Thursday, 28 January 2010

Press Cutting: Chester Standard

Call for sun bed ban to help prevent more skin cancer woe
Chester Standard, 28th January 2010

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Friday, 22 January 2010

Marco's Double Appointment at Doubletree

Fiery TV chef Marco Pierre White has the best Cheshire talent heading-up his new restaurant in Chester.

The Godfather of modern cooking has confirmed the appointment of head chef Chris Brown and restaurant manager Brenden Moradi to the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, which will open next month on February 12, ready for Valentines weekend.

On a surprise progress trip to his Steakhouse, Bar and Grill at Doubletree by Hilton Chester last week, Marco took time out to say:

"It's so important to have good people and Brenden and Chris are outstanding talents within the food industry. They share my passion and vision for creating an occasion and romance for family and friends, for good food and the experience as a whole."

Cheshire born and bread, Chris Brown of Congleton will be at the helm of the kitchen within the hotly anticipated restaurant, based at the Doubletree by Hilton Chester.

Chris is incredibly passionate about food and garnered his chef qualifications from Macclesfield College before working at award-winning restaurants throughout the local area for 14 years. He has only just returned from intense training at Marco's flagship restaurants in London, Marco at Chelsea and Wheelers of St James.

Chris has met Marco previously and is well-known to the man responsible for the MPW brand in the North West, Francis Carroll. As Marco's long standing friend and colleague, Francis will personally oversee Marco's North West restaurants.

Chris says:
"I am very excited about the launch of the MPW Steakhouse, Bar and Grill at Doubletree Chester. I've worked with many outstanding chefs but it's a dream to work with Marco and Francis, and I can't wait to bring our menu to life!"

With a wealth of experience in some of Chester's finest haunts, Bar Lounge, Upstairs at The Grill and the Cock o Barton, restaurant manager Brenden is dedicated to providing outstanding customer service and creating an unforgettable experience for diners. He is certainly the man to make sure that everything is up to the legendary Marco Pierre White's standards.

Brenden says:
"I think Marco's vision for the Steakhouse, Bar and Grill is exactly what Chester needs. It will offer affordable quality food in a relaxed and romantic ambience. It's simple, straightforward glamour that everyone can enjoy.

"It's getting close to the opening date now and we're all very eager to get going. The restaurant looks fantastic and we can't wait for people to experience the food – we're already taking bookings for Valentine's Day!"

Francis, brand and development manager for MPW North West, says:
"I know Chris personally and as a chef. His experience, drive and palette make him perfect for the position of head chef. While Brenden has a reputation that precedes him and an unquestionable gift for creating that special experience, which the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar and Grill certainly will be."

MPW Steakhouse, Bar and Grill at Doubletree by Hilton Chester will open between February 12 and 14 with a special Valentines set menu before officially opening with the full menu on February 16, 2010.


Marco Spreads his wings at The Swan

Marco Pierre White has handpicked a North West duo to head up his new venue in Aughton, Lancashire.

The TV chef's latest venture, Marco Pierre White at The Swan Inn, opens next Monday (25 January) and he has personally appointed Simon Bower and David Thorneycroft to the roles of executive chef and general manager respectively.

Bolton-born Simon is a Michelin-starred chef with more than 20 years experience, including seven years as joint head chef at the prestigious Northcote Manor. He has previously worked under White at his London restaurants and was recommended for the role by Neil Thornley, Executive Chef at White's Yew Tree restaurant in Berkshire.

Liverpool-born David was handed the general manager role after impressing Marco at interview and after working at Marco's Wheeler's of St James Restaurant in London. Demonstrating a vast knowledge of the industry, Marco said his drive and commitment to service mirrored his own.

Whilst visiting the Swan last week to check on progress, Marco said:

"With a week to go, we're all set to hit the ground running, the team is prepared and eager to welcome guests.

"David and Simon are fantastic, I interviewed candidates from across the country and they were the two that stood out with regard to ambition, enthusiasm and the ability to deliver quality food and exceptional service.

"I'm really enjoying working with them, there are no egos involved, just willingness to learn and a determination to make The Swan Inn one of the best venues in the area"

Simon said:

"I'm delighted to be joining Marco's team and helping to establish his first North West venue. I've worked in the industry for many years and have had the pleasure of working with some of the best chefs in the business, but Marco is something else. I feel privileged to be working alongside him to bring affordable luxury to the market."

David said:

"Marco expects standards that exceed all others. Working at the coalface of his London venue was priceless and something that will benefit all of our staff.

David was keen to emphasise that the Swan Inn will offer what Marco terms "Affordable Luxury" to all:

"The Swan Inn will offer affordable quality food in the relaxed ambience of a local inn. It's a venue for all occasions and we want guests to pop in for anything, whether it be a pint of beer, a bottle of champagne, fish pie or a fillet steak."

Marco Pierre White at The Swan Inn represents a significant coup for Sanguine Hospitality 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.

His second restaurant - Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill at the Doubletree by Hilton Chester - will open later this month.

