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Deliveroo Partners Up with Judes and Oppo To Give Away Thousands Of Ice Creams To the Hottest Spot In The UK

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Deliveroo Soft-Serves Up Central Line Cool Down 

This Thursday 25th July 2019, to celebrate and combat the hotter-than-hell heatwave sweeping the nation, Deliveroo is teaming up with Judes and Oppo to offer Londoners thousands of free ice creams in the hottest spot in the capital (no not the hipster capital of Shoreditch) the sweat-inducing Central Line. 

Deliveroo riders will be swooping in at some of the busiest points on the Central Line to give away some much-needed cooling ice cream. The red hot Central Line is notorious for its relentless heat, turning suited and booted commuters into human-shaped puddles in a matter of seconds. Temperatures on the tube line are expected to exceed that of 30 degrees, which EU law states is the threshold for herding cattle around. 

Deliveroo is expecting orders of ice cream to boom before the weekend. 

Joe Groves at Deliveroo said: “No one embraces summer quite like us Brits, from burnt-to-a-crisp BBQs, endless park pursuits and lobster tans galore. But Londoners face something worse than a simple farmers tan, the central line! So this Thursday as the mercury begins to burst we’ll be handing out delicious Judes and Oppo Ice Cream across the hottest tube line in London.” 

Deliveroo riders will be swooping in to save the day at 12pm at Bank, Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street stations. Sweltering Brits unable to get their hands on the free ice cream can pick theirs up from Jude’s store on Deliveroo – no need to brave the sun!!! 


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Ten Golden Rules for a Girls’ Night Out

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Phone amnesty, next day social sharing and other etiquette tips

With new research highlighting the challenges of organising a night out, premium gin-maker Pinkster and etiquette authority Debrett’s have produced a modern manual for ensuring stress-free evenings.

The Girls’ Guide To Having Fun (In an Orderly Fashion) identifies the top ten party pitfalls and provides advice on how to avoid them. 

Its publication follows a YouGov survey commissioned by Pinkster, showing that 83% of British women aged 25-55 admit its stressful arranging a group night out. Nearly two thirds (63%) cited finding a date that suits everyone as the most common cause of stress, followed by getting friends to actually commit to the evening (46%).

People constantly on their phones (28%), friends suggesting somewhere too expensive (27%), and disputes over the bill (26%), were revealed as the biggest annoyances on the night itself, together with embarrassing photos being uploaded on social media (20%), too many selfies being taken (15%), and pals bragging about their children (14%).

Will Holt, director of Pinkster Gin, said: “We might be communicating with each other more than ever, but actually corralling and controlling a group of friends seems to be a minefield of social dilemmas.

 “In a sign of the times, our research showed that the biggest bugbear on an evening out is friends being glued to their phones, ahead of disputes over splitting the bill.

 “As the pink gin pioneer, we’ve fuelled many a girl’s night out and hopefully our practical tips will help ensure that your next get-together is the spirited success it deserves to be.”

Renée Kuo, managing director of Debrett’s said: “The Pinkster poll reveals that arranging a night out with friends can be fraught with challenges and that far from improving communication, our digital devices often hinder it instead. 

 “We were delighted to work with Pinkster on this new ten-point guide, which offers advice for overcoming a range of etiquette obstacles, including  a meandering WhatsApp group, friends paying more attention to their phones than the conversation, and an unwelcome exposé of the night’s events on social media.  This all goes to show that etiquette is as relevant now as it’s ever been.”

 The guide light-heartedly highlights ten scenarios and how to tackle them:

1. The WhatsApp Planning Committee 

 Go bold with dates and venues, and spare anyone who couldn’t make the evening a running commentary.

2. The Contagious Phone-Reach 

Agree a phone amnesty with devices out of sight at least for the meal, if not the whole evening.

3. The Unsplittable Bill 

4. The Not-So Humble Brag 

If you know certain pals are watching their spending, offer to knock a bit of their share, they can always turn you down if they prefer to keep it equal.

Tempting as it may be to engage in one-upmanship if someone starts waxing lyrical about her eldest’s glittering SAT results, simply smile and offer your congratulations.

