Cadbury House

 

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, is one of the south west’s finest four-star, contemporary boutique hotel and spa. 

Just down the road from Nailsea and set within rolling North Somerset countryside it is the ideal venue for a special occasion whether this is a wedding, private party, business event, spa break or fine dining or bistro experience.

With truly breathtaking views across the Bristol Channel and beyond into Wales, DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, is the perfect retreat for your weekend getaway.

It is also a super place for a relaxing swim, gym workout or dinner dance and come holidays when your home is full to the brim somewhere nearby for relatives to stay...

 

2017

Cadbury House white Christmas ski lodge

 

Party goers will be transported to a magical winter wonderland this festive season as a top North Somerset hotel and spa launches its first ever Alpine Ski Lodge.

Four-star boutique hotel DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury has transformed its Garden Room conservatory into a stunning ski chalet complete with log fire, alpine scents, twinkling lights and cosy rugs.

The Après-ski themed space will host festive parties and private events from Friday to Saturday, November 24-January 6, where guests will enjoy the rustic fun of a four-course sharing menu.

On nights where there is a festive disco taking place in the venue’s Great Room, ski chalet guests can join the fun and party until the early hours.

Cadbury House Marco Pierre White restaurant and Garden Room manager Mimmo Pomo said: “The ski chalet is something completely new and exciting for Cadbury House and offers groups of friends, colleagues, families and couples the chance to enjoy a Christmas night out in different surroundings.

“This year you don’t need to go to the slopes for a bit of Après-ski as it will be right here!

2The mulled wine, cider and seasonal cocktails will be flowing and we’re hoping guests enjoy going off-piste from the usual Christmas meal they’ve experienced before.

“The food will be top-notch and is totally inspired by Continental resorts which know how to put on a delicious festive winter spread.

"The mug of hearty soup on arrival soon makes way for the sharing platter starter which includes Continental meats, smoked fish, breads and cheese fondue.

“The main course choices vary from meatballs to poached chicken to warm winter Niçoise salad and the sharing board of desserts featuring spiced apple strudel and blueberry tart is sure to suit everybody.

"Hot chocolate and truffles will finish the experience perfectly.

“We’ve worked really hard on getting the ambience of the ski chalet right and although guests will be overlooking a vista of rolling North Somerset hills they will truly feel like they are nestled in the mountains of France or Switzerland!”

The ski chalet experience is £35 per person or £59 per person for New Year’s Eve.

Groups can book a place on Fridays and Saturdays from November 24 to December 23 as well as New Year’s Eve.

The space is also available for private hire on all dates between November 24-January 6 subject to availability.

For more information or to book visit www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk

Charity summer bike ride

 

Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir will be cycling more than 520km in four days next summer for charity.

The intention is to cover four European countries to raise monies for PROPS, a Bristol based support charity for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Mehmet is part of a ‘pelotong of pedalists’ from corporate group Black & White Hospitality Limited.

The hospitality team is headed by Cadbury owner Nick Taplin who with colleagues including Mehmet completed a Paris fundraising run in summer 2017.

In the past few of years the group has joined others to raise in excess of £75,000 on numerous charity cycling challenges.

But this year the organisation has decided to go it alone on its mission to help PROPS.

Everyone rider needs to raise a minimum of £1,200 in sponsorship.

The taxing route will take the cyclists through the Holland, Belgium, France and England and pass many famous landmarks on the way.

Luckily the riders will be fully supported with overnight and lunch time pitstops, backup team of fully trained physios and bike mechanics plus transfer baggage transport.

And pre-tour training will be helped by the on-site state-of-the-art gym and swimming pool at the Congresbury.

Father-of-two Mehmet has more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality sector and re-joined Cadbury this year after working at the Frost Hill venue as an operations manager 13 years ago.

To sponsor Mehmet click HERE.

My lords, ladies and gentlemen

More than 200 guests celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening of one of the south west’s most popular hotels.
The event at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House was attended by Lord Jeffrey Archer, Weston MP John Penrose and the Mayor of Weston-super-Mare, councillor Jos Holder, all of whom cut the ribbon to officially open the new reception.
Bought by current owner Nick Taplin in 2003, Cadbury House has benefitted from an investment approaching £30 million and included the building of the four-star, boutique-style hotel in 2007.
Since then it has gone from strength to strength, becoming the go to venue for meetings, conferences, wedding, events and quality rooms, while the new reception boasts a feature living wall and arguably the best views of the North Somerset countryside.
Mr Taplin said: “It’s been an incredible journey.

"Being from the local area Cadbury House will always be my spiritual home as this is where it all started.

"To have so many close family, friends and colleagues here to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the hotel opening was a fantastic way to top off this first decade. 
“We’ll never stop investing and improving what is already a fantastic offer and we have great plans to cement Cadbury House’s reputation as being a real force in hospitality across the South West.”

Following canapes and cocktails on the front porch Cadbury chefs had prepared a special menu of lamb rump djonnaise, haricot vert, fondant potatoe with maderia and rosemary jus followed by Marcos bitter chocolate cream and hazelnut nougtine.

And Lord Archer who had spent part of his youth biking from his home town of Weston to visit relatives living in Lodge Lane, Nailsea, made a fine 'after dinner' speech.

The Congresbury hotel sits on the borders of the Weston and North Somerset parliamentary constituencies.

Nailsea People community editor Carol Deacon and her husband Rob along with other respresentatives of the infamous Cadbury Dinner Party gang Roy and Helen Penney were among the invited guests.

The former editor of the Clevedon Mercury and Weston & Worle News swapped stories with Mr Penrose as they reminisced about the Tough Ten days on Weston seafront.

It was during her days on the award-winning local newspaper Mrs Deacon charted the success of the four star hotel and next door spa and health club.

All in a top spin

A top health club has taken delivery of the latest ‘spinning’ bikes as part of its continuous equipment upgrade.

The 27 new bikes have arrived at theclub, at Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset, and represents an investment of more than £40,000.

Designed by Schwinn the Carbon Blue model is the latest in spinning and fitness technology. Suitable for all shapes, sizes and levels of fitness, it is hoped the bikes will add to the gym experience for members.

It means those who take part in the spinning classes will be using the most technologically advanced bikes giving them the best possible work out.

An aerobic exercise that takes place on a specially designed stationary bicycle, spinning has taken the health and fitness industry by storm.

Those taking part pedal while motivating music plays and the instructor talks giving instruction on what to do.

During the class those taking part vary their pace, sometimes pedalling as fast as they can, other times cranking up the tension and pedalling slowly from a standing position.

Club group director Jason Eaton said: “We want our members to have the best facilities possible and is why we are constantly updating the equipment.

“The arrival of these new spinning bikes is great news and shows our commitment to our members to provide the best possible equipment.

"The spinning classes are very popular so it’s great to upgrade the spinning studio.”

Burning approximately 450 calories in 45 minutes, spinning provides an aerobic workout that makes the heart pump fast.

Jason added: “Spinning tones the thigh muscles and because you stay in one place with the same basic movement throughout, it doesn't involve a lot of coordination so it's easier to concentrate on your form than in other types of aerobic classes.

“And although you follow the general instructions of the spinning teacher, you are in control when it comes to your pace. You can finish a spin class, regardless of your fitness level, simply by adjusting your pace or the tension knob on the bike.”

For further information on theclub at Cadbury House call 01934 834343 or click HERE.

PHOTO: Jason Eaton, group club director with

one of the new Schwinn spin bikes

VOTE VOTE VOTE

for theclub boutique spa

A North Somerset spa is in the running to be crowned Best Boutique Spa at a prestigious national award ceremony in November.

thespa at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury has been shortlisted for the Good Spa Guide Awards 2017 and is appealing for public votes to help secure the top spot in its category.

The winners of the awards, which are held in association with SpaBreaks.com, will be revealed at a glistening ceremony and gala dinner on Tuesday, November 14, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

Louise Elliott manager of thespa is now calling on customers and members of the venue to get online and lend their support.

Louise said: “We are absolutely delighted to be nominated for a Good Spa Guide Award.

"These awards represent the best of the best so it is fantastic to see our name on the line up along with other industry leading spas.

“We have invested heavily in new facilities at the spa including the new outdoor hot tub and terrace and the relaxation room.

"We also have a fantastic team of therapists who do a wonderful job of making our customers feel relaxed, rejuvenated and refreshed.

“We are encouraging all of our dear customers to support us and vote online. It’s really simple to do and a few clicks of a button will mean the world to myself and the whole spa team!”

Thespa is a multi-award winning venue set within the grounds of the four-star boutique Cadbury House hotel in Congresbury.

Spa goers can also enjoy food and beverages on site at the Bardolino Pizzeria, Espresso and Bellini Bar.

To vote visit before Tuesday, October 31 by clicking HERE.

10th annual fireworks

 

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is holding its tenth annual fireworks night on Saturday, October 28.

Organised by the venue’s health club and spa, the grounds of the four-star venue in Congresbury, North Somerset, will be transformed with fairground rides and stalls for the kids.

A firm favourite with families, the evening is due to go off at 5pm with an assortment of fairground rides*, music from Cadbury House crooner Dennis Demile, fresh popcorn, barbecue and drinks tent.

The evening will go out with a bang at 6.45pm when the spectacular fireworks display will light up the sky and grounds surrounding the popular four-star venue.

Health club director Jason Eaton said: “It’s amazing to think this will be our tenth annual fireworks night. It’s become firmly established as one of the biggest and best organised events across the region and is ideal for those looking for a safe and fun night out.

“When we held our first event 10 years ago, we never imagined it would become so popular so it’s great to be able to put this on again for the local community.

“For those with smaller children the fun fair rides and stalls will keep them entertained while the firework display is always a great finale.

“We’ve set off an awful lot of fireworks during the past 10 years and this year will be just as spectacular.”

Tickets cost £6.50 for adults, £5 for members, and £3 for children, £2 for child members, children under three get in free.

To get tickets call 01934 834343 (option 4) or visit www.theclubandspabristol.co.uk.

* charges apply to fairground rides

Pink Ladies at Cadbury House

A woman-only Pink Ladies night is being hosted at Cadbury House health club on Friday, October 27, to raise money for breast cancer research.

TheClub at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House annual fundraiser in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is giving all proceeds to Breast Cancer Care charity.

The evening will start with bubbles on arrival followed by a three-course dinner at the health club’s onsite Bardolino Pizzeria, Espresso & Bellini Bar. 

All tables are served by personal butlers and a dedicated menu of cocktails will be available alongside the restaurant’s signature Bellinis.     

Guests are encouraged to wear pink to the night out where they will be treated to an evening of food, drinks and fun.

An auction and raffle will also be held during the evening to raise funds and the party will really get started with a disco to dance the night away.  

Last year’s breast cancer fundraising evening sold out within weeks so anyone interested in attending is being urged to get the girls together and book tickets soon. 

Personal trainer and organiser, Debi Lough, said: “During the past few years we have managed to raise thousands with our fundraising evenings, which get bigger and better every time!

“Breast cancer, and cancer in general, touches so many of us in different ways so it’s great being able to help raise money and support this fabulous charity which does great work caring for those who have been affected.

“We have many female members at the club as well as colleagues who have all been affected by breast cancer so we really want to raise as much as possible.

“As ever this event is set to be a really fun, girly night out so round up all your friends, get your gladrags on and join us for a boogie.”

Bardolino, which is a restaurant by top chef Marco Pierre White, specialises in pizza, pasta, Italian classics and burgers. The signature coffees and Bellinis are complemented by a selection of Italian and British dessert favourites.

Tickets are available from theclub reception now or you can call 01934 834343 to book.

For more information on theclub visit www.theclubandspabristol.co.uk

Make a double charity date at theclub at Cadbury House for Macmillan Cancer Care.
Photos from the Pink Lades charity event at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club held earlier this month can be viewed HERE

Cadburyfest charity fundraising success

A community festival held in the grounds of a North Somerset hotel proved a huge success with hundreds in attendance and vital funds raised for charity.

Cadburyfest celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the iconic Congresbury venue Cadbury House near Nailsea with families travelling from near and far to enjoy the live music, street food, drinks, local produce and family fun.

The community event, which was the first of its kind, also raised more than £630 for Weston Hospicecare through bucket collections and car parking charges.

Mimmo Pomo, restaurant manager of the onsite Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and organiser of Cadburyfest, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the first ever Cadburyfest was such a huge success.

"It completely sold out beforehand and people were getting in

touch to be put on the waiting list.

“The support the community has shown our first festival here is reflective of the support it has shown Cadbury House during the past 10 years.

"Our owner Nick has taken Cadbury House from a small country club venue to an award-winning setting renowned as one of the best destination hotels in the UK, and that wouldn’t have been possible without North Somerset’s support.

“From the staff who are all so passionate about Cadbury House to our lovely regular customers we are so proud of what has been achieved over the years and so this event was a celebration of that.

“Thank you to all the performers, suppliers and stallholders who helped make it such a success, we had a fabulous day of food, drink, music, fun and games, topped off with a magical firework display.

“The icing on the cake was raising such a fantastic amount for Weston Hospicecare which is a wonderful charity.

"We’re already planning bigger and better things for next year!”

Sue Harding, community fundraiser at Weston Hospicecare, said: “Thanks so much to everyone at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House for laying on such a wonderful event and even ordering in the sunshine!

“All of the ladies who helped on the hospice stall enjoyed themselves, and it’s absolutely fantastic that everyone’s generosity has raised more than £630 for the hospice. 

“We’re so grateful that Cadbury House kindly thought of us to help them celebrate their 10th anniversary, and we hope to work with them again in the future!”

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is a four-star boutique hotel just outside of Bristol.

With two onsite Marco Pierre White restaurants, an award-winning health club and spa, free parking and views across the North Somerset countryside, it has become renowned as one of the best in the region.

Luxury Travel Guide winner

A North Somerset hotel has secured its position as one of the region’s finest after winning a prestigious title from the Luxury Travel Guide.

Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury has been named Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year 2018 (Europe) in the Luxury Travel Guide Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry.

Its criterion is focused on innovation, design, rooms and facilities, gastronomic achievements, service excellence, use of technology, sustainable development, marketing & branding, employee satisfaction and location.
The judging panel for the awards included TV personalities Shane Green (Resort Rescue) and Marianela Pereyra (Resident Beach Expert), Claire Newell (Travel Expert), luxury travel photographer Antonio Cuellar, as well as the in-house team at Luxury Travel Guide.

Mehmet Kandemir, general manager of Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House, said: “The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of travel and tourism achievement, championing the best in the industry, therefore to come out on top is truly an achievement we are very proud of.

“This, combined with the recent win of Hotel of the Year at the Bristol Lifestyle Awards, demonstrates Cadbury House’s appeal both nationally and locally.

"As a destination hotel, we work hard to ensure we provide a unforgettable experience to each client whether they are visiting for a conference or staying for a weekend break.

“I think the key to our success is down to the passion of our wonderful staff and also our commitment to constant investment.

"We’re currently undergoing extension and refurbishment work on our reception area and are due to start refurbishment of the bedrooms very soon.”

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is a four-star boutique hotel just outside of Bristol.

With two onsite Marco Pierre White restaurants, an award-winning health club and spa, free parking and views across the North Somerset countryside, it has become renowned as one of the best in the region.

For more information about Cadbury House visit www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk

'Cheers, m'dears' new MPW wine list

 

Marco Pierre White is hosting a launch of his exclusive new wine collection at his North Somerset restaurant this September.

The iconic chef will be visiting the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House on Thursday, September 7, where he will unveil the three specially created wines which have been designed to complement Marco’s menus.

The wines have been created by Marco alongside celebrated winemaker Jean-Luc Colombo and will be exclusively available at Marco’s UK restaurants.

Guests are invited to the special event where they can enjoy a three-course lunch or dinner, a glass of Prosecco on arrival and a signed bottle of Marco’s wine.

There will also be live entertainment throughout the event.

Mimmo Pomo, manager of the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse at Cadbury House, said: “We are so excited that Marco is launching his wine collection here at Cadbury House.

"It will be really special for our customers and Marco fans to experience the launch of a product Marco is so passionate about.

“It is always fantastic when Marco visits, everyone has a great time meeting and greeting him and enjoying a VIP event.

"We’re expecting to completely sell out so if you’re interested I would recommend booking your place as soon as possible.

“We’re also really looking forward to adding the collection to our already extensive wine list. Jean-Luc Colombo is one of the most prominent wine makers in the Rhone Valley and these wines have been specially created with Marco’s dishes in mind.”

Marco’s Steakhouse menu is made up of signature steaks, timeless British dishes and French classics. 

The ethos is all about classic dishes, simply cooked, using the best locally sourced ingredients.

To complement this menu the wine collection includes the Jean-Luc Colombo Marco Pierre White Blanc, made from Vermentino with a splash of Sauvignon Blanc.

This addition is perfect with seafood dishes.

The Jean-Luc Colombo Marco Pierre White Rosé is light, dry and subtle, perfect with fresh food flavours of the Mediterranean while the Jean-Luc Colombo Marco Pierre White Rouge is a rich and generous Syrah (Shiraz) with no oak, just lush, spicy fruit.

The lunch session will run from 12.30-2.30pm and costs £25 per person.

The dinner session will run from 6-9pm and costs £39 per person.

Guests at both sessions will receive a three-course meal, glass of Prosecco, signed bottle of wine and chance to meet and chat with Marco.

To book or for more information call the restaurant on 01934 839 019 or email info@mpwsteakhousebristol.com

10 Year Anniversary Celebration 


We would like to thank the local community and our loyal guests for your support over the past 10 years by inviting you to help celebrate our anniversary in the grounds of Cadbury.
SATURDAY 19TH AUGUST 2017, 1PM TO LATE

 

NOT YOUR AVERAGE DAY…

• Street and BBQ food

• Al Fresco Bar

• Market stalls
• Family fun and sports activities

• Live music and dancing 

• £2 Car parking fee - donated to Weston Hospicecare

Click HERE for more details

Community food and funfest

North Somerset’s answer to Glastonbury is coming this August as an exciting community festival event is to be held in the grounds of one of the region’s premier hotels.

