AC Luxe Opens New Office in New York

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AC Luxe, one of the UK’s leading Destination Management Companies has announced that they will be opening a new office in New York. This move has taken place in order to cater for the increased demand that has been seen by the North American market. This year there has been a significant increase in the number of tourists coming to Britain, from visiting the remote Scottish Highlands to the tops of London’s most iconic skyscrapers.

AC Luxe have opened an office in New York as they have seen their business grow by more than 60% year on year from this region. This move was made in order to create a permanent presence in the area and will also allow the company to work on local time, which offers them an even greater level of dedicated service to their American clients.

The leading Destination Management company focuses on delivering a unique experience to their customers, and opening a US office will help the company to further improve the experience for their clients and allows them access to the company’s expertise on a time frame that is better able to suit their needs. The British pound is continuing to fluctuate as the nation works to prepare itself for Brexit, and because of this, AC Luxe feels that 2018 will be a strong year for business across the UK for the meetings and incentive markets.

International meeting planners have long focused on London, as it offers easy travel connections and multitude of hotels as well as a range of historic attractions and more modern highlights to suite everyone’s tastes and requirements. For 2018 and the future beyond it, the company expect to see meeting and incentive enquiries that would be more adventurous in their choice of destination. This could lead to more incentive groups visiting distilleries in Scotland before fishing trips, or a meeting destination while enjoying a rustic retreat in Wales.

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18th Century Hawkstone Hall to be Opened by The Distinctly Hospitable Group

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The Grade I listed stately home, Hawkstone Hall has announced that it will be launching an exclusive hotel and venue. Hawkstone Hall is a grand Grade I listed 18th Century mansion located in Shropshire. The Hall is set in a spectacular 88 acres of beautifully manicured gardens has as recently been purchased by The Distinctly Hospitable Group.

A sympathetic refurbishment of Hawkstone Hall has been planned in order to restore the spectacular Georgian property to its magnificent splendor before the summer next year and the predicted opening. The Distinctly Hospitable Group is the fourth owner of this stately home in its 550-year history, originally built as a stately family home then left in the care of Catholic missionaries until June of this year when it was sold to the hospitality company.

This imposing property and the expansive grounds will be the perfect location to hold extravagant corporate events, music festivals, yoga and fitness retreats as well as a truly memorable location for a whole host of celebrations. There is a large amount of entertainment space which when combined with the 88 acres of ground and copious accommodation possibilities, The Distinctly Hospitable Group have the foundations for the creation of a sensational retreat that will be set to rival the best of the UK’s event venues.

Guests will be able to enjoy the wide range of communal spaces, including an impressive main hall, magical ballroom and refectory. This 18th Century retreat sits handsomely among the acres of manicured lawns that deliver the splendor of the Grade I listed building as well as a classic countryside charm with a rose garden, croquet lawn, apple orchard and romantic ‘secret garden’.

As part of the refurbishment planned and the discovery of a water supply on the grounds, the company is intending on reinstating the original 18th Century Lilly Pond, fishing pond and waterfall which will allow these gardens to bloom once more. The Group Development Director for The Distinctly Hospitable Group, Hannah Whiting has commented on the work that has taken place so far, and has expressed delight on behalf of all those working on this refurbishment at the opportunity to be involved with the restoration of one of only two Grade I listed buildings in Shropshire.

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Fancy Crab Release new Brunch Menu

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A new Brunch menu has been released by Fancy Crab, a restaurant found in Marylebone. The restaurant opened recently and has now revealed that they will be serving brunch for the first time. In order to celebrate this exciting step forward for Fancy Crab, a menu has been released that offers a creative take on classic brunch dishes.

Fancy Crab is one of the few restaurants in London that serve the delicacy of red king crab, an ingredient which also features on the newly released brunch menu. Brunch will be served at Fancy Crab on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-5pm. This sought after shellfish has used as part of King Crab Benedict, which is picked red crab, toasted muffins, avocado and smoked chilli with Yuzu lime hollandaise as well as Crab & Nori Waffles, which is hot waffles served with pickled red crab topped with poached eggs, wild rocket and gruyere cheese.

Fancy crab has set itself apart with the serving this delicacy and the recently released brunch menu demonstrates the versatility of this delicious and succulent meat which has been sourced fresh from the cold and open waters of the Northern Arctic Ocean. The new brunch menu also offers alternatives to king crab, such as Fancy Crab Hash which is a potato and kale hash which is then served with marinated heritage tomatoes, duck egg and seaweed butter. As well as Buttermilk Blueberry Waffles served with yoghurt, a maple glaze and toasted hazelnuts. For guests who are looking for something slightly lighter, what about the Smashed avocado and chia seed on toasted focaccia with seaweed salad, avocado, chilli, lime and sumac.

The red king crab is popular in the US but a rare treat for Brits, Fancy Crab works as restaurant and supplier of for this delicate produce in order to cut out the middleman and offer the freshest produce possible. Fancy Crab works with its harvesting company and one of the largest fishing fleets in the region, the North West Fishing Consortium in order to source king crab directly from the sea. In order to maintain their freshness, the crab is boiled on board the boat and then frozen in order to preserve its freshness.

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