Bespoke Hotels Presents: Take 3

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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

Click here to take a sneaky peak inside, and to order your copy today!

Bespoke Hotels has launched a new award to champion more stylish guestroom design for disabled travellers. The UK-based group, which operates properties such as Hotel Gotham in Manchester and My Hotels in Bloomsbury, Chelsea and Brighton, has teamed up with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for the inaugural Bespoke Access Awards.

Comprising three strands – architecture, product design and service design – there is a total prize fund of £30,000, with judges including Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson and architect Sir Alan Stanton.

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Robin Sheppard, chairman of Bespoke Hotels, and Paul Vaughan, Bespoke Access Awards project director, explained to Business Traveller why hoteliers needed to provide a more inclusive experience for disabled guests, who were all too often subjected to “joyless”, hospital-like rooms.

“A disabled room shouldn’t feel like a downgrade – they should be something to be enjoyed,” Vaughan said. “If we can make a 1 per cent difference, that will be a significant achievement in getting people to feel differently.”

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It’s something that Sheppard has personal experience of, having previously suffered from the debilitating Guillain-Barré syndrome. “Ideally these should be the ‘champagne supernova’ rooms that give even more delight – that feel like an upgrade,” he said.

He added that he hoped the initiative would help the issue to gather momentum in the wider industry.

Entries were received from around the world, including as far afield as Hong Kong, Russia, and the USA. Winners to be announced on December 1.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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