The first ever Cadburyfest will take place on Saturday, August 19, at Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury with street food, live music and entertainment, al fresco bars, market stalls and fun sports activities.

As part of a series of celebrations for the venue’s 10th anniversary, Cadburyfest is a free event open to all ages and will run from 1pm until late with a firework finale.

Mimmo Pomo of Cadbury House, said: “We are so excited to be hosting Cadburyfest, it will be a great community fun day for families and friends to enjoy together right into the early hours.

“We’ve got some fantastic live entertainment lined up and there will be fun activities to take part in throughout the day.

"There’s also plenty of space for people to chill and enjoy some food, drinks and our stunning panoramic views across the North Somerset

countryside.

“This summer marks the 10th anniversary of the hotel and so we wanted to do something really special to say thanks to our customers, staff and the local community who have been so wonderful over the years.

“We put a lot of emphasis on community here at Cadbury so this is the perfect way to celebrate this milestone together.”

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is a four-star boutique hotel just outside of Bristol.

With two onsite Marco Pierre White restaurants, an award-winning health club and spa, free parking and views across the North Somerset countryside, it has become renowned as one of the best in the region.

CHEQUE THIS OUT: One of the country’s fastest growing hospitality businesses and whose main partner is Marco Pierre White, presented a cheque worth more than £53,000 to Action Medical Research for Children. The money was raised by a team from Black & White Hospitality following a marathon 320 mile London to Paris bike ride in July. Headed by Nick Taplin, chairman of Black & White Hospitality, the 35-strong team included co-owner Caroline Wilce and director Shezan Aslam. Accepting the cheque on behalf of the charity was Emma Morgan, Head of Events, who said: “On behalf of Action Medical Research I would just like to thank everyone at Black and White Hospitality for their support, dedication and amazing fundraising achievements. The challenge of cycling 320 miles is itself an incredible accomplishment, but we also know how much effort goes into training and preparing yourselves in the weeks and months leading up to the ride itself. Unlike some research charities we rely almost entirely on donations and can only fund new medical breakthroughs with this type of support. Black and White’s generosity and effort helps make a difference for sick and vulnerable babies, children affected by disabilities and those with infections and rare diseases. Thank you for doing so much to help save and change children’s lives." If you’d like to support team Black & White Hospitality click HERE. Since the cheque presentation hundreds more pounds have been pledged.

Cadbury House charity bike ride to Paris

A team made up of hospitality and health club experts from the south west’s leading four-star hotel and gym have completed a gruelling four-day bike ride to raise money for Action Medical Research for Children - a charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children.

Heading a 35-strong team, Nick Taplin, owner of the four-star hotel and health club at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House and chairman of Black & White Hospitality - whose main partner is Marco Pierre White - has raised more than £52,000 as he and his team rode 300 plus miles from London to Paris.

Joining Nick was Caroline Wilce, co-owner of Black & White Hospitality, Shezan Aslam who is also a director at Black & White Hospitality, Jason Eaton, group director at theclub and Mehmet Kandemir, general manager at Cadbury House.

A host of other riders also took part including John Dowling, general manager at DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol City Centre and Chris Millard who runs the North Somerset Athletic Academy.

The team set off early from Crystal Palace on Wednesday, July 19, and peddled their way through Kent towards Dover.

After a ferry trip they then stayed in Calais before heading down to Arras on day two.

Day three saw the team ride through the Somme towards Compiegne and included a visit to the World War One memorial at Thiepval.

The team were then up early to ride into the French capital on Saturday, July 22, passing the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs Elysee and finishing by the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Having met The Duke of Edinburgh, the charity’s patron, at an event held at Buckingham Palace earlier in the year, Nick and his fellow riders were keen to complete the challenge and raise as much money as possible.

Nick said: “It was an amazing experience and everyone made it down the Champs Elysee and on to the Eiffel Tower.

"There was a great mix of riders from very experienced to those who had only recently got back on a bike after many, many years - everyone did brilliantly.

“We experienced all sorts of weather conditions from heavy rain, high headwinds, warm sun and humidity.

“The determination by the team was really commendable and I’d like to thank everyone who took part and for not giving up.

"There were a few slips and bruises and plenty of punctures but we all finished with big smiles on our faces.

“We’ve raised an amazing amount of money which will now go towards helping children and babies not as fortunate as ourselves.

“Plans are already underway for a ride in 2018 with many of the team already signing up!”

If you’d like to support team Black & White Hospitality please visit https://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/blackandwhitehospitality.

Our staff appreciation week job swap week

Roles were reversed at a Congresbury hotel when its management team prepared, cooked and waited on staff as part of Staff Appreciation Week.

Staff at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House were treated to a whole week of special lunches on behalf of the management, with themes including Tex Mex, Italian, Flaming BBQ and Chinese.

More than 200 people who work at the hotel enjoyed the celebration which was part of a worldwide initiative by Hilton.

Mehmet Kandemir, general manager of DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, said: “Staff Appreciation Week is a wonderful way to recognise, celebrate and thank our team members, whose passion and commitment is vital to ensuring we deliver outstanding hospitality every day.

“It was great fun for the management team to get stuck in and prepare the food while staff relaxed and told us what we were doing wrong!

“We’ve got a brilliant team here at Cadbury House and it was great to be able to reflect on that and enjoy some time socialising.”

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is a four-star boutique hotel near Nailsea.

With two onsite Marco Pierre White restaurants, an award-winning health club and spa, free parking and views across the North Somerset countryside, it has become renowned as one of the best in the region.

More information can be found by clicking HERE.

MPW's three fine dining musketeers 

Marco Pierre White has strengthened the team at his North Somerset steakhouse with the appointment of several key staff.

A new restaurant manager, assistant manager, head chef and supervisor have joined the team at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill to work alongside other long-serving staff, some of which have been at the venue for up to 47 years.

Leading the team is experienced restaurant manager Mimmo Pomo, who previously managed the restaurant from 2011-15, before moving to Marco’s Wiltshire venue The Rudloe Arms.

Now back in charge at the Congresbury eatery, which is located at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, Mimmo brings his passion for quality dining and his experience in working in top restaurants in France, Spain and Greece to the table.

Originally from Puglia on the ‘heel of Italy’ Mimmo’s extensive knowledge of hospitality also comes from managing other top Bristol restaurants including Aqua Bar & Restaurant and San Carlo.

He said: “For me making sure the atmosphere is right in the restaurant is as important as the quality of food.

"Ensuring the service and overall dining experience is unforgettable is top of my agenda and I think my new team achieves it wonderfully at MPW Bristol.

“In the past two years I have worked extremely closely with Marco at his Corsham hotel.

"During this time I have learned a lot and gained a great understanding of what Marco wants to achieve at his restaurants.

"His passion and energy is infectious and it’s definitely rubbed off on me.

“It is fantastic to be back in charge here at Cadbury House, it feels like I’ve come home.

"We now have a really strong team in place, including the super talented Jason in the kitchen, to provide diners with an exceptional experience every time.”

Joining Mimmo is new assistant restaurant manager Jade Kelsall who comes from the Two-AA Rosette holding Flying Fish Restaurant in Falmouth, Cornwall.

Jade, from Bedminster, said: “I love the fast-paced environment of hospitality where you meet new and interesting people and get to create lasting experiences and memories for customers.

“I also love being part of a team, it’s great to see how everyone evolves and develops together.

"There’s nothing more satisfying than having a busy dinner service and seeing the adrenalin and buzz it creates within the team.

“It’s such a fantastic opportunity to work for a brand headed by one of the greatest chefs of all time.

"The team extends beyond our steakhouse, we have lots of support from the brand too and I feel very proud to work here.”

Taking the reins in the kitchen is Jason Everett, who helped Marco Pierre White attain two of his three Michelin Stars at his famed Harveys restaurant in London.

Jason, worked with the Hell’s Kitchen star for two years alongside Gordon Ramsay, and now plans to make the North Somerset venue the brand’s flagship steakhouse where he will teach tomorrow’s cooks the methods and skills that made Marco world famous.

He said: “I want to create something where the expectations are high and there is a good level of consistency so that customers and guests can experience Marco’s vision of affordable glamour.

“We have already launched a brand new menu for Summer 2017 and we’re putting the finishing touches to an all-new Sunday lunch offering.

"I’m excited to see what we can do here.”

Also joining the team is Jamie McIntyre, restaurant supervisor and Jonny Edwards, head chef.

For menus and further information on the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill Bristol click HERE or call 01934 839019.

A day with adoring fans at Cadbury House

Fans of Marco Pierre White were delighted to meet the cooking hero when he made one of his regular visits to his North Somerset restaurants.

Regarded by many as the godfather of modern cooking, White popped in to visit his two restaurants located at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House – the Steakhouse Bar & Grill within the house and recently opened Bardolino Pizzeria, Bellini & Espresso Bar within the venue’s health club and spa.

During the special event, attended by over 100 guests, Marco met diners and signed copies of his cookbook Essentially Marco during both lunch and dinner service.

Mehmet Kandemir, general manager at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, said: “It was such a special day for both customers and staff. Marco is a real gent and always creates an air of excitement when he visits.

“Having two onsite restaurants by Marco is great and offers our guests a wonderful choice between the traditional food and classic elegance of the steakhouse and the more casual Italian offering at Bardolino.”

Father's Day treats with MPW

Families looking for a special way to celebrate Father’s Day can take their pick of options at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

The on-site Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill is running a two or three-course lunch or dinner as well as a special Father’s Day afternoon tea.

Those wanting a full dining experience can go for two- courses at £16.50 per person or three-courses at £19.50 per person.

The menu includes all the Marco classics dads are sure to love including Mr White’s French onion soup, mains of steak and pork belly and desserts of bread and butter pudding and tiramisu.

For a more relaxed celebration, families can enjoy a specially designed Father’s Day afternoon tea which is available from Thursday to Tuesday, June 15-20.

Included are traditional sandwiches on ciabatta as well as sausage rolls, scotch eggs and a bottle of Local Bath Ale.

Mimmo Pomo, manager of the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, said: “Marco’s food is always a real hit with dads.

"The hearty dishes are classics and this year’s Father’s Day menu is looking superb.

“Treating your dad to a nice lunch or an afternoon tea with a twist is a lovely way to show him how much you care.

"The setting at our steakhouse and with the rolling North Somerset hills in the background will just add to the perfect day!”

Afternoon tea is £18.95 per person.

More information can be found at www.cadburyhousehotel.co.uk.

To book call 01934 834343.

One day wedding planner

Engaged couples in the south west can take the stress out of their big day by attending a comprehensive exhibition hosted by one of the region’s top wedding suppliers. 

Event managers at the award-winning boutique venue DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House say couples could essentially plan their whole wedding in the space of just a few hours if they attend the latest Open Day on Sunday, June 4

Alice Grant, the dedicated wedding co-ordinator at Cadbury House said: “Planning a wedding really doesn’t have to be so daunting and stressful, if you use professional suppliers they can take all the stress and hard work off of you, leaving you to enjoy the process and look forward to your married life!

“We have assembled our largest ever range of professional and recommended wedding suppliers for our latest open day, meaning couples can book their venue and everything from a vintage car and stationery to hair, make-up and photographers all in one easy and enjoyable day.

"What’s more is that many of the suppliers there will be offering exclusive discounts so you’ll get a bargain too.

“Of course some things will need to be left until later, including the dreaded guest list, but we’re hoping to help people make their big decisions, all while enjoying a nice day out at our venue.”

A boutique country house and hotel, Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House has become renowned as a specialist setting for nuptials in the South West.

With panoramic views across the North Somerset countryside and several indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options as well as on-site accommodation, health club, spa and two Marco Pierre White restaurants, it ticks all the boxes. 

Alice explains that the venue’s package options take further stress away from brides-to-be.

She said: “Some people like to plan completely bespoke days but we also

offer some really fantastic packages which means almost everything is covered in one cost and managed by me and the events team. 

“From organising the ceremony and reception room hire to day and evening food and beverages, accommodation, decorations, DJ and master of ceremonies plus more, we’re more than just a blank slate venue.

“We have some great special deals at the moment too, for late availability dates, winter weddings and special occasion dates like New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day.”
Guests at the event can enjoy free drinks and canapes, exclusive book-on-the-day offers and goody bags for the first 25 new brides.  

Local wedding experts including including photographers, florists, stationers, DJs, vintage car hire specialists and hair and make-up artists will be on-hand to give valuable advice and showcase their talents. 

Alice added: “We’re right in the middle of wedding season so now is a great time to come and view Cadbury House in its full splendour!

"The views from our outdoor gazebo across North Somerset are breathtaking on a summer’s day and guests can enjoy a drink on our terrace to get a feel for what their celebrations would be like.”

The Open Day runs from 11am-3pm, is free admission and there is free parking on-site.

New ops manager starts at UK’s best health club

 

The country’s best health club and spa has made a senior appointment to help take the service up another level for its 4,000 plus members.

Mark Rimmer, aged 31, has now joined the club and spa at Cadbury House in Congresbury as operations manager.

Living in Clevedon, Mark previously worked at Churchill Sports Centre and more recently with Snap Fitness and brings a wealth of experience which he hopes will help maintain the club’s position as the best in the business.

Drawn by the autonomy within the business and its independence – unlike many of the country’s leading chains – Mark is looking to improve the experience for members from the moment they step out of their car to the end of their workout or spa session.

Mark said: “The club at Cadbury House is second-to-none in terms of facilities, location and service so I’ve got to really perform.

“Ever since it opened it’s set the bar really high in terms of health, fitness and wellness.

“It’s much more personable than a lot of health clubs and that’s what makes it exciting.

“There is a huge amount of potential and with some small changes, it’ll make the whole experience much better for all those who come here.

“I’ll also be looking to increase the useage of the My-Wellness system so that members get more out of the equipment and workouts and stay on track to achieve their goals.

“I’ll also be looking to improve further the customer service so that we’re always two steps above that what is expected of us here.”

Jason Eaton, club director added: “Mark’s enthusiasm is obvious to see and he’s already brought about some subtle changes that have made a difference to the way the team operate and what members and hotel guest’s experience.

“The health sector is constantly changing and as the best health club in the UK it’s important we evolve our offer in line with people’s expectations.

“It’s why we’re number one!”

Double serving of Marco

 

Fans of Marco Pierre White can get a double helping of the famed chef when he visits North Somerset later in May.

Known for his no nonsense approach, Pierre White shot to fame by becoming the youngest person ever to attain three Michelin stars.

He will now be visiting two restaurants that bear his name at Cadbury House in Congresbury on Tuesday, May 30.

A lunch time meet and greet in the newly opened Bardolino Pizzeria, Bellini & Espresso Bar at theclub will be followed by dinner in the Steakhouse Bar & Grill which is located in the historic house and hotel.

Guests at each event will have the chance to meet and chat to Marco and buy a copy of his latest book, Essentially Marco, which they can also get signed. They will also be able to tuck into specially prepared menus which are being designed for the day.

Jason Eaton, director of the health club said: “Bardolino hasn’t even been open a whole year, yet this will be Marco’s third visit.

"It shows how much interest he is taking in this new brand and it’s great to welcome him back again.

“Since we opened last June we’ve had a great response from both members and non-members looking for somewhere casual to have a bite to eat, drink or coffee.

“Bardolino is a cosy, intimate restaurant so it’s going to feel really special for our guests. We’re hoping people who haven’t had a chance to come and try us out yet, will take this opportunity to do so.”

Taking its name from the birthplace of Marco’s mother, Bardolino is the new ‘ultra-casual’ restaurant located within theclub & spa at Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House. Pizza and pasta are star dishes on the menu of authentic Italian food which also features specialty coffees and Bellinis.  

The evening function is taking place in the Steakhouse Bar & Grill which serves top quality steaks alongside a varied range of plates inspired by the best of British and French cooking.

Headed by Jason Everett, Marco’s visit will stir up some golden memories as Jason worked with Marco for two years at Harveys, helping him attain two of his Michelin stars.

Jason said: “Marco has always kept in touch to see what I’ve been up to so it’s great for him to visit us once again.

“The things I learned with Marco while at Harveys have never gone away and I’ve now been passing on that knowledge to the team here.

“It’s going to be a great evening and the menu we’re putting together will make for a fantastic dining experience for those who come along.”

  • For the lunch time event please call Bardolino on 01934 834343, option 6, or email Bardolino.info@bardolinobristol.com to make a reservation. Cost is £30 per person including x1 book or £55 per couple including x1 book.

  • To book for the evening event call 01934 839019 or visit www.mpwrestaurants.com - cost is £39.50 per person including x1 book; £75 per couple including x 1 book; £220 for a table of 6 including x3 books.

For more information about Cadbury House and Marco’s restaurants visit www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk.

They had big dreams of business success

A hospitality business that has its HQ near Nailsea has been recognised for its outstanding growth and ability to deliver significant profit.

Black & White Hospitality, which owns and operates out of Cadbury House, is headed by Nick Taplin who, alongside Marco Pierre White, has developed and grown a franchise business which currently includes 36 venues across the country.

The team were presented the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) South West award at a glittering ceremony held at the Bath Assembly Room this month, where some of the region’s leading private equity and venture capital professionals were gathered.

With plans to reach 50 venues by the end of 2017, judges were impressed with what has been achieved through the ‘close entrepreneurial partnership’ between Taplin and Pierre White, awarding the fast growing business the coveted mid-market team award.

The awards are an annual celebration of UK companies supported by private equity and venture capital funds, produced in association with Grant Thornton UK LLP.  Black and White is backed by Downing.

Now in their ninth year, the BVCA Management Team Awards recognise and reward brilliant businesses up and down the country that are backed by UK private equity and venture capital investors.

The winners from the South West regional awards will now compete against businesses from across the UK at a gala dinner in London at the end of November this year.

Nick Taplin, CEO of Black & White Hospitality said: “We started off with three restaurants  with Marco and while I knew this would be big, I never imagined it would grow as quickly as this.

“The chance to open a venue with the name of the UK’s greatest ever chef has clearly appealed to those within the hospitality sector.

“We now have five brands which gives venue owners and operators a fantastic selection depending on their venue and target audience.

