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The Talbot Reopens Following Extensive Refurbishment Works

Following substantial refurbishment works and a star-studded launch event, The Talbot has reopened its doors in the heart of Ripley, breathing new life into this historic Surrey coaching inn, which has played host to everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton during its 250-year history.

Bespoke Hotels - The Talbot
Bespoke Hotels – The Talbot

Having benefited from a £1 million investment, encompassing soft enhancements to the bedrooms and suites, the restaurant and bar areas, as well as the property’s substantial events and wedding facilities, The Talbot sees itself reinvigorated and ready to make its mark in the South East once again.

The addition of the renowned Michelin Starred figure of Martin Blunos to the role of Executive Chef has also helped to transform the Talbot’s culinary offering, with a brand new menu comprising modern flourishes alongside time-honoured British favourites, with an emphasis on versatility and locally sourced produce.

Bespoke Hotels - The Talbot
Bespoke Hotels – The Talbot

“The Talbot has always been a property brimming with personality”, said Graham Marskell, Managing Director of Bespoke Hotels. “We are delighted to have been able to bring out this unique character through a schedule of extensive refurbishment works, as well as an exciting new menu and dynamic team. We at Bespoke are looking forward to re-establishing the property both on a local and national level.”

Bespoke Hotels and Criterion Capital to Unveil Properties Across London

Bespoke Hotels has announced its agreement with Criterion Capital to operate a number of properties across London, scheduled to open in the final quarter of 2016 and throughout 2017.

The inaugural property will be an 86-bedroom MGallery, London, Leicester Square, situated on the North side of Leicester Square and set to open in late 2016. This will be followed by further sites in Leicester Square, Piccadilly and Greenwich.

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“We are delighted to unveil the signing of contracts to open these extraordinarily well-located hotels, as well as to have the opportunity to engage with the outstanding team at Criterion Capital,” said Robin Sheppard, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels.

Michael North, Head of Hotels at Criterion Capital, added: “This is a significant strategic investment for Criterion Capital, with a series of hotels scheduled to open in rapid succession across London. We have been working with Bespoke Hotels for several months and are delighted to have secured their managerial expertise.”

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Thomas Dubaere, Managing Director of Accor Hotels UK & Ireland, said: “MGallery Leicester Square will be a landmark upscale boutique hotel in a heritage site in the heart of London. Strong organic franchise growth is one of our strategic priorities in the UK and we’re delighted to be working with such strong partners as Criterion Capital and Bespoke.”

A City Break in Manchester

A city break in Manchester is well worth, given it is one the most vibrant and varied cities in the UK. Whether you want shopping, culture or sport, you’ll find plenty within close reach of most Manchester hotels.

Culture in a City Break in Manchester

The city’s splendid architecture ranges from the iconic Town Hall to the beautiful St Mary’s Catholic church, known to locals as a hidden gem. There’s a wide range of museums, too, from the Manchester Art Gallery to the Museum of Science & Industry.

Manchester has traditionally been second only to London for theatre, and your city break can take in a trip to the Royal Exchange, the Opera House and many more stages. You can also visit iconic sites connected with Manchester’s television industry, from Media City to a tour of Coronation Street and the Rovers Return itself

City Break Manchester Hotel Gotham Honey Restaurant

Music and Nightlife in Manchester

While the heady days of “Madchester” are gone, the city still offers plenty of music venues, from the vast Manchester Arena to the legendary Roadhouse. Manchester’s rich nightlife ranges from the sophistication of the Cloud 23 bar to clubbing at Gorilla, or the vibrant, varied bars of the Northern Quarter. There’s excellent nightlife within easy reach of the Hotel Gotham for example as well as its own Club Brass where you’ll have membership for the duration of your stay.

Shopping in Manchester

Manchester has all the major shops you’d expect, but it’s also rich in specialist and boutique shops. The Arndale, the Trafford Centre and the Lowry Outlet Mall leave you spoilt for choice, while Afflecks offer quirky, independent fashion stores. The best area, though, for independent shops is the Northern Quarter, offering everything from crafts and design to classic vinyl records and world famous upmarket brands, such as Vivienne Westwood and Hermes.