There are two approaches to unexpected organised fun: embrace the spontaneity and get stuck in or leave fast.

5. The Surprise Karaoke Bomb 

6. The Selfie Obsessive 

Assuming the phone embargo has been lifted (or roundly ignored), pool pictures on group chat but hold back on sharing on social media until you’ve all okayed then in the clear light of day.

7. The Self-Imposed Curfew 

8. The Taxi Overshare 

Padding your expected return by a couple of hours will preserve domestic harmony and may prove a useful buffer when the Grease Megamix comes on for the second time.

9. The Indiscreet Entrance 

Preserve your 4.6 star Uber rating by remembering some useful courtesies: try not to keep your driver waiting, respect the environment of the taxi (no toxic takeaways) and don’t treat it like a mobile DJ booth with ever-changing music requests.

When returning home, do some damage control and let sleeping children, partners and flatmates lie by switching your phone to silent and removing noisy high heels.

10. The ‘Home Safe’ Promise 

If you promise to touch base when you get home, don’t leave it until the following day after a leisurely lie-in and a hearty breakfast. 

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POW [Power of Wellness] Food has partnered with City Harvest London to help feed those in need and increase the awareness surrounding the sustainability of food surplus in the capital.

Family-run POW Food wants to encourage its customers to help make an impact without the red tape. 

POW Food founded by London based mother and daughter duo Alison and Emily Warburton want to encourage their customers to help make an impact to a social issue they hold dear to their hearts, with their Meal for a Meal initiative with City Harvest London.

Creating POW Foods back in early 2018, the Warburtons wanted to educate and inspire a tired generation to the power of wellness, through the use of good food. Co-founder Alison, who has a wealth of over 25 years in the catering and corporate industry understood just how important it is to incorporate wellness into the workplace. Partnering with her daughter Emily they saw just how damaging a poor diet can be on the physical, social, financial and psychological side for not only the employee but the entire business. 

Fuelled by this untapped consumer need for nutritious yet delicious workplace meals, POW Food, complete with a dedicated team of nutritionists was born. Since their arrival they have begun to revolutionise workplace nutrition; secured some of the biggest corporate names under their belt including: Omnicom, Lazard’s, AirBnB and WeWork London. 

Believing in transparency, ethical sourcing and showcasing superior organic food, oils and super boosters, POW Food is on a mission to put nutrition at the heart of their consumers. This hunger for providing people with responsibly sourced, sustainable and zero waste meals can be seen reflected in their brand-new partnership with City Harvest London and their Meal for a Meal Initiative, whose synergies align and launched earlier this month. For every POW Food meal sold over £7.50 retail, POW Food will donate a percentage of each sale to City Harvest London. 

City Harvest currently works with over 300 community programs and 130 food donors across the city. With POW Food’s donation, enabled by their consumers, City Harvest will be able to ensure surplus food is collected, stored and distributed, in time, and to those that need it the most. A recent study by the charity showed that for every £1 invested into City Harvest results in £8.10 delivered in social impact value and every donation from POW Food allows City Harvest the ability to transform the donated food into an accessible meal. 

Speaking out at its launch, Alison Warburton, founder of POW Foods commented: “We are thrilled to be working with City Harvest London, with the help of our clients we can make a direct impact on London’s homeless and food sustainability issues through their Meal for a Meal initiative. Our donations to City Harvest helps provide transportation and staff to collect and deliver donated food to those who need it most.”

“We know how complicated and diluted working with charities can be” co-founder Emily states. “City Harvest London offers a simple honest solution that our customers can understand and want to be a part off. Being a part of the Meal for a Meal programme doesn’t affect our sale prices, so does not directly impact the customer. Instead, it allows us to donate on their behalf. They get to make a huge impact just by facilitating the transaction.” 

Laura Winningham, CEO of City Harvest London states that “We couldn’t be happier to have POW Food onboard – their ethos and passion aligns with our own and are thrilled to welcome them to the family. The donations made from POW Food will help us, help those in need, as well as ensure more people are becoming aware of the work we are doing across the city to curb hunger and reduce food waste”.