“It’s this variety, alongside the Marco Pierre White name, that has appealed to those looking to establish a thriving restaurant business within their venue.

“Our aim is to now reach a half century of venues by the end of 2017 while international opportunities will add to the growth potential.”

Having just returned from three weeks in Australia and Singapore, Taplin added: “With roots firmly in Congresbury at Cadbury House and a home in the village of Wrington, we are currently looking at a number of overseas opportunities which will be overseen by our office at Cadbury House where it all started way back in April 2003.

“We had a dream and just kept on adding to it to where we are today.

"If you have a dream, passion and sheer determination you can achieve anything.”

Sunday roast added to steakhouse menu

 

A new Sunday lunch menu has launched at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill offering customers a choice between traditional Sunday lunch dishes and Marco’s classic British meals.

With roast options including roast strip loin of beef and roast Somerset pork loin as well as British classics like crispy skin salmon steak and fried haddock, chips and mushy peas, as well as vegetarian options, diners will be spoilt for choice.

Starters come in the form of a ‘smorgasbord’ of hors d’oeuvres, seasonal salad, an array of meats, fish and vegetarian delights and homemade soup.

And to finish off sweet tooths can choose from traditional bread and butter pudding, panna cotta, fresh fruit salad, warm chocolate fondant and Mr White’s rice pudding.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill manager Mimmo Pomo said: “As a specialist steakhouse Sunday lunch isn’t something we’ve focussed on too much in the past.

"But as a staple British tradition and with Marco’s passion for classic and fuss-free cuisine how could we ignore it!

“Our new offering will differ slightly each week but will always offer fantastic cuts of meat with roast trimmings as well as other options.

“We have no doubts that customers will be impressed with the offering.

"We have recently been joined by our head chef Jason Everett who worked under Marco when he received two of his Michelin stars at Harveys restaurant in London, so he is a chef of the highest calibre.

“Aside from delicious food, the restaurant is a fantastic location for a family Sunday dinner.

"It’s a destination restaurant in the middle of the countryside with stunning views and a really elegant feel. It’s a special place.”

The restaurant is located at Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury and is surrounded by rolling North Somerset countryside.

An award-winning four-star boutique hotel, Cadbury House and the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse have become renowned as top food and drink venues in the South West.

A two-course Sunday lunch is £16.50 while a three-course lunch is £19.50.

For more information or to book click HERE.

The Apprentice winners

A North Somerset hotel has been shortlisted for a prestigious award thanks to its apprenticeship programme which helps students kick-start their careers in the hospitality industry.
 DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury has been shortlisted for the large employer of the year award at the Weston College Business Awards, due to take place on Thursday, May 25.
 The awards recognise the hard work and commitment from apprentice employers and celebrate students’ progress, dedication to training and the outstanding impact they have made on the businesses they work.
Mehmet Kandemir, general manager of the four-star hotel, said: “We currently have eight apprentices working in several departments of the business, from the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse to customer services and the maintenance team.
“Over the years we have had many, many success stories with our apprentices and there is nothing that makes us more proud than developing an apprentice or trainee into a fully-fledged member of the team with a permanent position.
“Recently we promoted Sam Fowler, who started as a maintenance apprentice in December 2012, to maintenance manager and Natasha Leckie is the latest in a long line of kitchen apprentices to complete her course and be offered a role as a commis chef in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse kitchen. 
“We’re also proud to say our business hospitality trainee Harry has also been shortlisted for an award.
“We’re delighted that our efforts to develop young hospitality talent has been recognised and we are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of both students and employers at the ceremony.”
Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House is a four-star boutique hotel renowned in the region as a luxury wedding, conference and leisure venue with two onsite restaurants by Marco Pierre White, award-winning health club and spa and 132 bedrooms.
For more information click HERE.

Dinner with British lion

While the British and Irish Lions prepare to face the All Blacks in New Zealand, diners in North Somerset can chew over their chances with a former international player.

Geoff Parling is special guest at a three-course Sporting Dinner at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, Congresbury, on Friday, June 23.

After the meal, he will host a Q&A session to discuss the first test, which takes place at Eden Park, Auckland, the following day.

Geoff, who currently plays for Exeter Chiefs, has 29 England caps and played for the British and Irish Lions three times.

He started his club career at Newcastle Falcons, winning the players’ player of the year award in 2005-6, and he captained the side several times the following season.

He signed for Leicester Tigers for the 2009-10 campaign, and played a pivotal part in the Premiership final win against Saracens that season.

While  at Leicester he caught the eye of the then-England coach Martin Johnson, and having already represented England at under 16, under 18, under 19 and under 21 level, was called up to the senior squad in January 2012 as an injury replacement for Louis Deacon.

He was part of the team which beat New Zealand in the autumn internationals that year, and in April 2013 he was selected for that year’s British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

Cadbury House general manager, Mehmet Kandemir, said: “Rugby matches don’t get much bigger than England against New Zealand, and what better build up could there be than to enjoy an excellent meal in the company of a player who has been there and beaten the All Blacks.

“This will be the perfect opportunity for all those armchair rugby pundits to get some expert insight, and at just £39 per person, it’s tremendous value, so if you’ve never been to an event like this before, this is the perfect chance to give it a try.”

Those who book a table of 10 will receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco.

For more information, or to book a place, please contact the Cadbury House Sales team on 01934 834343 (option 1) between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or email info@cadburyhouse.com.

Hotel of year

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House has been named hotel of the year at the second annual Bristol Lifestyle Awards. 
The glittering ceremony was presented by Big Brother’s Josie Gibson and celebrated the achievements of Bristol’s best lifestyle businesses.

With 13 categories including:

  • bar of the year;

  • fashion retailer of the year; and

  • restaurant of the year, the award winners were determined by a public vote. 

The Congresbury hotel beat stiff competition from Hotel du Vin, The Bristol Hotel and The Avon Gorge Hotel, among others, to scoop the top prize.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir, said: “We are delighted to have been named hotel of the year at the Bristol Lifestyle Awards, it’s a really prestigious title, especially considering the other top class Bristol hotels in our category.
“The whole team at Cadbury House has been working hard in the past year to ensure our offering is really special and that we exceed our customers’ expectations every time.

"From our two onsite Marco Pierre White restaurants, to our event space and award winning spa and health club facilities, we offer our customers a full range of leisure services to enjoy. 
“To have won this award, which was judged on public votes,

is a huge endorsement for the business- thank you to our loyal customers and anyone who voted for us!”

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is a four-star boutique hotel in Congresbury.

With views across the North Somerset countryside, the venue boasts 132 bedrooms, free parking, a health club and spa, meeting and event facilities and two Marco Pierre White restaurants.

The hotel has become renowned as one of the region’s top wedding venues, hosting more than 100 wedding celebrations every year.

For more information click HERE.

Steak house new menu for summer

Diners at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill near Nailsea can now enjoy a host of exciting new dishes, as the restaurant unveils its brand new mouth-watering menu.
Located at Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury, Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill is exclusively curated by Marco himself.
The new menu, which launched at the end of March, uses Marco’s famous cooking techniques to create a mix of childhood favourites and modern day delicacies, simply cooked using the best locally sourced ingredients.
Steak remains at the heart of the new menu, all sourced from royal warrant appointed butcher, Campbell Brothers. 
Alongside classic cuts including fillet, rib-eye and Chateaubriand, the 32oz T-bone cuts for two special is a new sharing option for diners to enjoy, along with a selection of extras including grilled woodland mushrooms and peppercorn and brandy sauce. 
Old favourites including the classic chicken Kiev and the great American cheese and bacon burger will also be preserved, and joined by mouth-watering additions such as the barbecue smoked babyback ribs – sticky ribs in deluxe barbecue sauce served with French fries and American coleslaw.
A range of vegetarian dishes have been carefully selected and added to the menu including the mushroom tartlets with poached eggs, and the vegetarian sharer which includes baked camembert, roasted vine tomatoes, olives à la Provençal, Glamorgan sausages, baked sourdough, vintage balsamic and olive oil.   
For those with a sweet tooth, the new menu also delivers an exciting selection of desserts, including tiramisu, and the trio of desserts for two which includes a warm chocolate brownie, cheesecake, and banana and caramel mess. 
Mimmo Pomo, manager of Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Bristol, said: “We are extremely excited to have launched our new menu, which combines guests’ favourite dishes and a host of delicious new dishes. 
“Our new menu gives our returning guests a selection of exciting flavours to try, while guaranteeing an enjoyable experience for diners who are visiting Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill for the first time.”
Marco Pierre White said: “My restaurants are not stuffy and pretentious; instead they are about enjoying your evening, with excellent food and drink in luxurious, relaxed surroundings and quite simply having a good time.
“That’s the kind of experience that our guests can look forward to, with something to suit every taste and budget. I call it affordable glamour and we hope it’s an experience our guests will want to return to again and again.”   
Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill is part of the Black and White Hospitality’s extensive restaurant portfolio, which also includes Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian, Mr White’s English Chophouse, Bardolino Pizzeria, Bellini & Espresso Bar and Wheeler’s of St James’.

BIKE AID: Superfit Debra Lough and friends will be pedalling in the foyer of the club at Cadbury House all week ahead of her London to Paris ride raising money for Action Medical Research. Click HERE to go to her sponsorship page.

By royal appointment

 

The owner of Cadbury House in North Somerset and boss of one of the country’s fastest growing hospitality businesses was a special guest at Buckingham Palace where he met the Duke of Edinburgh.

Nick Taplin, who was accompanied by Shezan Aslam his fellow director at Black & White Hospitality, were invited to the palace on the back of efforts to raise £60,000 for Action Medical Research for Children of which the Duke is patron.

Nick, Shezan and a 35-stong team from Black & White Hospitality are now in training to take part in a gruelling 500km bike ride from London to Paris in July.

Nick said: “We did a similar ride last year and was a fantastic experience so are delighted to be doing it again for Action Medical Research for Children.

"We certainly didn’t expect an invite to meet the Duke and was a real honour and privilege to have been personally invited.

“The Duke sure is as quick witted as the media reports and has a certain sparkle in his eye.

"To tell him we are aiming to raise £60,000 for a charity he is so closely linked was a great thing to do and he was really impressed.

“The charity does some fantastic work improving the health of babies and children and we now want as many people to dig deep and support the team so we can reach and hopefully surpass our target.

"We may even plan our own ride next year if we can get our team over 50 people”

To support team Black & White click HERE.

London to Paris

 

theclubandspa director Jason Eaton is doing the London to Paris ride for the second time but this year he is doing it in tandem with wife Sarah.

Jason said: "Last year’s bike ride from London to Paris was in support of Action Medical Research looking ofr a cure for leukaemia.

"Despite ending the ride saddle sore I have decided to take up the challenge again and this time with my wife Sarah.

"Action Medical Research is a children’s charity which has suported research into polio, helped develop ultrasound, fights meningitis a stillbirths.

"Having young children ourselves this is something very close to me.

"The ride is over four days covering more than 320 miles.

"Last year was one of the hardest but most rewarding challenges I have ever done but with the help and support of the generous donations it made me get through some of those toughest hills and torrential rain, as well as having a constantly sore backside for four days."

Nailsea People has already donated but if you would like to help Jason click HERE.

SILVERSTONE TO SENNEN COVE: Is that Dino Zamparelli parked on the forecourt on the Silverstone to Sennen tour? Inspired by a love for qood food and fast cars the route started at the home of British racing before heading westward making an overnight pitstop at Congresbury. Wonder who got to drive the bright yellow Porche?

Marco's new man

A chef who helped Marco Pierre White attain two of his three Michelin Stars at his famed Harveys restaurant in London has taken the reins at the south west’s leading steakhouse bar and grill.

Jason Everett, who worked with the Hell’s Kitchen star and restauranteur for two years while he was building his reputation as the most exciting chef the country had ever seen, is now heading up the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at Cadbury House in North Somerset as executive head chef.

 Alongside Gordon Ramsay, Jason was instrumental in helping Marco attain two of his three Michelin stars, making Harveys the hangout of choice for the London celebrity scene.

Having left the bright lights of London to pursue new ventures, which included owning his own restaurant called The Goat House in Brent Knoll near Weston, Jason now plans to make the popular eaterie the go-to destination for those wanting a quality but affordable meal out.

He also plans to make the venue the flagship steakhouse where he will teach tomorrow’s cooks methods and skills that made Pierre White the youngest chef to have attained three Michelin stars.

 Jason said: “Marco has always kept in touch to see what I’ve been up to so we got together at the 25th anniversary exhibition of his ground breaking White Heat book.

“It was there that he asked if I would be interested in taking over the steakhouse at Cadbury House.

“The things I learned with Marco while at Harveys have never gone away and I now plan to pass on that knowledge to the team here.

“It was a small kitchen but ultimately helped build my career and I want to do the same for those coming into the sector.

“I also want to create something where the expectations are high and there is a good level of consistency so that customers and guests can experience Marco’s vision of affordable glamour.

 “It’s a fantastic venue like no other and the chance to work with Marco again was difficult to turn down. After all, how often do you get asked by one of cooking’s greats to run one of his restaurants!”

To book a table click HERE.

A special treat for mums at Cadbury House

 

Sunday, March 26, is dedicated to celebrating lovely mums and DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury is offering the perfect way for families to share the special occasion.

The four-star hotel’s luxurious Great Room will be opened up to give families a special setting for their get-together.

Set within the historic country house, the Great Room provides elegance and comfort and can cater for parties of all sizes.

A special three-course menu has been crafted for the event, with vegetarian or non-vegetarian options.

Dishes include a cream of sweet potato and butternut squash soup, pan fried chicken on a wild mushroom and leek compote and Bailey’s profiteroles with dark chocolate sauce. 

All mums will also receive a special gift, making the day even more memorable. 

Rebecca Bozeat-Manzi, of DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, said: “If you want to treat your mum to a truly elegant and special day we’ve got everything you need. 

“The setting of our hotel is stunning, with views of the rolling North Somerset countryside so it really feels like you’re bringing mum somewhere special.

"Matched with the top quality food, service and atmosphere and you’re bound to have a family occasion to remember.”

Prices for Mother’s Day in The Great Room are £23 per person for a three-course lunch, children under 12 cost £12 and under twos go free.

For more information or to book call 01934 834343 or go online by clicking HERE.

Latest chapter for bikers

 

One of the country’s best health club and spa has taken delivery of the latest in fitness bike technology.
theclub at Cadbury House in Congresbury has now installed four, state-of-the-art Wattbikes representing an investment of £10,000.
Regarded by many in the health and fitness sector as being the closest thing to actually riding on the road, the Wattbike is suitable for all activities and types of user.
Whether a complete beginner looking to start out on a fitness journey or an elite athlete needing to measure performance gains with scientific accuracy, these highly engineered bikes are the perfect answer and are already used by top sportsmen and women.
Using a combination of air and magnetic resistance, these new bikes deliver the distinctive feel of riding a bike out on the road.

They also connect to many popular training apps and devices such as Strava and Garmin so users can keep a close track on their performance and schedule.
 The four bikes also link up to a screen housed on the health club wall and shows the rider where they are in relation to users on the other bikes.

It means they can race against each other making the workout more fun or competitive.
Jason Eaton, general manager at the award-winning club is now looking forward to showing off the new kit to users of the gym.
Jason said: “These new bikes really are the next generation in terms of health club fitness.

"They are also really good fun and once members get underway they’ll soon forget they’re exercising.
“Whether they are being used for training, testing or rehabilitation, the accurate, reliable data ride feel makes them the ultimate indoor bike and we hope our members enjoy using these fantastic new pieces of equipment.
“Here at Cadbury House, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve our members’ experience and is why we have invested in these new bikes. It’s what sets us apart from all other health clubs.”
For further information on theclub at Cadbury House call 01934 834343 or click HERE.

Book early for Christmas 2017

 

 

I cannot believe it is only mid-February and yet Nailsea People already has three news items about Christmas 2017.

The first is the date of Nailsea Community Christmas Fair as Friday, December 1, and details on the next planning meeting which will start to book the wintry atrractions.

If you would like the reindeers or skate rink to come back read more by clicking HERE.

Then as one show closes another opens as we get details that tickets for the Christmas pantomine Aladdin at the Bristol Hippodrome are on sale now.

Click HERE to learn more on the preview page.

But we saved one of the best earlybird offer until last.

If you book a Christmas party night at Cadbury House now not only will you get the pick of the dates but a special discounted price.

The Christmas sales team is already putting together its festive programme but for people who book a party for more than 15 guests there is an added incentive of up to 20 per cent off.

So to celebrate this Christmas in the magnificent surroundings of the boutique four-star, DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House hotel and spa click HERE for more details.

This offers is subject to availability with 20 per cent off ticket price for bookings Sunday to Thursday and 10 per cent off Friday and Saturday dates.

Deposits must be paid by Friday, March 31, and should numbers drop below 15 guests by the date of the joiner party, full price will be applied to all guests.  

For new bookings only and not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.  

Excluding new years eve and Christmas day offers.

Marco Pierre White introduces new menu for Bardolino


Marco Pierre White has added more of his family favourites to the menu at Bardolino, his pizzeria, bellini and espresso bar at theclubandspa in the grounds of Cadbury House.
The new-look menu is still focused around Marco’s ethos of casual, authentic and affordable Italian dining, and adds over a dozen new options for guests to choose from, without losing any Bardolino favourites.
Pizza is still the focus of the restaurant, and now visitors can personalise any Bardolino pizza with their favourite toppings, as well as choosing half sized pizzas served with salad, to cut down on the calories.
But look past the pizza, and you’ll see where Marco has really revamped the selection.

New dishes include salmon cannelloni, the Bardolino burger, wild mushroom lasagne, meatballs Americano and a range of superfood salads.
Along with the new-look main meals, the much-loved Bardolino brunch has also had a makeover.

All dishes, including Marco’s breakfast, buffalo mozzarella on sourdough and the breakfast roll will be available daily until 5pm, making sure there’s always time for the most important meal of the day.

And at weekends, brunch becomes bottomless, with unlimited bellinis paired with any item from the brunch menu.
Marco has also added to, without subtracting from, both the drinks and dessert menus.