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Sport in Manchester

Many visitors to Manchester undoubtedly come for a trip to either Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium, depending on their preferences, but the football fan can also enjoy the National Football Museum. Old Trafford is also the home of Lancashire Cricket Club and has hosted memorable Test Matches, while the Manchester Velodrome is Britain’s earliest indoor Olympic cycling track.

Eating Out in Manchester

You can find whatever type of restaurant you’re looking for in a city break in Manchester, whether it’s The French by Simon Rogan, with two Michelin Stars, the 2 AA rosette Honey Restaurant at Hotel Gotham or the informality of Northern Soul Grilled Cheese. You can also find almost any ethnic food you might want, and Manchester’s Chinatown, reputedly the biggest in Europe, is well worth a visit.

If you want to stop off for lunch or afternoon tea, Manchester is well supplied with first-rate cafés — Moose Coffee and Home Sweet Home are both excellent choices.

City Break Manchester View

This has only scratched the surface — Manchester’s attraction for a city break range from parks to trips on the Manchester Ship Canal. And the city’s Metrolink tram system can take you anywhere and back to your Manchester hotels for just £5 a day.

So why not book your city break using the Hotel Gotham as your base by following this link to find out availability and some great rates!

Discovering Kerala Hotels with the Bespoke India Portfolio

Described by Lonely Planet as a ‘tropical symphony’, our Kerala hotels are in a coastal state in India’s deep south, characterised by its layered landscape and nearly 600km of coastline and beaches

With spice and tea covered hills the area is everything that the storybooks would have you believe – a soul quenching, fantastical part of the world, built for myths, legends and fulfilling travel and discovery.  Kerala in particular is known as home to wild elephants, exotic birds and even tigers, while it’s also rich with tradition and temple festivals overflowing with the kind of characterful energy that gives even its smallest villages a palpable buzz.

Kerala Hotels

Key amongst Kerala’s recommended experiences are those showcasing its wildlife and history at their best – the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Mattancherry Palace, Pardesi Synagogue, and the Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary.  However, the Kerala hotels that you stay in also have the capacity to shape your experience and really give an insight into the hospitality and culture of the region.

The enticingly named Elephant Court, for example, is an ecological hotel in a 100-acre nature reserve and organic farm.  Rather than rooms, guests stay in one of 20 bungalows nestled into the Palni Hills, surrounded by one of the most important biodiversity spots on the planet.  As the name suggests, the hotel is close to the town of Kodaikanal, which is famed as an old elephant migration route and now extends into the wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala.  Meanwhile, the bungalows themselves are all unique, from the three-bedroom Peninsular Room, to the Tree House which is held aloft by a 100-year old Sizigium Cumini tree. So you can see how this particular hotel is an all encompassing experience in its own right.

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Alternatively, Poovar Island Resort is an altogether more luxurious affair – a small village made of 78 land-based and floating villas surrounded by 25 acres of verdant green coconut gardens. The hotel has its own Ayurvedic Village – otherwise known as a wellness centre – that’s a spectacular 6,000 square feet of medicinal herbs and wellbeing based on ancient practices.  Meanwhile, there’s also a swimming pool, sunken bar, private beach, and all the trimmings that go with a decadent exotic holiday – one of the range of different Kerala hotels.

Showcasing the romantic diversity of this part of India, other hotels in the Bespoke India Portfolio, range from The Highland Heritage homestay hotel in Goa – featuring its own antique hand-crafted furniture – to the contemporary 14-bedroom boutique hotel The Richmond in the French Quarter of Pondicherry.  All are an indication of how you can experience multiple facets of Kerala and its history through its different locations and hotels.

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A particular favourite of ours, however, has to be Destiny Farm Stay.  Set in the pristine, untouched valley of Avalanchi, this is a real wildlife adventure resort.  Here the views are of the hills and lake, while the hotel and farm operate on eco-friendly, self-sufficient methods, while producing their own fruit, coffee, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  It’s a nature lover’s paradise, but without losing that special sense of luxury, thanks to spa treatments, beautiful design, and incredible panoramas.  No wonder that it’s a popular hotel for weddings as well as those simply wanting to escape – India, and Kerala in particular, is an impossible place not to fall in love with.

Whichever one of our Kerala hotels takes your fancy follow the link to check availability, best rates and to book >>>>