HOTEL DU VIN STRATFORD CHECKS IN NEW MANAGER

Natalie Heath

Hotel du Vin Stratford-upon-Avon has appointed all-new manager Natalie Heath ahead of its third year. The new general manager brings over 20 years of hospitality experience, and a full suite of new ideas to the boutique hotel.  The hotel, which took Stratford-upon-Avon by storm in 2018, has had a successful two years since opening in the former registry office building, and with new manager at the helm more successes are yet to come. Newly appointed Natalie will be focussed on driving sales and strategy for the hotel, having studied hotel management and training at The Savoy and built her wealth

EXPERTS SERVE UP THE FUTURE OF HOSPITALITY

Midlands Retail Forum

A panel of leading experts set out the future of Birmingham’s food and drink scene last week, when Midlands Retail and Hospitality Forum (MRF) hosted its first event of 2020. Led by famed chef Alex Claridge (The Wilderness), the panel explored the challenges and opportunities facing both independent and chain restaurants across the city in an event focused on ‘How to Increase Loyalty and Footfall in Hospitality’.  Creating loyal customers is a challenge that many businesses face, and this event took a deep dive into how hospitality businesses can drive footfall and encourage a more reliable customer base through its

MUSIC PARTNERSHIP TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

Elegant Entertainment, Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham-based musicians, Elegant Entertainment, have signed up to become music partner with Birmingham Hippodrome. The new partnership will mean that Elegant Entertainment will source talented musicians to perform at Hippodrome private events.  The relationship developed following the successful Birmingham Hippodrome’s 120th birthday gala in June 2019, where Elegant Entertainment’s talented musicians supported the evening’s performers, including Beverley Knight. The new partnership will see them provide entertainment at Birmingham Hippodrome events such as Leading Ladies – the friendly social network for women – along with galas, champagne and wine evenings.  Headed up by husband and wife team, Benjamin and Chloe-Jean Grey, Elegant

ROASTIE TOASTIE AND ASHA’S FILL CITY SOCIAL WITH FESTIVE FRIENDSHIP

Roastie Toastie, Asha's Birmingham

The season of goodwill is firmly upon us and there’s friendship in the air, with two stallholders at Birmingham’s alternative Christmas market, City Social, teaming up to serve festive cheer. Roastie Toastie and Asha’s are joining forces for the market’s final week to dish up a fusion feast: Asha’s Tikka dished up in a Roastie Toastie.  The two independent food-vendors have brought two of Birmingham’s best-loved cuisines together for an exclusive collaboration. Following the traditional Roastie Toastie approach, which sees a Sunday roast with all the trimmings, slapped between two fat slices of toast, this hybrid sandwich substitutes the filling

MALMAISON BIRMINGHAM MAKES ROOM FOR ALL-NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM

MalBox, Malmaison, Mailbox Birmingham

Malmaison Birmingham has appointed two new senior managers alongside the launch of its all-new Mailbox hot spot. The boutique hotel has employed Emma Morgan as General Manager and Luke Gallimore as Deputy General Manager, as well as launching a brand new F&B outlet at designer destination, the Mailbox. The past three years has seen phenomenal and sustained growth for Malmaison Birmingham, following the completion of its multi-million-pound redevelopment scheme in 2016, team recruitment drives, and 3% increase in revenue year on year. The award-winning hotel, which is owned by Frasers Hospitality and renowned for daring to be different, is continuing

CHARITIES UNITE TO MAKE JOB OPPORTUNITIES THAT WORK

Evolve Cafe, Blakesley Hall

Shocking statistics have emerged showing that unemployment amongst young people in Birmingham is twice as high as the national average, stating that around one in five millennials in the city is currently out of work. Determined to show these stats the door, Aquarius and Birmingham Museums Trust have joined forces to roll out new roles for 18-24-year-olds facing barriers to employment. Designed to provide young people with opportunities to get onto the career ladder, the partnership between them will see the creation of two follow-on work schemes at Blakesley Hall’s Herb Garden Café. These will be for those progressing on

LEVEL25 TAKES CITY TO NEW HIGH WITH THE GREATEST SHOW

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Level25 Birmingham

Birmingham’s most iconic restaurant held its first ever immersive dining experience when The Greatest Show took over the whole venue to wow guests in two sold out performances. Taking place at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill on Level 25, the all-singing-all-dancing themed dinner saw both families and party goers roll-up for an event like no other. Level25 was transformed into a big top complete with secret garden and fun fair which saw guests totally immersed into a magical, fantastical world. Greeted by a twisted black and white hypnotic circus the magic continued as guests became part of a technicolour

IMMERSE YOUR SENSES WITH MARIBEL’S DINING IN THE DARK EXPRENCE

Maribel, Sense, dining in the dark

Brindleyplace-based restaurant Maribel has teamed up with national charity, Sense to host an exclusive ‘Dining in the Dark’ event for one night only. The first event of its kind in the city will be a dining experience like no other, taking guests on a journey to awaken their senses. Taking place on Friday 27 September, diners will be blindfolded as they go on a culinary adventure through three-courses designed to tantalize the tastebuds.  Joining forces with Sense, an organisation dedicated to supporting the deafblind community and those living with complex disabilities, the restaurant has worked with the charity to craft

HOTEL DU VIN BIRMINGHAM REVEALS £1MILLION ROOM REFURB

Hotel du Vin Birmingham

Hotel du Vin Birmingham has undergone a £1million investment to refurbish its suite of 66 bedrooms. Each room has been given a completely unique look to reflect this season’s latest trends. A favourite with both Colmore BID and the city’s visitors, Hotel du Vin has made its bed as one of the city’s favourite hotels and the team is confident the fresh new feel will reaffirm this. A Victorian Grade II listed landmark that was formerly home to the Birmingham Eye Hospital from 1884, Hotel du Vin has now landed its first major refurbishment since opening in 2001. It is

GRADUATION IN BIRMINGHAM: HIGH-CLASS CELEBRATIONS THAT WON’T BREAK THE BANK

Hotel du Vin Birmingham, Malmaison Birmingham, Graduation in Birmingham, Graduation celebrations, Graduation meals

The bubbling excitement combined with the hours of job searching can only mean one thing, graduation time! This momentous occasion is fast approaching for students across the UK and they deserve a good party to celebrate all their hard work.   If you are looking for a truly special and memorable celebration, then look no further than Birmingham’s best boutique hotels: Hotel du Vin and Malmaison. Not only can you raise a toast to your future in style, but enjoy graduation offers at an affordable price! Birmingham is home to four major universities with Coventry and Wolverhampton just a stone’s