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The Dorchester appoints youngest ever Head Chef of The Grill at The Dorchester – Tom Booton

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Dorchester Collection’s iconic British hotel, The Dorchester, appoints 26-year-old Essex- born Tom Booton as head chef of The Grill at The Dorchester.

The youngest head chef in the restaurant’s 88 year history, Tom’s arrival marks the next chapter for The Grill at The Dorchester under the direction of fresh talent. Over the coming months Tom will be behind the scenes, making way to put his own stamp on the legendary dining room and its menus, with the unveiling anticipated for early October. More details to follow.

One of London’s finest young chefs, Tom joins from his role as head chef at Michelin-starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury. Beginning his career at the age of 15, Tom’s talent saw him ascend the ranks at leading restaurants including: Le Talbooth; L’Autre Pied and Dabbous.

Regional Director UK & General Manager of The Dorchester, Robert Whitfield comments: “Tom Booton’s talent and energy provide a formidable match in re-affirming The Grill at The Dorchester’s position as a leading London dining classic. 2019 marks a new culinary chapter for The Dorchester, with the recent appointment of Stefan Trepp, our first executive chef in twenty years, and this autumn’s re-launch of The Grill under Tom’s watch.”

Joining in this new chapter of The Grill at The Dorchester, Kieran McLoughlin has been appointed as general manager, joining from Hide restaurant this August, and Adam Nevin has joined to support Tom in kitchen as sous chef.

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Island Love Brunch – Skylight Rooftop, Sunday 4th August

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100% your type of party on paper

Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock has partnered with Impossible Things Entertainment to bring the ultimate themed brunch to East London on Sunday 4th August where guests can celebrate the finale of yet another dramatic season at London’s coolest roof top venue.

Guests will dive into an afternoon of Love Island entertainment including summer club anthems, live performances and plenty of games inspired by the hit TV show. Think themed lip syncing, caption games, singalongs, audio quizzes and even a drag version of Caroline Flack… 

Island Love Brunch is located at Skylight Rooftop, which is famous for its panoramic and uninterrupted views across the city’s skyline. Its unique urban lawn game and bar offering means that it has become one of London’s favourite summer hot spots. 

Bringing a wonderland of creative entertainment to London, Impossible Things Entertainment develop original and exciting mixes of live music, from musical theatre to pop, party games, circus acts and singalongs. They have bought Londoners the hits Spice up your brunch and It’s Britney, Brunch! including many moreand now, Island Love Brunch.

Three ticket types are available (ticket only, + bottomless prosecco and + bottomless prosecco and brunch). Guests are able to stay on after the brunch to enjoy Skylight’s rooftop, lawn games and tables are available to book separately. 

Sunday 4th August 12:00 – 15:00

Tickets – £10 – £45

Over 18

Dress code: Summer island vibes

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All Kinds of Ideas for an Evening with Music in Las Vegas

As the saying goes, what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas. But sometimes, you can’t help but want to tell others what wonderful time you had there, especially if we’re talking about great music experiences. Because if you think this popular city in Nevada and the famous Strip are not for those kinds of events, you’d be wrong.

While the gaming business might be the core of operations around here, there is room for all types of entertainment that make for a rich and exciting nightlife. Suffice to say, the abundance of music venues, clubs, pubs and bars as well as other dancing places you can spend an evening on partying with your friends should keep you occupied during your stay. To name a few, you can visit the Marquee, LIGHT, Surrender, Hakkasan, The Joint or OMNIA, which has a patio overlooking the Strip.

It is true that Sin City’s number one attraction is real money wagering and all that comes with it, but these are the things a lot of people come here to do. That doesn’t mean the gaming establishments focus entirely on them. Most of the casinos are within luxurious hotels, which have plenty of side activities to offer, including live music shows and performances. You might remember the old times when there were unforgettable acts by Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra for which it was always known. But nowadays, crowds gather around the Vegas scene for some excellent concerts, too, and they usually don’t come out disappointed. The best venues for such occasions include Caesars Palace’s Colosseum or the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The latter is one of the best casino resorts on the Strip and home of the famous World Series of Poker. If you are ever around, you might also want to try some of the exceptional dishes available in the hotel’s restaurant and bars. Then there are places specially designed for hosting huge musical events and suchlike occurrences. Some of the top venues would be the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Brooklyn Bowl, House of Blues and T-Mobile Arena, which opened in 2016 and started to hold hockey games later on for the NHL team, the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Sainsbury’s is supporting the deaf and hard of hearing community this weekend (18-21 July) by launching the world’s first signing store, as part of its 150 Days of Community initiative

