Soon after Seaham Hall and its amazing spa was first opened by Tom & Jocelyn Maxfield it became a member of Pride of Britain Hotels. In recent years it has been part of the von Essen group but now, under the ownership of entrepreneur Barry Hurley and the direction of General Manager Ross Grieve, it is once more a fine Pride of Britain member hotel. Watch out for full details on our web site soon.
The election of Seaham Hall brings the PoB collection up to 45 member hotels, 90% of the maximum allowed in the consortium’s rules.
Congratulations to Northcote in Lancashire on becoming Pride of Britain’s HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2013.
Picture shows Craig Bancroft (right) receiving the award from David Morgan-Hewitt, Chairman of Pride of Britain, on the occasion of the consortium’s Annual Luncheon at The Goring on April 15th.
Pride of Britain Hotels are delighted to welcome two new member hotels elected into the consortium - The Capital in London (below left) and The Feversham Arms & Verbena Spa in North Yorkshire (below right).
The Capital belongs to the Levin family and is just one minute from the famous Harrods department store in Knightsbridge while the Feversham Arms enjoys a more rural location in Helmsley.
Full details will appear on the Pride of Britain website shortly.
Join hoteliers and industry friends from the South West of England on Sunday 8th September for a fabulous day at the famous Beaufort Polo Ground at Westonbirt in Gloucestershire. The event is to raise money for Hospitality Action, a charity that helps people from the hotel & catering trade who find themselves in crisis. The day starts with a champagne reception followed by a superb three course lunch prepared by leading chefs from the region and wines plus the incomparable pleasure of watching top players compete to win the Sidebottom Cup.
Tickets are a snip at £80 each (or £750 for a table of ten) but numbers are limited so please secure your place by calling 0203 004 5503 or visit www.hospitalityaction.org.uk
Every two years the Pride of Britain consortium elects a new chairman from among its existing member hoteliers, but we are delighted to announce that David Morgan-Hewitt, Managing Director of The Goring, has agreed to serve for another two years until November 2015.
David is a well known figure in the luxury hotel industry with numerous awards to his name including “Manager of the Year” at the 2010 Caterer & Hotelkeeper Awards, otherwise known as the “Cateys”.
Working in close collaboration with Peter Hancock, Pride of Britain’s longstanding chief executive, David has made building on the fame and integrity of the PoB brand his top priority.
We like to think of Pride of Britain Hotels as a luxury brand, despite the organisation being so small. But did you know that the consortium has a number of very well known luxury brands among its group of commercial partners? These are companies we work closely with and who help to support our marketing efforts. They include: Moet & Chandon * American Express * Louis Latour Wines * Bibendum * Temple Spa * First Drinks Brands * Hildon Natural Mineral Water * BMW (UK).
Find all our commercial partners here: www.prideofbritainhotels.com/Our_Partners
Badminton Horse Trials
Pride of Britain Hotels will be exhibiting at the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire between May 2nd and 6th this year. Please come and see us in the Country Living marquee and meet some of our member hoteliers.
For event details visit www.badminton-horse.co.uk
For one night only, a brigade of hotel industry high flyers doffed their pinstripe suits and donned waiters’ aprons to serve 130 lucky diners at Pennyhill Park in aid of Hospitality Action, the charity that helps people from the catering trade who find themselves in crisis.
Organised by Danny Pecorelli (of Exclusive Hotels) and Philip Newman-Hall (of Le Manoir aux quat Saisans) and supported by generous sponsors, the evening was a great success, raising £25,000 for the charity.
Picture shows (L-R) front row: Simon Numphud, Jonathan Raggett, Julia Sibley, Andrew McKenzie, Sue Williams, Derek Bulmer. Back row: Mark Lewis, Ufi Ibrahim, Kate Levin, Harry Murray, Richard Ball, Peter Crome, Philip Newman-Hall, Stuart Johnson, Danny Pecorelli, Jeremy Rata, Peter Hancock, Michael Shepherd, John Stauss, Justin Pinchbeck.
Two hotels in the Pride of Britain collection have new general managers this month: The Feathers at Woodstock in Oxfordshire and South Lodge near Horsham in Sussex.
Peter Saunders moves up to GM at The Feathers from the number two position at the famous Northcote in Lancashire, where he learned many of his managerial skills from proprietor Craig Bancroft. The new man at South Lodge is David Connell, who was previously GM at its sister hotel, Lainston House.
A warm welcome to them both.
Many organisations talk of their exclusivity, but few back this up with such a strict rule as Pride of Britain where membership of the consortium is limited to a maximum of 50 hotels. This makes successful admission into our “club” all the more special, with the members themselves having the last word on which applications to vote through.
In the latter part of 2012 we were pleased to welcome Lewtrenchard Manor back, following the Murray family’s reacquisition of that fine country house in Devon, and also new member The Grove at Narberth on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast.
Watch out for some exciting additions to the collection this year as we near our limit.