Visit the new website: Marco Pierre White Restaurants


Press Cutting: The Leader Chester

Call for sunbeds ban to beat rise in skin cancer
The Leader Chester, 22nd January 2010

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Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Press Cutting; Bristol Evening Post

Hotel adds more room...
Bristol Evening Post, 20th January 2010

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Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Doubletree Branches out with new Extension

Work to extend the region's premier hotel has got underway.

It will mean capacity at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel at Cadbury House in Congresbury will increase by 60 rooms from 72-bedrooms to 132.

Costing 5 million, the extension which is to be built at the rear of the existing hotel, will result in a further 50 jobs being created plus the employment of many local suppliers during the construction work including that of a Bristol contractor to oversee the project.

Formerly Cadbury House Hotel, Health Club and Spa the hotel became part of the world renowned Doubletree franchise in December 2009 and now proudly displays the logo synonymous with only the best hotels across the world.

The new extension will allow the four-star venue to host more events such as conferences, business meetings and weddings which before, it had to turn away.

Opened in 2007 the hotel has enjoyed occupancy levels consistently over 80% with guests including personalities such as Sven-Goran Eriksson, Manchester City football club and Nick Knowles from DIY SOS.

With its own glitz and glamour the four-star boutique style hotel is like no other in the region and with parking for up to 350 people, it’s easy to understand why businesses find Cadbury House so attractive for delegates.

Mark Hands group general manager said:

"The reawakening of Cadbury House has really put this part of North Somerset right on the map. To become part of the Doubletree franchise not only reflects the high quality accommodation and service we currently provide at Cadbury House but raises the standard for hoteliers right across the region.

"Its success demonstrates that there has always been demand for a quality hotel and it’s great that work has started on the final part of its transformation.

"With work taking place at the rear of the hotel will mean no disruption so it'll be business as normal during the extension's construction.”

For further information on Doubletree by Hilton, Bristol South, Cadbury House please call T: 01934 834343 or visit the website on www.cadburyhouse.com


Friday, 8 January 2010

Press Cutting: Chester Chronicle

Win a family spa membership
Chester Chronicle, 7th January 2010

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Press Cutting: Clifton Life

Doubletree arrives in SW
Clifton Life, January 2010

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Thursday, 7 January 2010

Press Cutting: Chester Chronicle

Hotel's explosive action
Chester Chronicle, 7th January 2010

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Press Cutting: Metro

Outrage over 'aliens will eat fatties' gym poster
Metro, 7th January 2010

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Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Press Cutting: Mail Online

'Aliens will eat the fatties first': Gym sparks outrage with new advertising campaign
Mail Online, 6th January 2010

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Press Cutting: Daily Telegraph

Gym advert warned 'fatties' would be eaten by aliens
Western Mail, 6th January 2001

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Press Cutting: Western Daily Press

Slimming sign shows losing weight is no laughing matter
Western Daily Press, 6th January 2010

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Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Press Cutting: Bristol Evening Post

How did this alien land a health club in hot water?
Bristol Evening Post, 5th January 2010

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Hotel Conference Rooms Take Inspiration from Hampshire Butterfly Reserve

An invitation to the people of Hampshire to provide names for conference rooms at the county's newest hotel has come up trumps with the names being inspired from a local butterfly reserve.

It means that six of the new generation Holiday Inn's conference rooms on Telegraph Way, Winchester will be named after butterflies, three of which are iconic species and three being ones that can regularly be seen at Butterfly Conservation's Magdalen Hill Down nature reserve.

The idea developed following a series of conversations between the management team at the hotel and Reserve Officer, Lynn Fomison, about how the hotel could help create awareness of the neighbouring nature reserve and the work done there.

The six conference rooms will now be named Monarch, Emperor, Swallowtail, Peacock, Admiral, and Chalkhill.

Majestic species provided the names for the larger rooms including Monarch which is famous worldwide and Purple Emperor which is regarded as being the king of the treetops in Hampshire woodlands.

Swallowtail holds the promise that more butterflies may migrate to southern counties from the continent and the latter species are just three of the 30 plus butterflies that can be seen on the Magdalen Hill Down reserve.

Linda Williams, sales manager at the hotel said:

"From day one we've been keen to involve the local community and highlight the importance of conservation in the area. We had a variety of suggestions including rivers in Hampshire, historical references and medieval links and I'd like to thank all those who sent in their suggestions.

"The butterfly idea really fitted what were we looking for and each room will now include a picture of each butterfly, details on the species and information on the reserve so when delegates visit the hotel they will be able to read and learn bit more about the work that goes on there."

Lynn added:

"We are so glad that Linda and her team wish to raise awareness of the importance of butterflies. The choice of a theme incorporating butterflies by Holiday Inn is a dream come true. It's just so appropriate.

"Our 110 acre nature reserve is just a few minutes walk away from the Holiday Inn and is ideal for visitors seeking a flower-rich, butterfly-rich landscape with great views of Winchester."

The 141-bed hotel is due to open in February 2010. If you would like more information on the Holiday Inn Winchester please visit www.hiwinchester.co.uk


Friday, 1 January 2010

Press Cutting: YQ Magazine

Hot Stuff: Fiery but brilliant chef Marco PierreWhite is returning to his northern roots (sort of) with a flame-grilled new venture.
YQ Magazine, January 2010

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