Sainsbury’s Bath Superstore has been renamed Signsbury’s and is kitted out with visual guides and screens to help customers sign with Sainsbury’s colleagues

Colleagues have been taught key words and phrases in British Sign Language (BSL) by local school ‘I Can Sign’ – supported by Sam Book, a Sainsbury’s colleague who is deaf and Rachel Shenton, The Academy Award-winning actress who famously signed her 2018 acceptance speech

Helpful video guides that demonstrate how to sign key words and phrases have been shared with Sainsbury’s colleagues across the UK

Sainsbury’s has today unveiled the UK’s first signing store in Bath, as part of its 150 Days of Community initiative.

The iconic sign above the superstore’s door changed to Signsbury’s overnight, in a move to celebrate community inclusivity and encourage all colleagues and customers to sign with one another.

This follows over a hundred colleagues in the store taking part in British Sign Language (BSL) lessons, delivered by local signing school I Can Sign. The lessons were supported by a colleague who is deaf, Sam Book and Rachel Shenton, the Oscar winning screenwriter who famously signed her 2018 acceptance speech.

Signsbury’s will be open for four days from the 18 – 21 July and will see colleagues sign several common words and phrases when interacting with customers – from greeting them at the door, asking if they have a Nectar Card to even discussing the weather. 

Elsewhere in the store, helpful screens have also been installed which demonstrate how to sign different words and phrases, including ‘milk’, ‘trolley’ and ‘bananas’, with the hope to encourage customers to get involved in the initiative and walk away from store with some newly learned phrases in sign language.

What’s more, children will be able to Sign for a Snack: upon mastering how to sign basic words, they will be given a free fruit snack.

The move comes as part of Sainsbury’s 150 Days of Community scheme, launched as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations. The initiative sees its 185,000 colleagues across the UK given the opportunity to volunteer for a cause they feel passionately about in their local community.

When store manager Paul Robertson and his team, including deaf colleague Sam Book, heard about the initiative, they suggested making the Bath store more deaf-friendly to help the deaf and hard of hearing community – and so Signsbury’s was born.

It is estimated that around 11 million people in the UK live with hearing loss– approximately 35,000 of whom live in Bath*. It is hoped that this initiative will help to encourage better communication with those who are hard of hearing by creating a supportive environment for both colleagues and the local community.

Sainsbury’s has long been committed to being the most inclusive retailer and helping to support all colleagues and customers in their shopping experience. Three years ago the retailer launched the 2016 film ‘Life Doesn’t Come Without Subtitles’ to teach colleagues and the public how to sign.

Tim Fallowfield, Company Secretary & Corporate Services Director for Sainsbury’s, is Board Sponsor for Disability and Carers across Sainsbury’s and Argos. He said:

“We’re really excited to be launching this Signsbury’s initiative at our store in Bath. We want to be the most inclusive retailer where people love to work and shop and it’s really important to us that we support both customers and colleagues with hearing difficulties to feel as comfortable as possible in our stores wherever we can.

“We’re really proud of Paul and the team at Bath who thought up this wonderful idea as part of our 150 Days of Community celebrations.”

Paul Robertson, Store Manager, at Sainsbury’s said:

When I heard about our 150 Days of Community scheme, I thought it was the perfect time to use the opportunity to explore new ways to make our store more deaf-friendly. We have many hard of hearing customers in Bath and always want to make their experience as brilliant as possible, and we hope Signsbury’s will help better their time in store even more.”

Rachel Shenton, ambassador of National Deaf Children’s Society said “This is a fantastic initiative to be involved in. It’s been brilliant to see the colleagues of Sainsbury’s be so engaged in the idea and it’s a great step towards inclusivity for the deaf community. This feels like the start of something exciting and I hope it encourages more people to get involved”.