New choices include the citrus tart and the Italian Job, consisting of chocolate brownie, blueberry cheesecake and tiramisu – perfect for those with a sweet tooth and a big appetite.
Marco Pierre White said: “Bardolino is the new kid on the block in terms of our restaurants.

"We launched the first restaurant at Cadbury House only six months ago.

"In that time, I’ve been liaising with the team and customers to gather feedback to ensure we are delivering what we set out to offer.
“Our customers told us, that whilst they love the setting and food, they wanted more choice. They wanted healthier alternatives, they wanted more pasta dishes and more meat options and that’s exactly what this new menu offers.”
For more information, to book or to view the full menu click HERE.

The pitstop for electric cars


Drivers of electric cars can get re-energized in more ways than one when visiting Cadbury House.
As well as pumping up their fitness levels in the health club and spa or fueling with fine food in the restaurants they can now recharge their cars while enjoying the facilities and North Somerset' foremost hotel..
Tesla, which recently launched the Model X, has embarked on an ambitious European roll out programme where full-service hotels, restaurants and resorts will host the distinct car charging ports.
The hotel and health club at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in North Somerset will now become one of the first venues in the South West to provide this service to its guest, customers and health club members.
It means Tesla owners out on road trips will be able to stop over at the four-star venue and recharge their batteries while their cars top up at the same time.
Mehmet Kandemir, general manager at Cadbury House said: “More and more of our customers are driving electric cars including the popular Tesla models.
“As a result we need to be able to accommodate their need to charge up during their stay and the installation of the Tesla charging ports is in reaction to this growing demand.
“We’ve always been one step of the curve in terms of our offering and this again demonstrates our willingness and ability to react to consumer demands by providing the latest in cutting edge technology.”
 New registrations of plug-in cars increased from 3,500 in 2013 to around 85,000 by January 2017 and it’s this sales surge that has seen more and more demand for plug in ports at venues like Cadbury House.
The popular venue now has three charging points in the hotel car park and one in the health club car park but with space for future provision.
Jason Eaton, general manager at the health club said: “We envisage this as only the beginning of providing electric car owners the facilities they need when coming here and look forward to welcoming Tesla owners from across the country.”


PHOTO: Hotel and house general manager Mehmet Kandemir and

health club group general manager Jason Eaton with Tesla Model X

New manager checks in

A new general manager has been appointed at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

Mehmet Kandemir takes control of the day-to-day running of the hotel, house and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill.

Having worked at the venue as operations manager more than 13 years ago, Mehmet is familiar with Cadbury House which since 2003, has undergone a huge, £27 million transformation making it the leading destination hotel, conference, meeting and wedding venue in the area.

With over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality sector, Mehmet, who was previously general manager at Mercure Holland House in Bristol, is now looking forward to consolidating the venue’s position, with ambitions to make it one of the best in the UK.

Mehmet said: “Having worked here before I already knew about Cadbury House and the investment it has benefitted from over the past decade.

"It’s a phenomenal venue and is a very well balanced business when you combine the different elements such as the hotel, meeting and conference facilities, restaurant, wedding offering and health club.

"It’s a great recipe for success.

“My aims are to build on the strength of the team, improve service delivery and overall quality so that guest experience is improved.

"Occupancy is already high but I plan to increase that again further.

"The opportunity to work with CEO Nick Taplin was also too good an opportunity to miss.

"His vision and energy is second-to-none and I hope to help channel Nick’s passion to make Cadbury House the venue of choice for both business and leisure travellers from all across the UK.”

From Cadbury with love x

Loved up couples are being invited to spend this Valentine’s Day within the stunning setting of one of the region’s top venues, DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House with a choice of celebrations available for guests to choose from.

 

Valentine’s Ball

The four-star boutique hotel in North Somerset hosts its annual Valentine’s Ball on Saturday 11 February 2016. Including everything needed to make for a special romantic evening, from a stunning country house backdrop to sparkling wine and canapes on arrival, followed by a three-course dinner, couples are sure to have an evening to remember. Ladies are treated to a rose and heart shaped chocolates and there is a disco until 1am. Tickets cost £38 per person.

There is also the option to add an overnight stay in a deluxe bedroom with breakfast. Guests will also enjoy a mini bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates in their room, as well as tickets to the ball for £254 per couple.

 

Love Me Tender at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill

Love birds can enjoy an exclusive dining experience in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill this Valentine’s Day. The Love Me Tender menu has been designed to be shared with a loved one and starts with a glass of pink fizz on arrival. Diners then have a choice of shared starters, choosing between warm baked camembert, toasted sourdough and roast vine tomatoes or half a dozen Colchester Oysters for a £5 supplement. The main course is a 16oz Chateaubriand with triple cooked chips and dessert is a romantic sharing trio of Eton Mess, Crème Brulee and Sticky Toffee Pudding – with one spoon! The exclusive special menu is £40 per person and is available from Friday to Tuesday, February 10-14.

From Cadbury with Love Package

Those wishing to enjoy the comfort of the boutique hotel can book a residential package which includes the Love Me Tender three-course dinner at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, an overnight stay in a deluxe double room, a bottle of Prosecco and chocolate-dipped strawberries in the room, a full English breakfast the next day and access to the award-winning health club and spa. The package is available from Friday to Tuesday, February 10-14. Friday and Sunday night stay will cost £280 per couple and Saturday and Tuesday night stay will cost £299 per couple.

Bardolino Pizzeria, Bellini and Espresso Bar

Be one of the first to try out the new menu at casual Italian eatery Bardolino which is located upstairs at the Club and Spa, Cadbury House. Since opening last summer, Bardolino, which is another brainchild of Marco Pierre White, has proved popular with those looking for authentic Italian cuisine, delicious bellinis and signature coffees. A newly expanded menu has been launched just in time for Valentine’s Day, adding burgers, meat dishes, exciting starters and healthy options to the offering. The elegant surroundings provide a special setting for your romantic occasion but prices for dishes start at just £3.50 for starters and £8.50 for main courses. For a taste of Bardolino, book your Valentine’s table in advance.

TheSpa

A special couples massage package is available at the award-winning spa this Valentine’s Week. Book a full body massage in the couples suite and pick from a choice of three scented oil candles which will be lit and melted with the warm oils used to massage the back, legs, arms and shoulders. The oil candle will then be yours to take home. Book two massages and receive 20% off making it £104 for two. You can also upgrade the package to a full spa day with lunch for just £25 per person.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury is one of the South West’s favourite venues for special occasions, weddings and events.

A four-star boutique hotel which effortlessly combines the old country house with a contemporary hotel and restaurant, Cadbury House boasts spectacular panoramic views across the North Somerset countryside and benefits from free parking and great transport links.

Rebecca Bozeat-Manzi of Cadbury House, said: “We have put a lot of thought into this year’s Valentine’s offering and we’re confident love birds will have an amazing time with us.

“There is something to suit everyone from the sophisticated but lively Valentine’s Ball to the elegant and intimate dining option at Marco’s steakhouse and the more informal menu at Bardolino. Those who are looking to relax and unwind can enjoy a residential package or a rejuvenating spa treatment with their valentine.

“Valentine’s Day is always a popular time for us as couples really want to spend the occasion together somewhere which feels a little bit special.

“The backdrop of the hotel and the rolling North Somerset countryside is like no other and we’re proud to offer an elegant venue for people to get dressed up for and make special memories in.”

For more information or to book call 01934 834343 or visit www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk

Burns Night at Cadbury House

 

A traditional evening to celebrate Burns Night is returning to the region’s leading four-star hotel.

On Saturday, January 21, guests who attend will be able to celebrate with a four-course meal including haggis, neeps, tatties and whisky while entertainment will come from the 10-piece Shirley pipe band giving the evening a true Scottish flavour.

Raising money for the Guide Dog Association the event is organised by DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury.

After grace the supper will start with a traditional Scotch Broth. This will be followed by the arrival of the haggis which will be brought in on a large plate by the head chef supported by the pipers.

The cutting of the haggis will be accompanied by Burns' famous poem, Address To A Haggis with plenty of wee drams to help the proceedings go smoothly!

The party will continue with a disco until 1am and guests are asked to wear black tie.

 DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House operations manager Brady Smiith said: “Burns suppers are great occasions.

"There are lots of traditions and we hope to hold true to many of these during our own Burns night.

 “January is often quite a dull month so this event will give people something to look forward to and the black tie theme combined with the setting makes for a really fun, elegant night.

“It is also great to help support the Guide Dog Association and we hope to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy cause.

"Some of the puppies in training will even be parading on the evening.”

Tickets £35 per person for a four-course dinner and entertainment.

Overnight packages £165 for two people sharing.

For further information call 01934 834 343, email info@cadburyhouse.com or go online by clicking HERE.

2016

Wow they're award-winning fit!

A North Somerset-based health club and spa has won a prestigious award at a glittering ceremony in Leicester.

Voted by experts in the field of health, fitness and well-being, theclub and spa at Cadbury House came first in the highly-coveted 'health club of the year' category at the National Fitness Awards.
The awards, which were organised by Script Events and industry publication Workout, are now in it sseventh year and recognise excellence and achievement in all corners of the industry.
With clubs from as far afield as Northern Ireland and Scotland shortlisted, the breadth and quality of the competition was intense, however the judges decided that the Congresbury-based venue was the pick of the crop quoting it as ‘a stunning, top class facility’.
Cadbury group general manager Jason Eaton said: “This was a fabulous way to celebrate our 10th anniversary year and cap off what has been a very good 2016.
“This award is for everyone involved with the club including all the members and staff. We constantly strive to provide the best in health and well-being and to be recognised for that by our peers is a great achievement.
“The past 10 years has involved a lot of commitment and dedication by the whole team and I’d like to dedicate this award to them all.
 “We’ll now work even harder to make sure theclub and spa maintains its position as the best in the business and to give our members the service and facilities they deserve.
 “I’d also like to acknowledge Nick Taplin whose original vision and drive first gave North Somerset this superb facility and gave me the opportunity nine and a half years ago to manage this club.”

Jason and his team were joined in the photo line-up by boxer Ricky Hatton and TV personality Katie Bulmer-Cooke.
Judges, who visited the venue as part of the assessment, were particularly impressed by the range and quality of the facilities, classes and constant investment in new equipment and space for members.
This has included a new £350,000 spa extension which incorporates new quiet and relaxation area, sun deck, outside sauna and hot tub.

The venue also benefitted from the opening of the new Marco Pierre White Bardolino Pizzeria Espresso & Bellini Bar the first venue in the UK to offer this new take on casual dining.
Jason added: “By continually improving members and guests’ experience is what sets us apart from all other health clubs.
“There is nothing quite like theclub and spa at Cadbury House and we can now officially say we are the best in the whole of the UK.”
For further information on theclub and spa at Cadbury Houscall 01934 834343 or visit www.theclubandspabristol.co.uk.

Post Christmas workout for free at Cadbury

The doors of the region’s leading health club and spa will be opened for free this Boxing Day for anyone wanting to work off any festive excess.

Perfect for those who have over indulged or just want to get out of the house, the offer is open to anyone who books a table in the new Bardolino restaurant, which is located on site.

Whether it’s for brunch, lunch or evening meal, guests will be able to have a work out in the gym or swim in the pool while also enjoying the numerous hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms. Adults will also be able to get some peace and quiet in the child free, relaxation zone.

The offer is available at theclub and spa at Cadbury House in Congresbury which is renowned for its state-of-the-art facilities, luxurious pool and more recently the new Marco Pierre White Bardolino Pizzeria, Bellini and Espresso Bar.

The chance to have free reign of the world class facilities is now open to all on Monday, December 26, and is seen by bosses as the perfect respite from the hectic Christmas holidays.

Anna Smith, sales and operations manager at the health club said: “This is the ideal means for children to burn off some energy, while adults can either have a revitalising work out or perhaps indulge in the more relaxing elements of the club.

“Our new outdoor extension which includes a hot tub and sauna plus the quiet zone, is the perfect place to kick back and relax.

“Guests can then pop upstairs for a drink and bite to eat and take in the fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

“For those who haven’t been here before, this is a great chance to have a work out and see first-hand the superb facilities while sharing a meal with family or friends. The best thing is they won’t need to prepare the food or clear up afterwards meaning more time to enjoy themselves.

“Boxing Day here has always been popular and this year will be no exception so we’re advising to reserve a place early.”

The offer to use the health club facilities for free is open to those who book a table in the Bardolino Pizzeria, Bellini and Espresso Bar.

To reserve a place call 01934 834343 (option 6) or email Bardolino.info@bardolinobristol.com 

Marco Pierre White’s Christmas Dinner Guide:

The perfect potatoes and how to time your turkey

 

The thought of cooking Christmas dinner fills most of us with dread. It’s the crescendo to Christmas Day and everybody wants it to be superb. No need to panic, I’ve got a few essential tips for cooking the finest roast potatoes and timing the turkey perfectly.

 

The perfect roast potatoes

For my potatoes, I cook with clarified butter, which is very simple to make. Slowly heat 7oz/200g of chopped, unsalted butter in a pan. Discard the surface liquid (milk solids and water). The remaining golden liquid is clarified butter. Alternatively use duck/goose fat or sunflower oil.

Nine medium-sized potatoes will serve six people comfortably without being wasteful.

An hour before you plan to serve, put the chopped potatoes in a saucepan of unsalted cold water. Place on a high heat, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.

Meanwhile, put the clarified butter/fat into the roasting tin for the potatoes. I also sprinkle in a chicken stock cube – this provides seasoning so there is no need for salt. Heat the fat in the oven at 190C/gas mark 5.

At the first sign of cracks in the potatoes’ edges, remove them from the heat and drain. Remove the roasting tin from the oven and carefully place the hot potatoes into the fat, which should come up the edge of the potatoes. Baste them well with clarified butter or your turkey baste and return to your oven.

Do not touch the potatoes now until they are ready to be served, turning them may break them. Just leave them be.

 

Timing the turkey perfectly

Turkey size matters. A massive one won’t cook evenly. I buy one that weighs about 4.5kg, which will feed six with plenty to spare. Don’t stuff the bird – cook the stuffing separately. It slows down the cooking, so by the time the inner meat is cooked, the white meat on the outside will be overcooked and dry.

Morning: Remove the turkey from the fridge as it will need several hours to reach room temperature – a cold bird takes longer to cook.

11.30am: Set the oven to 190C/gas mark 5, allowing it half an hour to reach that temperature. Baste your turkey.

12 noon: Place the turkey in the oven, uncovered.

12.45pm: When the turkey is golden brown, remove it from the oven and cover it in tinfoil (to prevent it from browning further). Return it to the oven and continue to cook at 170C/gas mark 3. In total, the turkey should take between 90 minutes and two hours to cook.

1pm: Chop three onions in half, remove the outer layer of skin and place the halved onions into the roasting tin with the turkey. The onions will caramelise, adding sweetness and colour into the roasting juices.

1.30pm: Check the turkey. Remove it from the oven and insert a skewer into the thickest part of the bird – the breast behind the thigh. The temperature of the skewer represents the temperature inside the turkey; if it’s only slightly warm, it obviously needs longer. Do not be concerned if the juices are a little pink because the bird will continue cooking when it’s wrapped in foil. Return it to the oven.

2pm: By now your turkey should be ready. Lift it from the oven and quickly wrap it in tinfoil. During this rest period, the temperature remains high and will continue to cook. Don’t worry about it going cold, once wrapped in tinfoil, it will easily stay warm for up to two hours. Finish off your trimmings, then carve, and lastly, enjoy.

 

Want more of Marco this Christmas? Why not try one of his North Somerset restaurants?

Marco’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is the complete Christmas experience. Open every day of the festive season for Christmas lunch, dinner or a Festive Afternoon Tea. Christmas day, Boxing day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day are all covered with Marco’s signature style.

Bardolino Bristol found within the Club & Spa at Cadbury House has festivities with an Italian twist. The four-course feast is £55.

All can be booked at www.mpwrestaurants.com/christmas.

Dick Whittington A370 to Cadbury

Dick Whittington will be making a detour to Cadbury House in Congresbury this Christmas as part of the venue’s festive celebrations.

While there Dick and his faithful cat Elvis will entertain crowds at the annual pantomime which has become a firm favourite with families from across North Somerset.

On Tuesday, December 29, children and big people will enjoy getting to know the characters of Dick, Idle Jack, Sarah the cook and the evil Captain Blood during the show.

Ideal for children of all ages the pantomime is taking place in the venue’s Great Room from 2pm.

With tickets now on sale, those looking for ideas on how to keep the children entertained during the Christmas holidays are being advised to call now and reserve their seats.

Children eat free

 

Not only is the venue putting on the popular panto, but for those who also book a table in the new Bardolino Pizzeria on the same day, will be able to feed the kids for free when accompanied by paying adult.. 

It means mums, dads and grandparents can plan a full afternoon of entertainment while sorting out what to have for either lunch or dinner.

Jason Eaton, group general manager at the health club and spa said: “The legend of Dick Whittington says that he left his impoverished home to seek his fortune in London where the streets were paved with gold. It’s one of the all-time classics and is also based on a true story.

“Although the driveway at Cadbury House isn’t made of gold, the offer of children being able to eat for free in the new Bardolino is almost as good!

“Pantomime is so much fun for all the family and is a great thing to do together over the holidays and following the previous years’ success we’re really looking forward to this performance.

“By adding the meal offer, we hope to see lots of faces, old and new, to enjoy this fantastic afternoon out. With loads of interaction there’s going to be a lot of noise and fun.”

Tickets £6 adults, £4.50 children aged 16 and under for members and £7 adults and/ £5.50 children  non-members.For further ticket information call 01934 834343 option 4 and to reserve a table in Bardolino call 01934 834 343 option 6 or click HERE.

North Somerset award-winning vintage on wine list

Corks are set to pop at the south west’s leading four-star hotel which has taken stock of a vintage sparkling wine from a vineyard located just down the road.

The deal now means guests at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury can enjoy and celebrate with the multi-award winning Sutton Ridge, English Sparkling Wine.

