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Ready to take a BITE?

The BITE 2013 Festival, which runs from 27th January to 2nd February 2013, will feature events with some of the UK’s most exciting chefs, and will be hosted at our two properties in Chipping Campden – The Cotswold House Hotel and its sister property across the square The Noel Arms/

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BITE are delighted to announce that BBC Masterchef 2009 winner and Chef/Proprietor of The Wild Garlic, Beaminster MAT FOLLAS will be the Guest Chef for the Dinner with Glenfiddich on Wednesday 30th January.

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Download the full programme of events here.

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The event has attracted plenty of media coverage, including The Independent, which featured Prue Leith, who will be discussing her autobiography at the Festival; The Telegraph Travel section; Good Housekeeping magazine with an offer to win VIP tickets and Grazia magazine.

The week long celebration of great food, superb drinks and culinary excellence will feature Gregg Wallace,Prue Leith, Mat Follas, Simon Hulstone, Alastair Sawday, Damian Allsop, The Urban Rajah, The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Adam Byatt, Charles Metcalfe and our very own Indunil Upatissa.

We are also delighted to be working with the writer and broadcaster Henrietta Green who is widely regarded as Britain’s leading expert on speciality food and drink.

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25 January is Burns Night

So where better to celebrate it than at a hotel which not only has a collection of nearly 700 whiskies, but is impossible to pronounce without sounding like you’ve just stepped off the set of Brigadoon. The Craigellachie Hotel has a Quaich Bar (recently featured in the Financial Times), a Ben Aigan restaurant, Speyside views and a nearby castle called Ballindaloch – try repeating those without lapsing into an ‘och’ here and ‘aye’ there!

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Burns Night is, of course, a celebration of the life of the Scottish poet Robert Burns author of Auld Lang Syne. South of the border, most of us are familiar with his poem only to the extent of slurring through a repetition of the chorus, ‘Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind, should old acquaintance be forgot, for ooooold laaaaang zine’ as a New Year’s eve of drinking takes its toll and we tell people we’ve never met before and we’ll never see again how much we love them.

So here, just in case you should need it on 25 January, are the words to Auld Lang Syne in full. If you don’t make it to the Craigellachie, well, just fill your glass with ‘usquebaugh’ (the water of life) and sing this in your best Billy Connolly accent:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I’ll be mine,
And we’ll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

 

Haydn Fentum talks 2012/13

Haydn-Fentum-CEO-close-upHaydn Fentum, Chief Executive of Bespoke Hotels discussed the group’s success in 2012 and prospects for 2013 in this interview with Hospitality and Catering News, January 2013 edition (read the full article here) following the news that Bespoke Hotels had taken on management of the 34 hotels of Oxford Hotels and Inns. Bespoke Hotels now has a significant national presence across the UK following this expansion of the portfolio to 97 properties worldwide.

Flagship hotels that joined last year include the Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Elemis Spa, host to The Open Championship 2007; The Lugger Hotel in Port Loe, Cornwall, voted by the Sunday Times as the best new seaside hotel in the world; and the award winning Craigellachie Hotel with its AA rosette restaurant and world renowned Quaich Bar, boasting 700 different Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.