The public and Sainsbury’s colleagues from across the country can get involved by learning key phrases used by Rachel Shenton and Sainsbury’s colleague Sam Book in a series of helpful videos, which can be viewed here The training is a skill for life that colleagues can use in everyday life.

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Pasta Remoli is Opening in Wembley Park this August

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Simone Remoli, Chef and Founder of Pasta Remoli together with co-founders Francesca Tarquini and Stefano Anfussi will be opening a new restaurant in Wembley Park, making it the fourth Pasta Remoli for the popular London-based casual dining fresh pasta group.

The new site just steps away from Wembley Stadium will offer guests the high quality, homemade pasta in a fast-casual environment that Pasta Remoli customers enjoy so much.

“What a location! We are right next to the iconic Wembley Stadium which means that concert days and football matches will attract thousands of people to our site.  We are thrilled to be part of the substantial revitalisation of the area and are surrounded by great bars, shops and restaurants so we’re in fantastic company.”

The beautiful, new, glass-fronted site is 100sqm inside, seating 50, and has an outside seating area of 75sqm.

The stylish contemporary interior of the new Pasta Remoli Wembley Park is designed for local residents, businesspeople, students, concert goers and football fans to eat great food quickly and comfortably with facilities for take-out and delivery.

The casual dining group offers homemade, traditional pasta dishes in a quick, affordable and authentic way, based on its unique concept where diners can choose their pasta, choose their sauce and then choose their cheese. Inspired by a love for authentic Italian ingredients, Pasta Remoli, often described as serving some of the best pasta dishes in London, will also offer a weekly-changing seasonal special, homemade breads, cakes and desserts.

Simone Remoli has said that the new opening is the next stage in the development of the Pasta Remoli brand and offering.  “We are gearing up for strong but gradual growth over the next five years, within London, and potentially elsewhere in the UK,” says Remoli.

“What’s important for us is that we maintain a quality experience for our diners, and that we stay true to our ethos – authenticity, quality, and very much doing things our way.  It is very important for us that we control our growth plans without having to compromise in order to meet expectations of outside investors,” continues Remoli.

Pasta Remoli currently has locations in Finsbury Park in North London, Westfield Stratford in East London and Ealing in West London.

Pasta Remoli Wembley Park

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One year on: Employees at M Restaurants report positive change since the introduction of the M-indful Days initiative

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75% of staff have seen a marked improvement to their well-being since the M-indful Days Initiative was implemented

83% of staff also reported that they are more productive at work thanks to the additional M-indful Days holiday allowance

In July 2018, M Restaurant’s Operations Director, Andre Mannini, was determined to improve mental wellbeing within the company and help counterbalance the industry wide recruitment issues by introducing a revolutionary M-indful Days initiative. One year on and the scheme, which gifts all full-time employees four fully paid additional days of holiday allowance amongst other benefits, has been an overwhelming success with staff reporting that they are more productive at work and have noticed a marked improvement to their general well-being.

Employees have been encouraged to take their M-indful Days wherever they see fit, be that an unplanned recovery day following a big night out, a spontaneous duvet day or a day when they just can’t get out of bed in the morning. One of the only requirements is that on one of the days, it is compulsory for all staff to receive a complimentary massage at their home from Urban Massage.

Managers have found the flexibility of the days has eradicated the environment of guilt and resentment from both sides and means that staff no longer feel the need to take false sick days. Also, for employees who haven’t used all their additional allowance, they have received the monetary value instead. Additional benefits to staff include free and unlimited access to Spill, a remote and anonymous counselling app and a raise in M’s starting wage to £10 per hour across the board.

Speaking about the positive impact the initiative has had on the M team, Andre said: “I am delighted to see how well the M-indful Days and our adoption of Spill have been received by the team. At this crucial time in our sector, having engaged teams as well as nurturing and retaining talent is vital. We are extremely proud to be pioneering the way towards a different and more modern hospitality industry.”