Having already developed a reputation for creating some of the country’s finest wines, the family-owned Sutton Ridge vineyard is located in the heart of North Somerset's beautiful Yeo Valley and less than 10 miles from the popular hotel.

A keen supporter of stocking local produce, Cadbury House already serves food and drink from many local farmers, brewers and growers and is always on the lookout for new items so that guests can enjoy the wide range of food and drink from the area.

Bosses at the venue are now looking forward to sharing the double medal-winning wine that is described as having ‘great character and complexity’.

Cadbury House operations manager Brady Smith said: “This is a superb addition to our wine list.

"To have something that is so local to the hotel is great for our guests looking to celebrate in style.

“Not only does it help reduce the level of transport needed to bring this sort of wine to the venue but supports local business not only through sales but by exposure to those who stay or visit here.

“It also gives our guests the chance to try something new and local, away from the normally accepted Champagne or sparkling wine.”

Using hand-picked Pinot Noir and Seyval Blanc grapes, a traditional method of fermentation is used before the wine is given a minimum of two years to age.

And it seems this method is working with the 11.5 per cent wine having received both a bronze and silver medal form the UK vineyards association.

COOK BOOK: And here is one I made earlier - the godfather of British cuisine, Marco Pierre White, at guest at cookbook launch at Cadbury house

Marco Pierre While unveils new cook book at Sunday lunch date

The godfather of British cuisine, Marco Pierre White, is launching his new cookbook Essentially Marco at his Congresbury restaurant on Sunday, October 30.

The exclusive UK book launch is at  the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House where fans are invited to meet the man himself and enjoy a three-course lunch.

The book, which Marco describes as being 'perfect for the home cook', is yet to be released in the UK, meaning guests will be some of the first to get their hands on it.

Essentially Marco, promises to remove all the complications of cooking to deliver clear-cut, fuss-free recipes for comfort food favourites and restaurant classics.

Sharing heaps of cooking tricks and tips, Marco serves a feast of easy-to-make dishes, stripping away the time-consuming elements of professional cooking.

With stunning food photography by Chris Terry, Essentially Marco is divided into four sections:

  • starters;

  • fish;

  • meat; and

  • puddings.

There are recipes for every palate and occasion, whether it's the celebratory roast, the family meal on a summer's day, a romantic supper for two, or a hearty, warming dish for a wintry night.

Guests attending the launch event will receive a book to be personally signed by Marco, an arrival cocktail, a three-course lunch and entertainment from local Jazz duo Sax in the City.

Marco said: “The idea behind Essentially Marco is to show people that they don’t need to be a professional chef in order to create delicious and hearty dishes that can feed the whole family.

“A lot of the dishes I cover in my latest cookbook can be easily prepared at home, and guests at MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Bristol will be able to experience some of these cooking techniques during my visit.”

Cadbury House general manager Colin Badcock said: “We are so excited to be welcoming Marco back this October.

"His events are always really popular and the fact that this is the official UK launch of his new book, which isn’t available in this country yet, makes it all the more exciting.

“Those who wish to book a table for the event will be treated to a VIP afternoon of food, fizz and fun with the cherry on the top being a meet and greet with Marco himself.

“Marco is known as the Godfather of modern cooking and this visit could provide the perfect opportunity for you to get your hands on a really unique and special Christmas present for loved ones.

"A personalised signed cookbook from Marco Pierre White is sure to go

down well.”

The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill is located within the DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House hotel and features an elegant dining room, a stylish bar and a contemporary Garden Room, which boasts panoramic views of the North Somerset countryside.

Colin added: “In the past our exclusive Marco lunches have been held during weekdays so this is the first weekend event we have held.

"As such, we expect it to be a sell out and would encourage Marco fans and anyone interested in joining us to book up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

The Sunday dinner date is at 12.30pm until 3pm.

One guest with one book is £39.50 per person, two guests with one book is £65.00 per couple and six guests with three books is £195.00 per table.

All guests will also receive an arrival cocktail and three-course lunch with coffee.

To book call 01934 839019 or email info@mpwsteakhousebristol.com.

Marco's second supper sitting

In the evening celebrity chef Marco Pierre White will be at his recently opened restaurant Bardolino on Sunday 30 October.

Marco will also be signing copies of his new cookbook Essentially Marco at the upstair venue.

And guests will also enjoy a three-course dinner and a glass of bubbly at the exclusive event.

Bardolino manager Murray Whittington said: “This is the first major event we have hosted at Bardolino since we opened back in June and we’re so excited to be putting on such an exclusive evening for our customers.

“Not only will guests enjoy a three course dinner from our a la carte menu of delicious pizza, pasta and speciality dishes, they will also have the chance to chat with Marco and have their complimentary cookbook signed.

“Bardolino is a cosy, intimate restaurant so it’s going to feel really special for our guests.

"We’re hoping people who haven’t had a chance to come and try us out yet, will take this opportunity to do so.”

Taking its name from the birthplace of Marco’s mother, Bardolino is the new ‘ultra-casual’ restaurant located within theclubandspa at Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

Pizza and pasta are star dishes on the menu of authentic Italian food which also features specialty coffees and Bellinis.  

The evening event is from 5.30pm until 9pm with bookings being taken for two dining times – 5.30pm and 7.45pm.

Tickets are £39.50 per person or £65.00 per couple. 

Advance booking and pre-payment is required.

Call Bardolino on 01934 834343 option 6 or email 

Bardolino.info@bardolinobristol.com to make a reservation.

Vote online for Cadbury spa

The spa at Cadbury House has been nominated for a national award but to win its needs online votes.

With the winners being decided by the public through an open ballot, customers of thespa at Cadbury House are now being called upon to cast their vote so that the Congresbury-based venue comes top of the polls.

Organised by the Good Spa Guide Awards, the popular spa has been shortlisted in the Best Spa for Value category with the winners being announced on Tuesday, November 15, at a gala dinner at the Telford International Centre.

With voting opening on Saturday, October 1, spa manager Amy Weston is calling on customers and members of the highly-rated venue to get online and lend their support for the spa which celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier in the year.

Amy said: “It’s been quite a year for the spa at Cadbury House.

"Not only did we open a brand new outdoor area but we also celebrated our 10th birthday.

“To have the chance to win a national award would be the icing on the cake and we want everyone who has visited or used our facilities to get involved and cast their vote.

“It’s a little different that the general public will decide who will be the national award winners so the more people who vote the better chance we have of winning.”

Voting will close at midnight on Monday, October 31, and anyone wanting to support Amy and her team can do so by clicking HERE

Funfair rides and fireworks

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House hosts its ninth annual Fireworks Night on Saturday, October 29.

Organised by the health club and spa, the grounds of the four-star venue in Congresbury’s, North Somerset, will be transformed with fantastic fairground rides and stalls for the kids.

A firm favourite with families, the evening is due to go off at 5pm including fairground rides, popcorn, barbecue and a drinks tent.

The evening will go out with a bang at 6:45pm when a spectacular fireworks display will set the sky ablaze.

Health club general manager Jason Eaton said “This is our ninth annual fireworks night which has become a firm favourite with those looking for a safe and fun night out.

“For those with smaller children the fun fair rides and stalls will keep them entertained while the firework display is always a great finale.

“The response of the community is always fantastic, and we hope this year’s display will be our best one yet!”

Tickets for the event cost £5 for adults, £4 for members, and £3 for children, £2 for members, children under three get in free.

To get tickets call 01934 834343 (option 4) or go online by clicking HERE

Health club in running for national awards

 

Our favourite local independent health club and spa has been shortlisted for a brace of national awards.

Called the National Fitness Awards (NFA), it is organised by Workout magazine and is regarded as being one of the highest accolades for those involved in the sector, recognising excellence and achievement in health clubs and gyms throughout the country.

The management team from theclub at Cadbury House in Congresbury is now hoping it can beat off the competition from across the UK in both the Health Club of the Year - the most coveted at the awards – and Community Club of the year categories,.

The award ceremony on Friday, December 2, is hosted by former champion boxer Ricky Hatton and Katie Bulmer-Cooke who appeared on The Apprentice.

Jason Eaton, group general manager at theclub said: “Once again theclub and spa at Cadbury House has been recognised for providing its members with one of the best experiences in terms of health and well-being from right across the UK.

“We’ve invested heavily during the past 12 months culminating in the opening of the new spa extension and outside seating area plus opening of the new Bardolino restaurant.

“In addition we’ve invested countless hours out in the community promoting the importance of fitness and healthy eating across schools and community groups.

“Let’s hope that the team here now go one step further and take the accolades in December as it’ll be a great testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved at theclub.”

NFA director Judith Halkerston said: “The quality and quantity of National Fitness Awards’ entries just keep improving year on year and everyone who has been shortlisted this year should be really proud of their achievement so far as competition was so strong and standards so high."

Good after dinner sport

English rugby supporters and fans of sport in general are being invited to an entertaining evening of anecdotes from one of the games more colourful characters.

On Friday, October 28, Mark ‘Ronnie’ Regan will be hosting a three-course dinner followed by an ‘on the couch’ session where he will reveal the secrets about playing international rugby and the darker arts of the front row union!

Having graced the game for Bristol, Bath, England and the British Lions on the successful tour of South Africa in 1997, the effervescent Regan  was at the forefront of one of England’s golden ages when they dominated the six nations and won the world cup.

Raising money for Charlton Farm and Weston Hospice Care the event at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in North Somerset master of ceremonies will be Somerset and England cricketer Peter Trego.

Cadbury House general manager Colin Badcock said: “Mark was one of the best known players during the 90s and early 2000s.

"His passion for club and country was clearly evident when on the pitch and he’d never take a step backwards.

“Off it however he is one of the most approachable and delightful people I’ve ever met and it’s great that he is channelling his energy towards raising money for these two fantastic charities.

“The evening promises to be a great event and I’m sure Mark will have some fabulous and hilarious stories.

"I’m sure as well he’ll be as frank and straight forward with any questions from the audience, just like he was in his playing days.”

The evening will also include an auction of sporting memorabilia with proceeds going to the two charities.

Tickets are £49 per person.

To reserve a place call 01934 834343 (option 1) or email 

info@cadburyhouse.com.

Cadbury hotel pitstop

Riders from this year’s Tour of Britain road cycling race stopped off at the south west’s leading four-star hotel in between stages six and seven of the country’s largest free-to-spectate sporting event.

With stage six of the race finishing on Dartmoor on Friday, September 9, DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury was seen as the perfect stop off point for a number of the elite teams to rest up before the race commenced on the streets of Bristol the next day.

Including Wiggins Group, the GB National Team, Madison Genesis, Bardiani CSF, the riders and team members made the most of the luxurious and peaceful surroundings allowing them to recover in between stages of the gruelling 1281.6km tour.

Hotel general manager Colin Badcock said: “With Team GB dominating the Olympic cycling and the likes of Chris Froome, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish making Tour de France history, cycling in the UK has flourished.

“Being close to the M5 and an easy drive into the centre of Bristol makes the venue an obvious choice for a range of customer.

"We’re geared up to host every sort of request and because we’ve got plenty of space means the impressive tour buses could park up with the minimum of fuss.

“At Cadbury House we’ve got our own bikes on site so that guests can saddle up and go out and enjoy local attractions, including the popular Strawberry Line bike trail, without having to use the car.”

For further online information click HERE or call 01934 834343.

PHOTOS: From top left Sir Bradley Wiggins, group general manager Jason Eaton checks out the Wiggins' bike said to be worth more than £10,000 and top table laid for team

Happy 10th birthday to Cadbury House health club

The club & spa at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House was founded in 1996 by local entrepreneur Nick Taplin and has gone on to become one of the UK’s leading health clubs and spas with more than 4,000 members.

 In the past 10 years the award winning venue in Congresbury has become renowned for its innovative schemes, investment in cutting edge equipment and stylish facilities.

Representing an investment of more than £6 million, it has recently added a new Marco Pierre White restaurant brand, Bardolino, to its offering; the first in the UK to open.

Group general manager Jason Eaton said: “We’ve had an amazing 10 years since launching and it has been fantastic to celebrate our achievements with staff and of course our members, many of whom have been with us from the very beginning.

“What started off as one of Nick Taplin’s ambitious ideas has become one of the region’s most successful business stories and has really made its mark within the fitness industry.

“From the moment Colin Jackson officially opened the club we knew we were on to something special and it’s been great to see both the club and spa develop and become renowned for offering top quality services.

“Everyone who works here is immensely proud of what we’ve achieved and we always joke that we’ve got orange blood because of the orange branding everywhere!

“We’ve invested in the best technology including the latest Artis and Technogym equipment and we’re constantly looking for new ways to grow and offer our members more.” 

Features incude a cutting edge gym, studio classes, luxurious 20-metre pool, steam room, sauna and hot tub.

The new £350,000 spa extension has added further to the venue’s appeal with a new relaxation room, outdoor hot tub and terrace.

 Taking in views across the North Somerset countryside, the club can be found within the grounds of the Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House hotel.

KIDS GO FREE summer holiday treat

Children eat FREE this summer holiday at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill. 

Go on - treat the whole family!

This offer at the MPW restaurant at Cadbury House, Congresbury, is available to under 12s having a two-course meal from the children’s menu with every full paying adult and is limited to three children for every two adults subject to availability.

Additional courses are charged at full price and beverages are not included. Booking is advised but not essential.

Please mention this offer upon booking or seating.

It excludes Sunday lunch and is valid until Sunday, September 4.

For full terms and conditions click HERE.

Catch a poke!

The statue outside the health club at Cadbury House at Congresbury apparently is a ‘Poke Stop’.

It’s on the radar got with the Pokemon Go craze sweeping the country and lots of people are turning up looking to catch the augmented reality critters.

A Cadbury spokesman said: "Naturally people are welcome to stop for a drink or bite to eat while exploring."

Early bird Christmas offers at festive Cadbury House

DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House, Bristol and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill Christmas brochure has arrived!
For the ultimate in style and four star luxury this festive period, DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House Hotel and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill are the perfect place to celebrate Christmas with family and friends.

  • Joiner Parties from only £19.50; and

  • Marco Pierre White lunches from only £21.50

Book now and receive fabulous early bird Christmas offers.
For further information or to book contact the Christmas co-ordinator by calling 01934 834 343 (option 1) or email info@cadburyhouse.com or go online by clicking HERE.

To download the Christmas brochure click on image.

Triple award for therapists

Three beauty therapists at thespa at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House are celebrating after receiving awards from Weston College.

Charlotte Rogers, aged 18, is a Level 3 beauty apprentice at the Congresbury spa and won student of the year at the award ceremony.

Jessica Saundry, 26, won Level 3 holistic student of the year and apprentice Rebecca Whiting, 25, won excellent progression in functional skills.

All three are working at the award-winning spa while gaining qualifications at Weston College.

 thespa manager Amy Weston, said: “We couldn’t be more proud that Charlotte, Jessica and Rebecca have all won awards, and they are so well deserved.

“All three of the girls have shown commitment, passion and a huge amount of talent since joining the team at thespa so we’re very lucky to have them on board.

"With a varied treatment menu and a busy schedule of regular clients, spa and hen parties and hotel clients we rely on a strong team to make sure guests have a memorable experience every time.

“I’m looking forward to helping the girls develop their skills and win more awards in the future.”

 thespa has recently undergone a £350,000 extension adding a relaxation room, outdoor hot tub and terrace to its offering.

Marco Pierre White has also added a new Italian restaurant brand, Bardolino, to the adjoining health club meaning spa goers can enjoy a glass of bellini and a pizza during their visit.

 For more information visit www.theclubandspa.co.uk

Gentlemen of Verona

Marco Pierre White was in North Somerset to officially launch the first of his brand new “ultra-casual" dining concept.

Called Bardolino Pizzeria Bellini and Espresso Bar the new restaurant has now opened at theclub at Cadbury House, North Somerset.

Taking its name from the town of Marco’s mother’s birth, Bardolino, a town in located in the Italian region of Veneto, it features an all-day express menu of authentic Italian food, coffees and Bellinis.

Open to both members and non-members, the restaurant has a distinct rustic feel and the eclectic mix of chairs and tables coupled with the magnificent views out across the North Somerset countryside gives diners real sense of being in Italy.

Jason Eaton, group general manager at theclub, said: "It was great to have Marco here to launch this new restaurant. It is a brand that is very close to his heart and we’re sure it’s going to be a hit with members as well as non-members to the health club, all of whom are welcome to eat here any time of the day.

"The concept is designed to offer a fresh alternative, where authentic, uncomplicated food served promptly is the norm.

“The interior is vibrant and a little bit quirky with the décor reflecting both old and the new.

"Add to that the stunning views of the North Somerset countryside and we’ve got the perfect combination to make this a dining experience to remember.”

Speaking of the new venture, White said: “What I like about Bardolino is that it tells you exactly what it is in the name. It’s pizza, it’s coffee, it’s a bar.

“We lead such busy lives our favourite past time must be escapism.

"A lot of today’s restaurant habits are about casual dining, so casual spaces are really important.

"I like casual and I like affordable and that is what you get with Bardolino.

“The most important aspect of any restaurant is the environment you’re sat.

"The lighting, the music, the staff all play their part.

"Food is almost fourth on the list.

“Bardolino is all about simple, authentic Italian food.

"It’s recognisable dishes served in a comfortable and relaxed setting.”

Customers can expect a variety of authentic stone-baked pizzas from the Zingara with Italian sausage, mushrooms, mozzrella and truffle oil to the Bresaola e Mozzarella with cured beef, beef tomatoes and rocket pecorino.

Homemade pasta also features including favourites such as Cannelloni, Lasagna Bolognese and Baked Meatballs alla Napoletana.

For those looking to start off the day in true Italian style there is also serves a breakfast and brunch menu that includes ‘Marco’s Breakfast’ a delicious combination that includes Italian styled sausages, crisp pancetta, free-range eggs, Tuscan bread, button mushrooms, vine tomatoes and cannelloni beans.

For more information click HERE please visit  or email info@bardolinobristol.co.uk.

