Rata
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in the beautiful Lake District is the subject of a fascinating BBC TV show called Chefs on Trial presented by Alex Polizzi of The Hotel Inspector fame.
The programme shows the Cunliffe family, owners of Pride of Britain member hotel The Gilpin, being helped to recruit a new executive head chef to take the business to a new level of excellence.
It’s well worth watching.
The Grove, Narberth, in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside has been named Hotel of the Year 2015 by Pride of Britain Hotels. Personally run by its owners, Neil Kedward and Zoe Agar, The Grove has 3 AA rosettes and currently holds the AA Wine Award for Wales.
Nominations for hotel of the year (Pride of Britain’s only annual award) come from a team of mystery guests who stay at every member property on a rotating basis.
The collection is limited to no more than 50 hotels around the UK and has recently adopted a new strapline that its members feel best describes what the consortium stands for: “The Art of Great Hospitality”. The Grove certainly fits that description.
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.
The Goring re-opened on February 21st after an extensive ground floor refurbishment under the direction of some of the top designers in this country. Here is an image of the beautiful lobby which now features hand painted wallpaper and bespoke furniture in keeping with The Goring’s very individual style.
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.
Congratulations to Adam Smith (pictured below) and all his colleagues at The Devonshire Arms on being awarded an amazing 4 AA rosettes for their Burlington Restaurant.
We are also delighted for The Goring and Gravetye Manor, each of which attained 3 AA rosettes.
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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.
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
- Lloyds Cardnet
- Lynx Purchasing
- Moet & Chandon
- Temple Spa (illustrated below)
- William Grant & Sons
We are grateful for their support and are delighted to recommend them all to you.
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.