Two Bespoke Hotels employees have been named on the 2017 Hotel Designs Brit List, which shortlists the 25 most inspirational and influential hoteliers for the year.
Both company Chairman, Robin Sheppard, as well as Mario Ovsenjak, General Manager of the fabulous Hotel Gotham were selected amongst the most influential and inspirational individuals in the hotel industry for the past year.
Bespoke Hotels is pleased to announce it has committed to a substantial refurbishment and expansion program of Dorking’s historic White Horse Hotel, due to take place between July and November, 2017.
Totalling over £3,000,000, works will encompass the property’s accommodation, including a comprehensive remodelling and the addition of 16 new bedrooms. In addition to this, there will be a total re-design of the ground floor restaurant, bar, events and public spaces at the property, with the aim of introducing a stylish and affordable destination hotel, café and restaurant offering to Dorking for the first time.
Following the property’s closure on July 17th, the dining and events spaces are set to be entirely re-designed, with the current total of guest-rooms expanded from 41 to 57. Interior design will be overseen by Squid Inc, who recently worked alongside Bespoke on the opening of Manchester’s award-winning Hotel Gotham in 2015, with the aim of significantly transforming the culinary offering by expanding the property’s dining space and placing a renewed emphasis on local and freshly-prepared produce, available both to takeaway and dine-in.
“We are delighted to be able to commit so substantially to the reimagining of The White Horse”, commented Graham Marskell, Managing Director – Operations of Bespoke Hotels. “Bespoke Hotels and our creative partners will be overseeing a complete overhaul of both the accommodation and culinary sides of the business, with a view to re-establishing it as one of the region’s foremost foodie destinations.”
Bespoke Hotels has been appointed to manage Warwickshire’s Billesley Manor Hotel, completing a unique milestone for the group, which first took ownership of the historic 16th century estate in 1999 before its sale in 2005 following a period of outstanding performance.
Set amidst 11 acres of grounds, just a short drive from the world-famous site of Stratford-Upon-Avon, in the heart of Shakespearean England, Billesley Manor is a stunning 16th century manor house boasting 72 bedrooms, an AA-Rosette awarded restaurant, as well as a health club, swimming pool, tennis courts and wedding facilities.
A Grade II listed building steeped in history, the property is referenced in the Domesday Book and features an 11th century church within it grounds, as well as a Topiary Garden and a library said to have been frequented by William Shakespeare himself.
“We are delighted to be returning to Warwickshire and resuming our relationship with Billesley Manor”, stated Haydn Fentum, CEO of Bespoke Hotels. “Having overseen our initial purchase of the property some two decades ago, it is a great source of pride to have been invited back to the helm and we are looking forward to working alongside the new owners.”
So you’ve set the date, carefully selected and invited your guests, based on what type of evening – informal, networking, bibulous, artistic, literary, political, matchmaking, or just the simple pleasure of entertaining friends – you have in mind. You’ve run a mental check to ensure that there are no interpersonal reasons such as rocky relationships or naked animosity to prevent this group of people from enjoying each other’s company. Your guests have accepted your invitation, so you know how many you’ll be catering for.
You’ve checked the dining table for wear and tear and decided that it will pass muster. You’ve run a stocktake on cutlery and crockery and made a mental note to make sure you and your partner get the chipped plates and the non-matching fork. You’ve thought about booking a babysitter, then decided it really isn’t worth the hassle and that good old-fashioned bribery should be enough to preserve a modicum of good behaviour for one evening at least.
Now for the biggest decision of all: the food you’ll be serving. That’s where Bespoke Take 3 comes in…
Within the pages of Bespoke’s debut cookery book you’ll find not just inspirational ideas for three courses from some of the most exciting professional chefs in the country, but you’ll also benefit from their thoughts on aspects of their trade and how these translate to the home kitchen, as well as recommendations for drink pairings.
So unless you live in a 70s sitcom and are entertaining the boss, nothing can now stand in the way of one of the most enjoyable of all social institutions: an evening illuminated by a flow of wit and reason lubricated by judicious applications of the grape, and for you the never-failing satisfaction and joy offered by serving your guests delicious, appealing, imaginative and memorable food.
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