  • On the same day Marco launched Bardolino which is upstairs at the fitness club and spa he did a special book signing for dinners sampling his new summer menu at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill in the next door hotel. Nailsea people went along - to read the review click HERE

  • Pictured top from left are club general manager Jason Eaton, mangaging director Nick Taplin, Marco Pierre White and restaurant manager Murray Whittington

London to Paris on our bikes

Jason Eaton, group general manager at theclub, Cadbury House in Congresbury and Nick Taplin, owner of the four-star hotel and health club and chairman of Black & White Hospitality rode 320 miles (or 500km) from London to Paris.

Setting off from Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park on Thursday, May 19, they peddled their way through Kent towards Folkestone.

After a short trip through the Eurotunnel they’ll then passed through classic countryside in the Pas de Calais and Somme regions of Northern France finishing off by the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The pair were accompanied by other members of the Black & White Hospitality team including Shezan Aslam, Caroline Wilce, Julian Hook, Jack Eglington and Owen Hollingdale.

The group has so far raised more than £18,500 for the charity but are calling on more donations so they reach the £20,000 target.

Jason said: “It was an amazing experience.

"The set off from Greenwich with hundreds of other cyclists was a site to behold.

"The hardest section was from London to Folkstone but once we arrived in France the cycling levelled out a bit more.

“The ride into Paris was also an unforgettable experience although it was a little damp on our arrival.

“We’d like to thank as well everyone who has so far donated but really want to hit the £20,000 mark.”

Nick said: “This is by far the hardest thing that I have ever done, but by far the most rewarding and for such a good and worthy cause.”

Cure leukaemia funds a network of research nurses to help save lives of leukaemia patients. It also part funds the World Class Centre of Excellence for Clinical Haematology at the QE Hospital in Birmingham, offering new life saving drugs & treatments to blood cancer patients.

To donate click HERE.

Make a wedding date at Cadbury

Engaged couples are being invited to view one of the region’s top wedding venues at a special event where they can pick up inspiration and meet with professional local wedding suppliers.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is opening its doors on Sunday, June 12, for visitors to see the sought-after wedding venue in all its glory, dressed for special nuptials.

Guests will also enjoy free drinks and canapes, exclusive book-on-the-day offers and goody bags for the first 25 new brides.

The venue’s wedding co-ordinators will be on hand for ours and advice.

 A host of local suppliers will be in attendance including photographers, florists, stationers, DJs, vintage car hire specialists and hair and make-up artists so couples planning their big day can find a preferred supplier to suit their needs.

The wedding team is encouraging visitors to make a day of it and enjoy a meal in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse with a special 20 per cent off discount when visiting the open day.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House dedicated wedding coordinator Alice Grant said: “We’re right in the middle of wedding season so now is a great time to come and view Cadbury House in its full splendour!

2The views from our outdoor gazebo across North Somerset are breathtaking on a summer’s day and guests can enjoy a drink on our terrace to get a feel for what their celebrations would be like.

“Our venue is perfect for a summer wedding with lovely outdoor space as well as the option to move the ceremony indoors if needs be.

“We’ve also got some fantastic onsite facilities including a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, health club and spa and hairdressers.

“We’re looking forward to meeting couples who are looking for their dream venue as well as those who may want to come and chat to suppliers.

“All the wedding team including me will be on hand all day for help, advice and inspiration.”

 Renowned for its stunning views and contemporary boutique style, the four-star hotel has become one of the most popular wedding venues in the region.

 With several rooms licensed to hold both Civil Marriage Ceremonies and Commitment Ceremonies those wanting to create a real 'wow' on their special day could consider an alfresco ceremony in the thatched gazebo, with spectacular panoramic views stretching out across the North Somerset countryside and Bristol Channel.

Including all the latest interior trends, colours and fabrics, the capacity of the Great Room has risen allowing it to host much larger events with up to 350 guests being seated comfortably.

The open day runs from 11am-3pm, is free admission and there is free parking on-site.

For further details call Alice on 01934 837 248 or email weddings@cadburyhouse.com.

 For more information about DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House click HERE.

Cadbury apprentice best in business

Weston College apprentice Madeleine Wood is the best outstanding service industries apprentice of the year and that's official.
Madeleine who is studying a business administration apprenticeship at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House was chosen as the category winner by a panel of judges at the Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship Awards.

Madeleine said: “Winning was such an amazing experience as it showed me how well I had done, not only to impress my colleagues at work for them to put me up for the award but the judging panel of the Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship Awards to have chosen me out of all the other applicants.

“I still don’t think it’s really sunk in that I have won the award!”

Executive director of apprenticeships and commercial strategy Liz Redwood said: “A huge congratulations to Madeleine and all the other award winners.

“It was such a fantastic evening and it was great to see apprentices and businesses coming together to celebrate remarkable achievements.”

The awards ceremony was at the Bristol Mariott City Centre Hotel.

Weston College has been identified as one of the best college in the country, winning both College of the Year and Overall FE Provider of the Year at the 2015 TES Awards.

At its most recent Ofsted inspection the College was awarded the highest possible rating – outstanding – ranking it officially among the top-performing colleges in the country

In November 2015, the College was awarded University Centre status in partnership with the University of the West of England, building on its existing University Centre status with Bath Spa University

In 2015 99 pre cent of Weston College students passed their A-levels, with 27 per cent achieving A*-A grades and 95 per cent of adults on Access to HE were offered places at university.

Weston College works closely with more than 2,500 employers throughout the region, ensuring it equips its students with the specific skills employers want

Weston College has invested heavily in providing the best possible educational environment, ensuring, where applicable, that students use professional, industry-standard, equipment and facilities.

Marco's new menu

 

Diners at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill within the DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House hotel at Congresbury are set to be spoilt for choice, as the popular restaurant has unveiled its brand new menu.

Designed by Marco himself, the new menu features classic dishes made using a range of seasonal ingredients.

Known for his love of simple traditional cooking, diners can explore a new range of starters, main courses and desserts.

Steak remains at the heart of the new menu, all sourced from Royal Warrant appointed butcher, Campbell Brothers.

Alongside classic cuts including fillet, rib-eye and Chateaubriand, Côte de Boeuf from the Duke of Buccleuch Estates is a brand new sharing option for diners to enjoy.

Inspired by classic British dishes and reflecting Marco’s passion for simplicity, there’s also a range of exciting new main courses aside from steak.

From Pork Belly Marco Polo, to Seared Yellowfin Tuna Steak and The Steakhouse Burger, the new menu is filled with favourites designed to always stand the test of time.

Elsewhere on the menu, diners can choose from an extensive range of starters, including Marco’s Lobster Macaroni, Welsh Rarebit with Poached Egg and Crème Du Barry, whilst a selection of sides, including Wilted Baby Spinach and Garlic Button Mushrooms, provide the perfect accompaniment.

For those with a sweet tooth, the new menu also delivers an exciting selection of new desserts, including Mr White’s Rice Pudding and The Box Tree’s Eton Mess. Not forgetting the old favourites, the Classic Knickerbocker Glory, Cambridge Burnt Cream and New York Baked Cheesecake also feature on the refreshed menu.

MPW business development manager Rebecca Bozeat-Manzi said: “We are thrilled to launch our brand new menu, which combines some of our most popular dishes with a host of exciting new additions, all reflecting Marco’s passion for classic food done well.

“A new menu gives our returning diners something else to look forward to on their next visit, as well as giving people who have never joined us before the perfect excuse to plan their visit.”

The new menu is now available at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill.

Book your table online by clicking HERE or call 01934 839019.

Marco Pierre White to add Italian flavour

 

Marco Pierre White has unveiled plans for a new 'ultra-casual' dining concept known as Bardolino Pizzeria Bellini and Espresso bar.

One of the first outlets will now open at theclub at Cadbury House, North Somerset in June.

The restaurant takes its name from the town of Marco’s mother’s birth, Bardolino and will feature an all-day express menu of authentic Italian food, coffees and Bellinis.

As the name suggests, pizza will be the star dish, however, the restaurant will also focus on Italy’s other classic plate – pasta.

Speaking of the new venture, Marco said: “Bardolino represents affordable, friendly and casual dining with recognisable family favourites and classic Italian dishes.

“I truly believe that Italian food is affordable and delicious.

“Bardolino is a restaurant concept created for both discerning diners and aspirational families alike. After all, pasta is a child’s favourite food.”

Restaurant goers can expect a variety of authentic stone-baked pizzas from the Zingara with ham, mushrooms and truffle oil to the Bresaola e Mozzarella with cured beef, tomatoes and mozzarella.

The menu also boasts homemade pasta dishes that have all been created using some of Italy’s finest ingredients.

Bardolino will be operated under licence from the celebrity chef's Black & White Hospitality business, which plans to roll out the concept in further locations during the next two years.

Nick Taplin, CEO and owner at Black & White Hospitality, said: "Bardolino is sure to be a hit with club members as well as day-time and evening diners.

"A lot has changed in the past few years and the demand for casual dining has become increasingly popular.

"A trend we believe is here to stay. 

"This concept is designed to offer a fresh alternative, where authentic, uncomplicated food served promptly is absolutely essential.

“The setting, although influenced by a rustic Italian village, will be vibrant and a little bit quirky with the décor reflecting both old and the new.”

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Bosses on Congresbury to Paris charity bike ride

 

Bosses from the South West’s leading hotel and health club are preparing to take part in a gruelling four-day bike ride to raise money for Cure Leukaemia.

Jason Eaton, group general manager at theclub, Cadbury House in Congresbury and Nick Taplin, owner of the four-star hotel and health club and chairman of Black & White Hospitality now want to raise at least £15,000 as they plan to ride 320 miles (or 500km) from London to Paris.

The dynamic duo will set off from Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park on Thursday, May 19, peddling their way through Kent towards Folkestone.

After a short trip through the Eurotunnel they’ll then pass through classic countryside in the Pas de Calais and Somme regions of Northern France finishing off by the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The pair will be accompanied by other members of the Black & White Hospitality team including Shezan Aslam, Caroline Wilce, Julian Hook, Jack Eglington and Owen Hollingdale.

Jason said: “We’re all trying to train as much as possible but more importantly trying to get as much sponsorship as we can from our friends and colleagues!

“I imagine it will be a little tiring however the pain in our legs will be nothing in comparison to what those who are having treatment go through and is one of the motivations that we’ll keep at the back of our minds during the ride and will no doubt keep us going.

“To ride down the same roads as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome when they won the yellow jersey in the Tour De France will be an amazing experience and one which we will remember forever.”

Cure leukaemia funds a network of research nurses to help save lives of leukaemia patients. It also part funds the World Class Centre of Excellence for Clinical Haematology at the QE Hospital in Birmingham, offering new life saving drugs & treatments to blood cancer patients.

To support Jason, Nick and the team click HERE to go to their Just Giving page.

Wedding day inspiration

 

Engaged couples are being invited to view one of the region’s top wedding venues for a special event where they can pick up inspiration and meet with professional local wedding suppliers.

The popular Wedding Open Day returns to DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House on Sunday, April 17, from 11am-3pm, where visitors will also enjoy drinks, canapes and exclusive discounts and treats.

The venue’s wedding co-ordinators will be on hand for tours and advice and a host of local suppliers will be in attendance including photographers, florists, stationers, DJs, vintage car hire specialists and hair and make-up artists.

Couples who book the venue and pay a deposit on the day will receive a Magnum of Lanson White Champagne and the first 25 brides to arrive will also receive a special good bag to take away.

Renowned for its stunning views and contemporary boutique style, the four-star hotel has become one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the region.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House’s dedicated wedding coordinator Alice Grant said: “We’re fast heading into wedding season with many couples busy planning their big day.

"We hope our event will be a huge help to those looking to meet some fantastic local suppliers and get some inspiration.

“Couples who are looking for a venue to book as well as couples who have already booked with us will benefit from meeting with our team and viewing the venue in all its glory.

"We’ll have ceremony set-ups, reception set-ups and all function rooms available to view.

“We’re also laying on canapés and drinks to make an already exciting experience, even more special.

“We know that a wedding is one of the most important occasions in a person’s life so we really want to make sure it is absolutely perfect and as stress-free as possible for them.

“Myself and the rest of the wedding team are on hand for every step of the process and can give as much or as little help as a couple needs.

"We offer the complete package here and I absolutely love being part of such a special event. 

"I’m looking forward to meeting some new brides-to-be at the open day.”

With several rooms licensed to hold both Civil Marriage Ceremonies and Commitment Ceremonies those wanting to create a real 'wow' on their special day could consider an alfresco ceremony in the thatched gazebo, with spectacular panoramic views stretching out across the North Somerset countryside and Bristol Channel.

Including all the latest interior trends, colours and fabrics, the capacity of the Great Room has risen allowing it to host much larger events with up to 350 guests being seated comfortably.

The Open Day runs from 11am-3pm, is free admission and there is free parking on-site.

For further details call Alice on 01934 837248 or email weddings@cadburyhouse.com.

Come into Garden Room official opening

 

A luxury addition has been made to the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Congresbury with the official opening of its £200,000 Garden Room.

This week saw a special launch event with Miss Bristol International, Gabriella Papp, cutting the ribbon to mark the occasion.

Guests enjoyed bubbly and canapes, live music and a live cooking demonstration on Keith Floyd’s historic oven which stands proud in the room.

The Garden Room, which adjoins the restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, provides additional dining and private event space for up to 50 guests, and boasts breathtaking views across the North Somerset countryside.

Guests at the Congresbury eatery near Nailsea will be able to enjoy al fresco dining overlooking the spectacular views and gardens thanks to the state-of-the-art design which features an infinity glass front, a rain sensitive retractable roof and down heaters.

Located on a large section of the sun terrace outside the restaurant the addition means customers at the restaurant and hotel will be able to enjoy an al fresco drink, light bite or one of Marco’s famous steaks all year round.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House general manager Colin Badcock said: “The Garden Room has been a wonderful addition to our offering here at Cadbury House and Marco Pierre White’s and we’re delighted to have officially launched the space with a glittering celebration.

“Luckily we were blessed with a gorgeous evening, complete with impressive sunset, which made showing off the open space easy.

“It adds yet another dimension to our offering here and the views from the terrace are second-to-none. On a balmy summer evening sitting in the conservatory with a glass of wine and good food will be an unforgettable experience.

“Many of our customers come here for a special occasion and the new space will be available for private hire including parties, wedding receptions and conference dinners.”

Gabriella is being sponsored by the hotel and restaurant during her time as Miss Bristol International 2016 and while she competes in the UK Power Pageant.

Officially opening the new space, she said: “I am so impressed with the new Garden Room, the views and twinkling lights make it such a lovely setting and I can’t wait to bring my family and friends to enjoy an evening here.”

For menus and further information on the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill Bristol go online by clicking HERE or call 01934 839019.

New apprentice at Cadbury spa

 

A North Somerset college student has been given the opportunity to join the team at the award-winning spa within DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

Charlotte Rogers, aged 18, of Clevedon, has been recruited as apprentice beauty therapist at thespa which is located within the grounds of the four-star Congresbury hotel.

Having already achieved an NVQ 2 qualification in beauty therapy at Weston College, Charlotte will train for her NVQ 3 qualification at the spa, which offers an extensive treatment programme including massages, facials, waxing, tanning and nail treatments.

Charlotte said: “To be able to carry out my qualifications at a spa like this one is amazing.

"The customer service and the treatments available here are second to none so I’m really lucky to be learning from the team.

“I love being able to pamper people and make them feel special and I’m really looking forward to trying out some of the new technology the spa has invested in including the electrical facial.

“The extension has just been completed too, so it’s a really exciting time to work here.”

The spa and health club has recently undergone a major extension to add a new quiet and relaxation area, sun deck, outdoor sauna and hot tub plus eating area as well as relaxing hanging cocoons for guests to chill out in.

Spa manager Amy Weston said: “We’re so pleased to have Charlotte joining our growing team.

"Already her hard work, passion and enthusiasm is proving a winning combination and her attention to detail when looking after clients is brilliant. 

“thespa is a luxury venue which offers some of the best treatments in the area and we really pride ourselves on providing every customer with a relaxing, rejuvenating and luxurious break, even if it’s only for an hour.

“We are only able to do this by employing the very best team members so we’re pleased that Charlotte is doing so well.

"It’s also great to be able to support a local apprenticeship scheme and nurture the talent of aspiring therapists.”

Set within the grounds of DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House thespa offers the very latest in spa treatments, relaxing spa days and, hen parties and overnight breaks.

The treatment menu is packed with everything from facials and massages to spray tans and gel nails.

For more information or to book at thespa click HERE.

GARDEN ROOM: Left masterchef Marcus Pierre White hots a book signing in the Garden Room and right it is all ready for a private function. When the sun is shinning the room retracts to let in the warm rays - roll on!

An invitation to official opening of garden room

 

Guests are being invited to attend the official launch celebration of the new Garden Room conservatory at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

The special event is on Thursday, March 10, when guests can drop in for canapes and bubbly between 5.30-7pm.

The evening will include a cocktail bar, live music and a live cooking demonstration on Keith Floyd’s historic oven.

Those who wish to enjoy a full a la carte dinner will receive a 50 per cent discount off of all dining in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill.   

The Garden Room, which has been recently completed, represents a £200,000 investment, providing additional dining and private event space for up to 50 guests, and boasting breathtaking views across the North Somerset countryside.

Guests at the Congresbury eatery will be able to enjoy al fresco dining overlooking the spectacular views and gardens thanks to the state-of-the-art design which features an infinity glass front, a rain sensitive retractable roof and down heaters.

Located on a large section of the sun terrace outside the restaurant the addition means customers at the restaurant and hotel will be able to enjoy an al fresco drink, light bite or one of Marco’s famous steaks all year round.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House general manager Colin Badcock said: “The Garden Room has been a wonderful addition to our offering here at Cadbury House and Marco Pierre White’s and we’re delighted to be officially launching the space with a glittering celebration.

“It adds yet another dimension to our offering here and the views from the terrace are second-to-none. On a balmy summer evening sitting in the conservatory with a glass of wine and good food will be an unforgettable experience.

