Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Press Cutting: Chester Chronicle

The future of fitness
Chester Chronicle, 29th December 2009

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Press Cutting: Chester Chronicle Online

Women2Day - Lifestyle: Local Law firm celebrate Christmas by going 'Around the World'
Chester Chronicle, 29th December 2009

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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Celebrity Chef arrives in the North West

MARCO Pierre White, the godfather of modern cookery, is blazing a culinary trail into the North West with the launch of two venues.

The fiery TV chef, famed for his no-nonsense approach and Michelin-star food, has confirmed that he will open two restaurants, one in Chester and one in the Lancashire town of Aughton, early next year.

The first of the two restaurants Marco Pierre White at The Swan Inn in Aughton will open in January followed by the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill at the Doubletree by Hilton Chester in February.

Marco Pierre White says:

"The future of eating out in my opinion is affordable glamour, straightforwardness, back to basics. This is what I will be bringing to the North West with the opening of the restaurants.

"This marks a new chapter in my career, I've never lost my Northern roots and I can't wait to bring the next generation of cooking to the region. It's about the occasion, about being with your family and friends, the experience as a whole.

"Romance is what it's all about in this industry, it's what customers look for, but this is what a lot of modern day restaurants lack. Romance is the only thing that never dates - so I will invite my guests to step into a romantic environment."

The move represents a significant coup for Sanguine Hospitality Ltd which, with the help of Marco's long standing friend and local restaurant entrepreneur Francis Carroll, successfully enticed the Hell's Kitchen star to embark on his first UK venture outside the South of England.

Tony Wright, Manager of Doubletree by Hilton Chester says:

"We are ecstatic to be bringing Marco Pierre White to the North West.

"This news isn't just great for us; it's fantastic for Chester and the North West region as a whole. There is nothing of this calibre in the area and it's great for tourists and locals alike."

For more information visit: www.marcopierrewhiterestaurants.com

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Hotel standards raised as Doubletree arrives in South West

The South West's premier hotel will on 2 Dec become part of the world's most exclusive hotel franchise.

It means thehotel at Cadbury House Hotel Health Club & Spa will branded under the Doubletree by HILTON franchise displaying the exclusive logo that's become synonymous with only the best hotels across the world.

The venue, that has become a market leader in the region, will be named as Doubletree by HILTON, Cadbury House Health Club & Spa. It joins four other hotels that trade under the Doubletree name which are located in Aberdeen, Cambridge, Central London and Chester.

Since it opened in 2007, thehotel at Cadbury House has enjoyed unrivalled success with occupancy consistently averaging 80% and the stylish, classic and contemporary accommodation was regarded as being the perfect match for the Doubletree brand.

Nick Taplin, co-owner and Managing director of Cadbury House said:

"We're delighted that Cadbury House is now part of the Doubletree group.

"The South West currently lacks a quality brand like Doubletree and this deal raises the bar for other hotels to aspire to. It also reflects the high-quality accommodation and service currently provided at Cadbury House and I have no doubt that the kudos associated with Doubletree will help the hotel go from strength to strength.

"We're also confident that the new brand will attract more tourists to the area, particularly Americans travelling to Bristol International Airport who are familiar with the Hilton name. This in turn will help provide a boost the local economy as more people visit."

The deal was struck following months of in-depth research by the Cadbury House management team including visits to Cambridge, London, Milan and the USA.

It has resulted in facilities at the four-star hotel being upgraded to the tune of £1 million in order to reach the standards required by the Doubletree brand.

This has included a full IT and system upgrade, the building of a brand new business lounge, the provision of air conditioning in all conference and function rooms, the refurbishment of all bedrooms and the installation of a state of the art fire life safety system.

Mark Hands - General ManagerMark Hands, group general manager added:

"The management team is to remain and it will be business as usual. We've got a very busy festive period ahead with record sales and will be entertaining over 9,000 guests in the run up to Christmas and over the New Year.

"We're also planning a big launch party in the New Year and will be inviting people from across the local area to help us celebrate this new chapter in the long and distinguished history of Cadbury House."

For more information visit: www.cadburyhouse.com


Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The Cheshire Man behind Marco's North West Assault

LOCAL restaurant entrepreneur Francis Carroll is the man responsible for bringing long-term friend Marco Pierre White to the North West.

This isn't the first time that the two chefs have worked together after they both trained under the famous Roux brothers at La Gavroche in London.

Francis has pulled-off a real coup for the region's food lovers with The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill opening at Doubletree by Hilton Chester in February, and Marco Pierre White at The Swann Inn Aughton which will open in January 2010.

Francis says:

"I've been talking to Marco for years about getting him up here. Marco's restaurants are all about the quality of the experience and are perfect for the relaxed ease of Cheshire and Lancashire diners.

"It's great news for everybody involved; from the tourist businesses who can benefit and the visitors to the region, through to the locals who have something really special and prestigious right on their doorstep."

As well as the driving force behind the move, Francis has been the negotiator between Marco and the excited owners of the venues, Sanguine Hospitality Ltd, a luxury leisure group.

Since the beginning of their careers Marco and Francis have taken an interest in each others' ventures with Francis helping out at Marco's first London restaurant Harvey's with other chefs that included a trainee Gordon Ramsey.

After his success with Harvey's, Marco opened the Canteen with Michael Caine. He then went to Hyde Park in Knightsbridge where he was the first Chef to call a restaurant after his own name.

When Francis opened Brasserie St Pierre in Manchester Marco visited on three occasions in the early 1990s hosting a lunch and dinner, and again at Cabbage Hall in 2007 in association with his book "White Slave". Marco was impressed by his friend's establishment, which Francis has now sold to concentrate on the new endeavours.

Francis says:

"We originally met when I was at the Gavroche and Marco had Harvey's and we have been friends ever since. We still share the same passion that we did back then.

"We have always kept in touch since the early days, chatting on the phone, visiting each other and helping each other out with projects wherever possible.

"I'm really excited about these latest ventures in the North West, I will be running all three for him on a daily basis and it's great to be working together yet again."

Marco says:

"I am very excited about bringing my vision of dining out to the North West.

"Francis shares my views of the industry and I am very much enjoying working with him on this."

Marco Pierre White takes pride in all of his establishments and although these three are out of London it will not compromise his commitment or involvement with his restaurants.

Placing a trusted friend and talented chef, Francis, in place to oversee all proceedings will guarantee that Marco will have expert eyes and ears in his restaurant making sure that everything is Marco Pierre White standard.

For further information visit www.marcopierrewhiterestaurants.com or email enquiries@mpwrestaurants.co.uk.

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Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Press Cutting: Bristol Evening Post

Hotel gets upgrade and a new name
Bristol Evening Post, 2nd December 2009

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