Please see below testimonials from a selection of M employees:

Magda Koch, Finance Manager, said: “The idea of M-indful Days helps us take a step back in the most stressful time, take a breath and approach problems from a fresh perspective. I personally take M-indful Days after the end of the month on Fridays, making a weekend a little bit longer and allowing me to charge the batteries and start a new month with lots of energy and positivity. It’s very important to communicate our wellbeing with bosses, team members and co-workers. M-indful Days give everyone the opportunity to show co-workers you’re overwhelmed, even if we can’t or don’t want to

talk about it. I really believe it’s a huge step to change hospitality from a stressful, mentally and physically abusing environment, to a place where people care about each other, their wellbeing and have a strong work-life balance.”

Gabriele Semino, Runner, said: “I want to thank M for my additional M-indful Days. I took one when my aunty and cousin came to London unannounced which meant I had no notice period to take holiday and otherwise couldn’t guarantee I would see them. It was great to be able to take the weekend off last minute and spend time with my family as I have no family in London and miss them a lot. Also, with only three runners on the floor and working a lot, it was nice to take an extra day’s rest to recover and my girlfriend was happy to spend a day with me too!”

Branka Vuskovic, Group Head of Events, said: “I find the M-indful Days are such a great benefit for our mental health. You really feel the benefit knowing that at any time you can take a break from the busy and fast paced environment, or for any other reason, with no questions asked. It assists in having a little break to reenergise and come back to work feeling positive, happy, motivated and balanced.”

Megan Inglis, Events Manager, said: “My personal feedback on the M-indful Days is that they are a great perk of working for M Restaurants. I have taken two so far and they have really helped. One was used to go to A&E when I didn’t want to take a sick day and one was used when I moved to a new house and I needed to sort out my travel and goods etc. I personally suffer from a lot of anxiety and it is great to know that if I have a day when I am not feeling well, I have an option to take the day and re-gather my mental state in a healthy way. My partner and friends have said that they wished they had this perk at their workplace as it is much needed.”

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First glimpse inside The Wensleydale Hotel

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First glimpse photography has been released from inside a newly refurbished boutique hotel in Middleham.

A renowned Franco-Belge hotelier and his Yorkshire wife officially opened the doors to the Wensleydale Hotel last month, after upgrading some of the public areas in phase one of the renovations.

Hospitality expert and former general manager at the Feversham Arms, Charles Merchie, and his wife Fiona, purchased The White Swan, Middleham, earlier this year and renamed it The Wensleydale Hotel, a name previously associated with part of the hotel.

Charles said: “I am delighted to be in the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales and myself and Fiona are really looking forward to driving The Wensleydale forward with our two boys helping out when they can.

“With the first phase of the upgrade now complete, we are thoroughly enjoying welcoming guests to enjoy a tipple in the bar before dinner in the restaurant or a peaceful overnight break in the stunning Dales.”

Merchie brings a wealth of expertise with him to the hotel, which is set to continue with renovations over the coming months, to elevate it to a gorgeous boutique hotel for local residents and guests from further afield to enjoy.

The Wensleydale Hotel is a truly family run affair with Charles and Fiona leading the day-to-day running of the hotel and their two sons, Monty and Hugo, working on the bar, in The Tack Room restaurant and the kitchen during university holidays. A previous colleague and good friend of Charles, Rui Barradas, has been appointed as Resident Manager, along with his wife Vera, who is overseeing front of house.

Fiona said: “I am most looking forward to a long, warm summer hosting guests on our beautiful south-facing terrace, and watching the racehorses trotting past to exercise on the Middleham Moor. We will be offering relaxed, al fresco dining with a menu featuring dishes inspired by our favourite European countries where we have lived or travelled – perfect for coffee, a light bite at lunch or foodie catch up with friends in the evenings.”

Charles concluded: “I’m incredibly proud to be working with my wife and our boys on this exciting new venture. It’s fantastic to settle in and transform our beautiful hotel and restaurant into a go-to destination. We’ve had a very warm welcome from our neighbours, so here’s to a very successful year ahead!”

Phase two of the upgrade will begin over autumn and winter this year. This will include exciting changes to add value to the guest experience.

For more information, please visit the website

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