“Many of our customers come here for a special occasion and the new space will be available for private hire including parties, wedding receptions and conference dinners.

“The event is going to be very special with lots of nibbles and drinks for guests who join us.

"We’re hoping that the springtime weather won’t let us down and that we can showcase how spectacular the room is.”

Guests to the event will also be entered into a prize draw to win some fabulous prizes on the night and will be treated to exclusive future offers.

Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Madeleine Wood by Monday, March 7, at madeleine.wood@cadburyhouse.com, including guest numbers.

For menus and further information on the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill Bristol click HERE or call 01934 839019..

Super open air spa is open

 

A £350,000 extension has been officially opened at the south west’s leading health club and spa just down the road from Nailsea.

Including a new quiet and relaxation area, sun deck, outside sauna and hot tub plus eating area, the new facility is at theclub, Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset.

Entered via the pool, the new quiet area oozes luxury and will appeal to those looking for a quality spa weekend or a place to just chilled out and relax.

A child free zone it includes an assortment of double and single full length loungers, plus a series of four hanging canvas cacoons where guests or members can quite literally hang out!

The soft lighting and underfloor heating makes this area the perfect place for people to lie back, relax and get away from the stresses and strains of modern day life.

Adding to the atmosphere and ambience of theclub the new outside area is also seen as a great addition to the facilities where guests and members will be able to take in the views over the North Somerset countryside while enjoying the outside sauna and hot tub.

There are also a number of outside loungers where guests and members will be able to soak in the sun.

Jason Eaton, group general manager at theclub, said: “Demand for weekend spa breaks, mother and daughter pamper days, hen weekends plus on going improvement of the facilities for our members has resulted in the opening of this fantastic new extension.

"During recent years we’ve also had a lot of people ask if we had plans to provide and outside area.

"It’s great to respond to that feedback and provide what our guests and customers have been asking for.

“There is nothing quite like this in the whole south west and increases the appeal of visiting or becoming a member here at Cadbury House.

“Opening at the beginning of February we’ve probably got a few chilly days and nights ahead, so those brave enough will be able to wander outside, hop in the sauna or hot tub and make the most of this fantastic new area.

“In the summer, I can see many people while away the hours on balmy summer days and enjoy watching the sun go down on the horizon.

“By continually improving members and guests’ experience is what sets us apart from all other health clubs.”

For further information on theclub at Cadbury House call 01934 834343 or click HERE.

From Cadbury House with love for Valentines

 

Loved up couples are being invited to spend this Valentine’s Day within the stunning setting of one of the region’s top venues, DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House with a choice of celebrations available for guests to choose from.

The four-star boutique hotel in North Somerset hosts its annual Valentine’s Ball on Saturday, February 13, including everything needed to make for a special romantic evening.

With sparkling wine and canapes on arrival, followed by a three-course dinner and a DJ until 1am, couples are sure to have an evening to remember.

Cadbury House general manager Colin Badcock said: “We have put a lot of thought into this year’s Valentine’s Ball and we’re confident love birds will have an amazing evening with us.

"From the specially designed menu, to the romantic lighting and decorations and even down to the small touches like chocolate hearts and roses for the ladies, we’re offering a night not to be missed.

“It’s always a popular event for us as couples really want to spend the occasion together somewhere which feels a little bit special.

“The backdrop of the hotel and the rolling North Somerset countryside is like no other and we’re proud to offer an elegant venue for people to get dressed up for and make special memories in.”

Those wishing to make a weekend of it can book a residential package which includes tickets to the ball, an overnight stay in a deluxe double room, bath robes, a mini bottle of sparkling wine each and chocolates in the room, a full English breakfast the next day and access to the award-winning health club and spa with 15 per cent off treatments for just £229 per couple.

 

MPW Love me Tender menu

 

Alternatively, love birds can enjoy an exclusive Champagne dining experience in the on-site Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill.

The Love Me Tender six-course taste experience has been created with love and is available from Friday to Sunday, February 12-14.

Colin added: “The Champagne taste experience is so exciting and we’re sure it’s going to go down a storm with people looking for an elegant evening this Valentine’s.

“Guests will be greeted with Champagne and canapes on arrival, followed by an amuse course, a tasting board for starters, a choice of two delicious main courses, a dessert and coffee.”

For those who would like to dine in Marcos and stay in the hotel, the ‘From Cadbury with Love’ package is perfect. Including a table for two with Valentine’s menu, an overnight stay for two in a deluxe double room with bed and breakfast, bath robes, a bottle of Champagne and strawberries dipped in chocolate in the room.

Full use of spa facilities and 15 per cent off selected pre-booked treatments is also available.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury is one of the South West’s favourite venues for special occasions, weddings and events.

With an onsite health club and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse as well as free parking and great access to the M4 and M5, it is a favourite with local residents and visitors alike.

Tickets to the Valentine’s Ball cost £38 per person with a residential package costing £229 per couple.

The six-course Valentine’s menu at Marco Pierre White’s is £45 per person with the ‘From Cadbury with Love’ package costing £280 per couple for Friday and Sunday night and £299 for Saturday night.

For more information or to book call 01934 834343, go online by clicking HERE or  or visit  or the Facebook page.

 

PHOTO: Left Cadbury House owner Nick Taplin with Marco Piere White

Rising through the ranks

 

Cadbury House health club and spa has promoted Anna Smith to sales and operations manager.

Anna joined theclub at Cadbury House back in 2011 advising potential members on the club’s facilities and benefits of joining.

Since then she’s worked her way through the ranks, becoming one of the team’s more established members as well as best known faces to the club’s 4,000 members.

Her dedication and hard work has now been rewarded, becoming one of the senior managers at the popular venue.

Anna said: “It doesn’t feel that long ago when I first started work here. It’s a great place to be and I’ve enjoyed every minute.

“I’m now looking forward to making sure theclub at Cadbury House remains the leading health club and spa in the region.”

One of Anna’s first projects is to help promote a brand new £350,000 extension that includes a new quiet and relaxation area, sun deck, outside sauna and hot tub plus eating area.

Guests and members will be able to enjoy the views over the North Somerset countryside while during the rest of the winter, those brave enough will be able to enjoy the outside sauna as well as hot tub adding to the atmosphere and ambience of the club.

Anna added: “We’ve seen a steady rise in the demand for spa days as theclub has become the venue of choice for those looking for pamper day or weekend in the region.

“Add this to our 4,000-strong membership means we are able to extend our offer here further.

“An outside area plus quiet zone have been something we’ve been missing, so it’s great news all round that we can now offer this to members and guests.”

Group general manager Jason Eaton said: "Anna’s promotion is thoroughly deserved.

"She has a real passion to provide outstanding customer service and is reflected in the way she deals with members and guests.

“She’s been a great asset for the business and wish her all the best in her new role.”

For further information on theclub at Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House please call 01934 834343 or online click HERE.

Countryside chef

 

Renowned chef Marco Pierre White has paid a special visit to his restaurant in Congresbury to oversee recent works completed on the grounds.

An investment of more than £100,000 has been made to improve the grounds surrounding the Steakhouse Bar & Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House including the introduction of animals and the re-landscaping of the large feature pond.

The work is part of an ongoing project introduced by Marco to soften the landscape of the setting and offer customers an authentic rural experience when they visit.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House general manager Colin Badcock said: “Marco has a very strong ethos and a passion for nature and the countryside.

“The work we have recently conducted on the grounds has all come from Marco’s vision of what he wants the environment to feel like.

“We now have guinea fowl, Indian Runner ducks and tumbling doves onsite with plans to add more wildlife in the near future.

“We’ve restructured the layout of the extensive land around the hotel and restaurant adding lovely log walls, planters and a vegetable plot as well as a quirky Shepherd’s hut, which will eventually be used for something exciting but we’re not quite sure what yet!

“The re-landscaping of the pond was a challenging task but the benefits to the ecological environment are worth it.

"We’ve cleaned and re-lined the pond to encourage plant and wildlife there.

“In addition we’ve added a new groundsman to our maintenance and grounds team and we’re really looking forward to expanding on our natural project in the next year.

“We are a destination setting; although just outside Bristol, we are in the heart of the countryside with panoramic views of the rolling North Somerset hills and the Bristol Channel.

“Our surroundings are so important for customers who visit the restaurant for a special occasion and for the wedding parties who choose us for their special day, so it is something that we are happy to invest in.”

A hunting and fishing Marco said: “I love the countryside.

“It’s where I live and where I feel most comfortable.

“Developing the natural environment and wildlife around my Wiltshire property The Rudloe Arms has been a passion for the past few years and it is something I felt strongly about introducing at Cadbury House.

“The views here are spectacular and the surroundings lend themselves to wildlife such as guinea fowl.

“I think it also creates more of an experience for the visiting customer, especially children, who will be able to feed and interact with the animals.”

While visiting the restaurant Marco also met with fans and customers and signed copies of his book Marco’s Great British Feast which features more than 100 classic recipes designed and developed by the three-time Michelin starred chef.

For more information about the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill click HERE.

Here is a extra helping

 

Marco Pierre White is to cookery what Lord Byron was to poetry – two personalities with complicated love lives, bad boy reputations and a terrible taste in headwear.
Talking to Marco before lunch I learned he had been abroad a lot on business during the past year necessitating stays at one of his favourite international hotels – Raffles, Singapore.
Probably on route to a stint on the New Zealand version of MasterChef.
It seemed rude to ask the burning questions most on the tip of everyone’s tongue – did he really use Knox stock cubes in his kitchens and what was the status of his curent relationship?
Oh but I wanted to...however, as lunch was on him and I was hungry I stayed stum.

Instead we had good food and good conversation at a table headed by GM Colin Badcock, who also hails from Nailsea.
We learned that the hotel hopes in addition to the domestic animals roaming the grounds to build a rustic barn for more informal weddings and celebrations – in time for my 2018 big birthday, please.
Marco's latest partner Silent Witness star Emilia Fox has been reported in the Daily Mail as issuing a coded 'marry me' ultimatum.
But her dream is complicated by the fact h is still married to his estranged third wife - I didn't ask about that either.

Sorry.

Going for Burns Night at Cadbury

 

A traditional evening of haggis, whisky and bagpipes in celebration of the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns is taking place at the region’s premier hotel.

The event is on Saturday, January 23, at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury where guests will not only be able to tuck into some delicious haggis, neeps and tatties but enjoy the sounds of a 10-piece pipe band which will give the evening a true Scottish flavour.

A fine four-course dinner will be served in the venue’s Great Room with a highlight being the cutting of the haggis, which will be accompanied by Burns' famous poem, Address to a Haggis which begins 'Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!'.

The evening will end with dancing until 1am with the resident DJ.

Colin Badcock, general manager at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House said: “Burns suppers are great occasions.

"There are lots of traditions and we hope to hold true to many of these during our own Burns night.

“To have a 10-piece piper band on hand will make the evening a spectacular affair and we of course want as many guests as possible to wear kilts!

"With plenty of wee drams to help the proceedings go smoothly, we’re sure to have a good night!”

The Scottish theme continues in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill where diners will see the Haggis being piped into the room while the Address To A Haggis is recited by restaurant manager Neil McShee.  

Diners will have the opportunity to sample the haggis and a wee dram of whiskey to celebrate the life of the Scottish poet. 

The à la carte menu will also have some Scottish additions for those wishing to celebrate the tradition.

Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and his birthday, which is on the 25th, is traditionally celebrated worldwide in late January.

Tickets for the Great Room event cost £35 per person and those who wish to make a weekend of it can book a residential package for £165 for a room for two.

For further information click HERE or call 01934 834343.

New year wedding open day

 

Couples wanting to kick off their wedding plans early in 2016 are being invited to visit one of the region’s top venues for a special wedding open day where they can pick up some exclusive discounts, treats and inspiration.

Back by popular demand the next Wedding Open Day at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury is on Sunday, January 3 where the venue’s wedding co-ordinators will be on hand for tours and advice and a host of local suppliers will be in.

Couples who book the venue and pay a deposit on the day will receive a magnum of Lanson White Champagne and the first 25 brides to arrive will also receive a special good bag too.

Guests will also have the opportunity to take a look around the newly designed and refurbished Great Room and pick up some handy tips from the on-site wedding planners.

Renowned for its stunning views and contemporary boutique style, the four-star hotel has become one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the region.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House’s dedicated wedding coordinator Alice Grant said: “As always we’re expecting lots of romantic Christmas proposals this year, so excited couples wanting to begin wedding planning straight away can come along to our first wedding fair of the new year and get some great ideas.

“Not only are they able to see our venue set up for ceremonies and receptions, they can also meet with the very best local suppliers we work with and pick up some fab offers on the day.

“We’re also laying on canapés and drinks to make an already exciting experience, even more

“We know that a wedding is one of the most important occasions in a person’s life so we really want to make sure it is absolutely perfect and as stress-free as possible for them.

“Myself and the rest of the wedding team are on hand for every step of the process and can give as much or as little help as a couple needs.

"We offer the complete package here and I absolutely love being part of such a special event.

"I’m looking forward to meeting some new brides-to-be at the open day.”

With several rooms licensed to hold both civil marriage ceremonies and commitment ceremonies those wanting to create a real 'wow' on their special day could consider an alfresco ceremony in the thatched gazebo, with spectacular panoramic views stretching out across the North Somerset countryside and Bristol Channel.

Including all the latest interior trends, colours and fabrics, the capacity of the Great Room has risen allowing it to host much larger events with up to 350 guests being seated.

Current offers available at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House include the Magical March package, starting from as little as £2,999, the Royal Empress package suitable for late availability dates and superb brochure weddings from £69 per person for all food.

The open day runs from 11am-3pm, is free admission and there is free parking on-site.

For further details call Alice on 01934 837248 or email weddings@cadburyhouse.com.

For more information about DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House click HERE.

An invite to meet THE man

 

Fans of renowned chef Marco Pierre White could be having a very merry Christmas this December as the man himself will be visiting his Congresbury restaurant early in the new year.

Places are now available to book for either lunch or dinner service at an exclusive book signing at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill on Monday, January 11, with managers warning that those interested in buying tickets as Christmas presents should do so soon to avoid disappointment.

Guests will have the chance to meet Marco, enjoy a specially designed lunch or dinner menu and receive a personalised copy of one of Marco’s best-selling cook books.

Regarded by many as the greatest ever UK chef, White will be popping in to his restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House to take a look around the grounds which now feature a luxury poultry pen for the onsite dovecotes, guinea fowl and Indian runner ducks that guests can enjoy visiting.

Marco, who keeps his own flock of poultry, wanted the animals to be installed at the venue to add to the environment of the rural location.

Neil McShee, restaurant manager at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, said: “It’s great when Marco comes to visit and there is always a real buzz of excitement when he’s here. We’ve devised a special menu for the day so guests will be in for a real treat.

“Despite his scary reputation Marco always gives a lot of time and attention to guests, chatting with them and signing books.

"He also likes to meet with the kitchen staff to impart his knowledge and find out how things are going.

“This visit, which comes right after Christmas, is perfect for those who want to book places for a loved one as a special treat or surprise.

"What a fantastic present!”

Food offerings for the day include starters of smoked salmon and beetroot and goat’s cheese salad; mains of beef wellington, classic fish pie and macaroni of wild mushrooms and desserts of Cambridge burnt cream and cheese boards.

Neil added: “At the steakhouse it’s all about Great British cuisine – Marco’s speciality.

"The food is simple and unfussy but is absolutely top quality.

“We hope to see many new and old friends at the January event and look forward to welcoming Marco back again.”

Places for the book signing can be booked for a lunchtime session at £49 per person which includes a four-course lunch.

Places for the evening book signing can be booked for £65 per person including a six-course dinner and a glass of fizz on arrival.

For more information or to book call 01934 839019 or go online by clicking HERE.

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Let's party for Christmas

 

The Congresbury hotel has party nights scheduled throughout December in the newly-refurbished Great Room, with fantastic tribute acts and a three-course dinner.

For those who like to organise their own fun there’s the option to book a bespoke party, either in one of the event rooms or at the onsite Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill.

Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is also taken care of with a range of packages and guests are invited to extend the festive fun with an overnight stay in one of the 4-star luxury boutique rooms.

Cadbury House general manager Colin Badcock said: “There really is nowhere else like Cadbury at Christmas.

"The old house looks absolutely stunning when it’s glistening with Christmas lights and if

it snows it really is a beautiful setting.

“Both the Great Room in the hotel and the Marco Pierre White restaurant have both recently undergone major refurbishments meaning they are fresh, new and stylish ready for the party season.

“With a reputation for impeccable food, friendly efficient staff and an unrivalled party atmosphere our boutique hotel and spa is a wonderful venue for a get together and guests will really feel as if they’re coming somewhere special, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

“This year we’ve put a lot of thought into our Christmas offering and believe that there is something for everyone.

“The mix of old house and new hotel makes Cadbury House a unique venue for any occasion and is sure to impress guests.”

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is the South West’s premier venue for weddings, conferences and events.

With an onsite spa, award-winning health club and exclusive Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, the venue has been a favourite in the South West for decades.

For more information or to book an event click HERE or call 01934 834343.

A Christmas shopping treat at spa

 

Go Christmas shopping and get a 'taster treatment' at Cadbury spa on Thursday, November 26.

Guests are being invited to an exclusive shopping and treatment evening at the top North Somerset spa but there is a limit on numbers.

The invitation is for a maximum of 50 people at thespa at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

Shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase Elemis and Pevonia Botanica products at a fraction of the price – just in time for Christmas.

Guests will also be treated to a glass of bubbly, canapes, a free gift bag and 15-minute tasters of the spa’s most popular treatments all for just £5 per ticket.

Spa manager Amy Weston said: “This event is the perfect opportunity to buy lovely beauty gift boxes for your loved ones, with some fabulous offers and discounts to be had, just before Christmas.

“The Elemis and Pevonia Botanica ranges are world-leading in skincare and beauty and make for gorgeous presents.

2We’ll also be offering exclusive discounts for future treatment bookings at the spa, so for the £5 entry fee it really is worth coming along.

“As well as the discounts we’re treating guests to bubbly, we’ll have a tarot card reader to entertain and raffle prizes to be won.

