Category: United Kingdom

Kinmel Hall in North Wales - Wales' next luxury hotel?

Kinmel Hall in North Wales - Wales' next luxury hotel?

Rumour has it that Kinmel Hall  near Abergele, North Wales, could become a luxury 5-star hotel. However, the buyers will have to get any plans approved by Conwy County Borough Council first since the building only has permission for use as a Christian conference centre right now – the purpose it was bought for over
Lasagne given the OK at Marriott West India Quay

Lasagne given the OK at Marriott West India Quay

London’s  Marriott West India Quay found itself in the most unlikely of situations recently after hosting the English Premier League soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur, prior to their last game of the season.    Many of the Spurs players were hit with a virus just before the game,  enabling rivals  Arsenal to ‘pip them at the
One of Europe's largest luxury airport hotels

One of Europe's largest luxury airport hotels

London Heathrow’s new Terminal 5 will have just one hotel. The Sofitel London Heathrow  will be  a £180-million, 600-bed luxury airport hotel and convention centre. It is due to open in March 2008 and will have excellent business facilities, with 30 meeting rooms, a lecture theatre for 150 people, and  the ability to accommodate 1500
New website for Greywalls in East Lothian, Scotland

New website for Greywalls in East Lothian, Scotland

Greywalls, a country hotel at Muirfield in East Lothian, opened for the 2006 season in March, slightly earlier than normal.   And to co-incide with their opening, they announced the launch of the new Greywalls website.   The site has a simple design, with nothing too fancy, consistent with the ambience of this stylish property.

Five-star hotel renovation in Hove given unexpected setback

The owners of a seafront hotel in Hove, near Brighton, East Sussex have vowed to continue with the £5 million renovation project currently in progress, despite the middle section of the hotel caving in without warning on Friday night. After an inspection on  yesterday, engineers said the Sackville Hotel was safe and would not fall
Win a stay at Wales' Ynyshir Hall

Win a stay at Wales' Ynyshir Hall

Ynyshir Hall is an exceptional Relais & Chateaux hotel set in the heart of Wales. Once owned by Queen Victoria, this building is set in 14 acres of beautiful gardens.  Its past accolades include AA Hotel of the Year for Wales, 3 AA red stars, 4 AA rosettes for food (making them among the top
Northern Hospitality Awards 2006 winners

Northern Hospitality Awards 2006 winners

The winners of the first ever Northern Hospitality Awards were revealed last month.   These awards celebrate the successful hospitality businesses and people in the North of England.   The winners are Anthony’s in Leeds (Best Restaurant), Andrew Pern of The Star at Harome (Best Chef), Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere
Silk tie and iPod holder from Thomas Pink

Silk tie and iPod holder from Thomas Pink

London-based clothing company Thomas Pink are selling an ingenious tie with a neatly concealed iPod holder. In addition to the holder, the Cravatta iPod silk tie has a special loop to keep iPod wires under control.   It retails for $85.
Beetham Tower in Manchester, UK, completed

Beetham Tower in Manchester, UK, completed

Soaring 171m above ground level, Manchester’s Beetham Tower is now officially the UK’s tallest residential building. The project was completed yesterday and celebrated with a breathtaking firework display which could be seen for miles around. The first 23 storeys of the building will house a 5-star 285-bed Hilton Hotel due to open at the end
Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year

Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year

The Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year 2006 award has been won by Claire Thevenot of the Hotel du Vin et Bistro, Winchester. Claire is the first woman to have won the title, presented by President of Champagne Ruinart, Bernard Peillon. Nicolas Clerc, of the Milestone Hotel, London, came second, and Jean-Marie Pratt of Le
Cheese on toast?  That'll be  £345, please

Cheese on toast? That'll be £345, please

I bet you didn’t know but it’s the first ever National Cheese on Toast Day tomorrow.   And, in a bid to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, Lancashire chef Tom Bridge has come up with a variation on the classic dish… at a staggering £345 per slice. But this is no ordinary slice of
The Lake District gets the nod from Renée Zellweger

The Lake District gets the nod from Renée Zellweger

It’s not every day that Hollywood stars descend on where I live.   But right now, Renée  Zellweger and around 20 trucks, trailers and film crew vans are just down the road, filming around the village of Grasmere (supposedly on National Trust property, but  the exact location is being kept under wraps) in the English
Vine dining with Malmaison

Vine dining with Malmaison

Lick your lips and savour Sundays. From the foothills of the Andes to the top of the Australian wine tree, these Malmaison vine dining evenings will take your palates on a tour of the wine world. Meet the personalities behind the labels. Discover why the wines, and the winemakers have earned their reputations. Drink it
McDonald sandwich - the world's most expensive sandwich?

McDonald sandwich - the world's most expensive sandwich?

Despite the name, this sandwich doesn’t come with Coke and fries.   Rather than being of golden arches fame, the McDonald sandwich is named after Scott McDonald,  a chef at the London department store Selfridges. And, at £85, it probably wouldn’t be considered as cheap fast food! In a bid to justify the price tag,
London suite for  £150 per person per night

London suite for £150 per person per night

Treat yourself and your partner to an indulgent night out in London in a one bedroom suite on 2 floors.   in natural calming surroundings of your beautiful suite featuring a king-size bed, a downstairs lounge, television, individual air-conditioning and a fully stocked mini-bar. A  complimentary bottle of wine and a box of chocolates will
Andrews on the Weir

Andrews on the Weir

Attention all foodies. Experience a 3-rosette restaurant where you can feast your eyes on the seascapes of Porlock Weir. Savour the finest Exmoor meat, game, fish and local produce prepared by top chef Andrew Dixon, at Andrews on the Weir near Minehead. The wine list is world-class, the welcome, pure Exmoor.