“We’ve held similar events in the past and they’ve also been really good fun, with groups of friends coming along for a girly night out.

“Because tickets are so limited we’re expecting to completely sell out so get in touch soon if you’d like to join us!”

thespa is an award-winning venue in Congresbury set against the backdrop of the rolling Somerset countryside.

With several treatment rooms including a couple’s suite available and an extensive treatment menu, it also boasts a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and access to the health club.

For more information or to book call 01934 837231 or click HERE.

Come to New Year's Eve Masquerade Carnival Ball

 

This year DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is pulling out all the stops for a glistening festive season which will culminate in a special evening designed to ring in the New Year in style.

Guests wanting to celebrate the occasion at the award-winning Congresbury hotel can choose from the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Carnival Ball in the newly-refurbished Great Room or the New

Year’s Eve Gala Buffet in the elegant Drawing Room. 

With the added incentive of being able to extend the fun with an overnight stay in one of the 4-star luxury boutique rooms, visitors are sure to have an evening to remember.

The New Year’s Eve Ball is set to be an extravagant affair with guests invited to wear black tie and masks while they enjoy Champagne cocktails and canapes before sitting down to a delicious four-

course dinner.

Entertainment will come from the Carnival Masked Show Girls as well as live band Audio Jacks and the resident DJ who will keep guests on the dancefloor until 2am.

Alternatively, the Drawing Room offers a more intimate affair, with an informal buffet supper and disco until 1am.

Cadbury House general manager Colin Badcock said: “There really is nowhere else like Cadbury at Christmas and New Year.

"The old house looks absolutely stunning when it’s glistening with Christmas lights and if it snows it really is a beautiful setting.

“Both the Masquerade Ball and the New Year’s Eve Buffet are perfect for welcoming in 2016 with family and friends.

“With a reputation for impeccable food, friendly efficient staff and an unrivalled party atmosphere our boutique hotel and spa is a wonderful venue for a get together and guests will really feel as if they’re coming somewhere special, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

“If people would prefer a quieter atmosphere for dinner, there is the option to enjoy a meal in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill before joining the party in the Great Room from 10.30pm.”

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is the south west’s premier venue for weddings, conferences and events.

With an onsite spa, award-winning health club and exclusive Marco Pierre White

Steakhouse Bar and Grill, the venue has been a favourite in the south west for decades.

The Masquerade Carnival Ball is £79 per person for a four-course dinner, coffees, entertainment and evening bites served at 12.30am.

The New Year’s Eve Gala Buffet is £49 per person for a buffet and entertainment.

For more information or to book an event click HEREor call 01934 834343.

Get in Swimtag

 

The South West’s leading health club has installed the very latest technology providing users of its swimming pool a unique way to track their progress while they swim.

It works where swimmers wear passive wrist bands which they pick up in the club’s reception.

Free to use, these then record a variety of statistics during the swim including total distance, calories used, time and average pace.

The clever devises also record the type of stroke used.

Called Swimtag, this very latest in sports technology is now available at theclub, Cadbury House in Congresbury which has a 20 metre pool as part of its facilities.

The Swimtag bands will now link in to the club’s current wellness system which already tracks the activity of members in the gym and on the cardiovascular equipment.

With swimming being the only element that wasn’t tracked will now give users a complete picture on all their activity.

Jason Eaton, group general manager at theclub said: “Swimming is a fantastic exercise and users all major muscle groups.

"Apart from counting lengths, up until now it has been relatively difficult to track for example how many calories have been used so it’s great to introduce this new technology to the pool.

“We’ve had this sort of technology available in all other parts of the club so to complete the set is great news for club members and guests of the hotel.”

The idea of Swimtag first came to director Philip Maxwell while he was swimming on holiday along with colleagues David Baddeley and Kieran Sloyan.

Following three years of development, the technology was launched and is now used across the world including Australia, Norway, Denmark and Spain.

It also allows users to compete against other swimmers in other clubs and other countries or can be used to challenge swimmers to swim the English Channel!

Kieran said: “Swimtag has made swimming much more interesting. It has also had a profound impact on users and in particular those who are using swimming as part of a rehabilitation programme.

“We now hope members of theclub at Cadbury House will make the most of this new technology which I know will help them get the most out of their swim.”

For further information on theclub click HERE or call 01934 834343.

Things go bang on a November night

 

The eighth annual night of fireworks and family fun at theclub at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House at Congresbury is on Saturday, October 31.

This is when the grounds around the luxury health club and hotel will provide those looking to celebrate fireworks night the perfect venue to enjoy a fun filled night culminating in a spectacular firework display.

With entry for children under 16 free, the event will also include fairground rides, face painting, BBQ and drinks tent.

The fun will begin at 5.15pm ending with the firework display at 6.45pm that has now become a firm favourite with people from all over the region.

Jason Eaton, group general manager at theclub said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries asking when this year’s event was going to take place and shows that people from across North Somerset firmly have it in their calendar.

“It’s great to put this event on and will once again look forward to hosting the event again.

"With the fairground rides and entertainers it’s going to be great fun for the whole family.”

Tickets for the event cost £5 for members and £7.50 for non-members with children under 16 going free.

With only limited tickets available those wanting to enjoy the evening are being advised to buy now.

Tickets at theclub reception or by calling 01934 834343 (option 4). 

Pink Ladies cocktails at Cadbury

 

One of the region’s top health clubs is hosting a special cocktail evening on Friday, October 16, to raise money for breast cancer research.

TheClub at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is holding its third annual fundraiser in support of breast cancer and this year have planned a Pink Ladies Cocktail Night.

The evening will start with bubbles on arrival followed by a three-course menu and special pink jellies. 

All tables are served by personal butlers and a dedicated menu of cocktails will be available.     

An auction and raffle will also be held during the evening followed by a disco to dance the night away.  

Last year’s breast cancer fundraising evening sold out within weeks so anyone interested in attending is being urged to get the girls together and book tickets soon.  

Personal trainer and organiser Debi Lough said: “During the past two years we have managed to raise more than £2,500 with our fundraising evenings, first with our charity auction and then with our sell-out race night.

"All money goes towards life-saving research into breast cancer so we decided to do something again this year.

“Breast cancer, and cancer in general, touches so many of us in different ways so it’s great being able to help raise money and support this charity.

“We have many female members at the club as well as colleagues who have all been affected by breast cancer so we really want to raise as much as possible.”

Staff at the award-winning Congresbury health club are encouraging guests to don their glad rags for the event and make a night of it.

Tickets are available on reception now or call 01934 834343.

The region’s top health club hosted a special cocktail evening in support of Breast Cancer Now.

  • STOP PRESS: Part of the nationwide ‘Wear it Pink’ Campaign TheClub at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House hosted a Pink Ladies Cocktail Night, raising £1,500 for the breast cancer cause. The evening started with bubbles followed by a three-course menu and special pink jellies. All tables were served by personal butlers and a dedicated menu of cocktails were also available. An auction and raffle were also held and included the chance to win a BMW car from Dick Lovett for a weekend which raised £250 alone. Gym manager and organiser Debi Lough said: “The event was a total sell out and I’d like to thank everyone who came along and made the evening such a success. I’d also like to thanks Dick Lovett BMW for donating the car. It was very generous and helped raise a fantastic amount. During the past three events we’ve raised more than  £4,000 all of which has gone to the charity. Breast cancer, and cancer in general, touches so many of us in different ways so it’s great being able to help raise money and support this charity. We have many female members at the club as well as colleagues who have all been affected by breast cancer so we really wanted to raise as much as possible.”

Fitness club near Nailsea in frame for a national award

 

 

An independent health club and spa located in North Somerset has been shortlisted for a national award.

Called the National Fitness Awards (NFA), it is organised by Workout magazine and is regarded as the highest accolade for those involved in the sector, recognising excellence and achievement in gyms throughout the country.

The management team from theclub at Cadbury House in Congresbury are now hoping it can beat off the competition from across the UK in the Health Club of the Year category, the most coveted at the awards.

The award ceremony is set to take place on Friday, December 4, at a glittering event hosted by former Olympic swimmer Steve Parry and Katie Bulmer-Cooke who appeared on The Apprentice.

Group general manager at theclub Jason Eatonn, pictured right, said: “This nomination is testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved at theclub.

“Considering the sheer number, range and quality of health clubs up and down the country, to be shortlisted is a great achievement in its own right.

“What makes us different here is the constant objective to be the best and to provide our members and guests with the best possible experience. That way they achieve their goals while enjoying their experience and time here.

“We’re now undergoing a major extension programme which will add further to the facilities we have on offer.

"This constant evolution of theclub not only means we’re the best in the region, but hopefully will place us as the best in the country.”

Marco hobnobs with £20K heritage oven

 

An oven, previously owned by Keith Floyd, has been brought from France to the West Country by chef Marco Pierre White.

The distinctive bright yellow La Cornue stove was made for the late Keith Floyd when he was living in France, and has now been brought across the Channel to a new home at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

During his latest visit to the restaurant Marco fired up the oven, which is displayed in the venue’s brand new Garden Room, to cook guests his lobster macaroni dish while raising a toast to Keith.

He said: “Keith’s daughter Poppy had no use for it, and wanted it to go to a good home with someone who would respect it and cherish it.

“I was a good friend of Keith’s. I knew him for many years, and he was very kind to me. I said ‘we have got to get it and bring it home to Bristol’.

“Keith’s cookery career really started in Bristol – that’s where he was discovered. He was a very good cook and had a restaurant in Bristol for many years.

“In my opinion he was the first real celebrity chef, and he did so much to encourage people to have a go at cooking by making it fun.”

During the visit, Marco met with guests at lunch and dinner and signed copies of his book White Heat 25.

It was also the first time he was able to cast his expert eye on the brand new ‘Garden Room’ at the restaurant, a state-of-the-art conservatory which boasts views across the North Somerset countryside.

The new space features a retractable roof giving diners the option of al fresco dining.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House general manager Colin Badcock said: “The highlight of the day came when Marco gave a live cooking demonstration on our new oven.

“It was such an honour to see Marco do what he does best and the added element that the oven belonged to Keith Floyd, whom Marco greatly admired, made it a very special moment for us and our guests.

"The oven is going to stay in the Garden Room for more live cooking demonstrations in the future.

“It’s fantastic when Marco comes to visit, our customers love meeting him and it’s great for staff morale as well.

"Marco has a lot of charisma and is wonderful with the public so it was great to welcome him back.”

It cost approximately £20,000 to buy the cooker, transport it from the South of France to North Somerset, and then refurbish and install it at Cadbury.

Marco added: “Keith gave me confidence in my cooking. He made me believe I was as good as I dreamed of being.

“There are a lot of very good young cooks who do not believe in themselves.

"Keith believed I could win my two Michelin stars and then three Michelin stars.

"He made a massive difference to my life and to our industry.”

For more information about the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill click HERE.

Wedding invitation 

 

Couples looking to tie the knot in North Somerset are being invited to visit one of the region’s top venues for a special wedding open day where they can pick up some exclusive discounts and treats.

Back by popular demand the next Wedding Open Day at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury is taking place on Sunday, September 6, when the venue’s wedding co-ordinators will be on hand for tours and advice and a host of local suppliers will be in attendance.

Couples who book the venue and pay a deposit on the day will receive a Magnum of Lanson White Champagne to take away and the first 25 brides to arrive will receive an exclusive goody bag.

Guests will also have the opportunity to take a look around the newly designed and refurbished Great Room and pick up some handy tips from the on-site wedding planners.

Renowned for its stunning views and contemporary boutique style, the four-star hotel has become one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the region.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House’s dedicated wedding coordinator Alice Grant said: “Our wedding fair's have become really popular over the past couple of years as we try to really make it worth while for couples to visit.

“Not only are they able to see our venue set up for ceremonies and receptions, they can also meet with the very best local suppliers we work with and pick up some fab offers on the day.

“We’re also laying on canapés and drinks to make an already exciting experience, even more special.

“We know that a wedding is one of the most important occasions in a person’s life so we really want to make sure it is absolutely perfect and as stress-free as possible for them.

“Myself and the rest of the wedding team are on hand for every step of the process and can give as much or as little help as a couple needs.

"e offer the complete package here and I absolutely love being part of such a special event. 

"’m looking forward to meeting some new brides-to-be at the open day.”

With several rooms licensed to hold both Civil Marriage Ceremonies and Commitment Ceremonies those wanting to create a real 'wow' on their special day could consider an alfresco ceremony in the thatched Gazebo, with spectacular panoramic views stretching out across the North Somerset countryside and Bristol Channel.

Including all the latest interior trends, colours and fabrics, the capacity of the Great Room has risen allowing it to host much larger events with up to 350 guests being seated comfortably.

The Open Day is free admission and there is free parking on-site.

For further details please call Alice on 01934 837248 or email weddings@cadburyhouse.com

'Super Hoops' make splash at spa

 

Those who went swimming at Cadbury House hotel and spa this month got a treat when they found themselves sharing the pool with some of the eye candy pictured above.

It was Queens Park Rangers Football Club who were staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House while playing a fixture against Yeovil Town FC.

Me - I just thought I had died and gone to heaven, thank you Cadbury.

And with even more good news the region’s leading health club and spa is geeting a major extension in the new year.

theclub at Cadbury House is the best place for those looking to keep in trim or enjoy a relaxing spa day.

But now it is to have a new quiet relaxation space, sun deck, outside sauna and hot tub plus eating area.

Costing £350,000, work to build at the front of the existing health club is expected to take between eight to 10 weeks.

The relaxation and quiet areas will be located inside part of the new extension and will offer a child free zone where adults can chill out and get away from the stresses and strains of modern day life.

Jason Eaton the club’s general manager is now looking forward to getting the work underway so that guests can start to enjoy the new facilities.

Jason said: “We’ve seen a steady rise in the demand for spa days as theclub has become the venue of choice for those looking for pamper day or weekend in the region.

“Add this to our 4,000-strong membership means we are able to extend our offer here further.

“We’re constantly looking at ways in which we can improve what we provide our guests and members and the outside area plus quiet zone have been something we’ve been missing.

“We’ve also had a lot of feedback over the years asking if we were ever going to provide and outside area so it’s great to respond to that feedback.

“By continually improving members and guests’ experience is what sets us apart from all other health clubs.

“All being well, we plan to open this new area in the New Year 2016.”

Looking forward to it Jason and please invited the footballers back.

INVITATION: Come wine and dine with Marco Pierre White

 

Fans of Marco Pierre White can meet the great man himself as he makes one of his regular visits to his restaurant in Congresbury, North Somerset.

Regarded by many as the greatest UK chef of all time, White will be popping in to his Steakhouse Bar & Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House on Monday, September 7, where he’ll meet and greet diners and sign copies of his books during both lunch and dinner service.

Marco will also be casting his expert eye on the brand new ‘Garden Room’ at the restaurant, a state-of-the-art conservatory which boasts views across the North Somerset countryside.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House general manager Colin Badcock said: “It’s fantastic when Marco comes to visit, our customers love meeting him and it’s great for staff morale as well.

"Marco has a lot of charisma and is wonderful with the public so we’re really looking forward to welcoming him back.

“We’ve devised two special options for the day with all guests getting the chance to meet Marco themselves.

"The first option is a book signing with a luxurious four-course lunch, while the second option is a book and branded apron signing as well as a glamourous six-course dinner.

“Customers will be treated to a specially created menu, Champagne and the chance to meet Marco.

"There’s going to be a real buzz of excitement on the day and we’re expecting to sell out so anyone interested should get in touch soon.

“It’s also a great chance for us to show off our new Garden Room which is just stunning.”

At lunchtime Marco will personally sign a copy of Marco Made Easy and guests will enjoy a four-course Champagne lunch costing £45 per person.

Or join him for a personal signing of White Heat and a special apron followed by a glamorous six-course Champagne evening dinner for only £79 per person or £150 per couple.

Group discounts are also available for bookings of 8 or more people.

For more information or to book contact the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill on 01934 839 019 or go online by clicking HERE.

  • BOOT CAMP: Okay, I was slighty surprise to get invite, left, as a curvaceous aged 60-something with a plus personality but the only time I exercise is on a mega shopping trip or splashing about at the spa swimming pool when I can move my feet faster than Homer Simpson! If this isn't for you I am sure Cadbury has a programme for all levels click image right for more details...

THE Apprentice

 

An apprentice beauty therapist from Nailsea who is part of the Cadbury team is the top college apprentice of 2015.

Rebecca Whiting an apprentice beauty therapist at thespa at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, won the title

Apprentice Of The Year’ at the Weston College hair and beauty awards where she has been praised for being the highest retailer on the team. 

Becki, who beat several other entrants to the top spot, was chosen for the professionalism and reliability shown in her role since she joined the award-winning spa in June 2014.

Spa manager Amy Weston said: “It is fantastic that Becki’s hard work, talent and enthusiasm has been recognised at these awards.

"To be named Apprentice Of The Year is a great honour and we’re proud to have her as part of our team.

“Becki is reliable, friendly and great with our clients, already having built up her own portfolio of regulars in a short time. 

“thespa is a luxury venue which offers some of the best treatments in the area and we really pride ourselves on providing every customer with a relaxing, rejuvenating and luxurious break, even if it’s only for an hour.

“We are only able to do this by employing the very best team members so we’re pleased that Becki is doing so well. It’s also great to be able to support a local apprenticeship scheme and nurture the talent of aspiring therapists.”

Set within the grounds of DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House thespa offers the very latest in spa treatments, relaxing spa days and, hen parties and overnight breaks. The treatment menu is packed with everything from facials and massages to spray tans and gel nails.

Becki said: “I am so pleased to have won Apprentice Of The Year and I’m really looking forward to learning more within my role at thespa.

"I love pampering people and a job at such a high-quality spa is a dream come true!”

For more information or to book at thespa click HERE.

Health club loyalty card

 

The region’s leading health club and spa has launched its own loyalty scheme that will support local businesses and shops.

Available to members at theclub, Cadbury House in Congresbury, it will provide discounts and special offers across a variety of shops and outlets including a garden centre, travel agent, MOT garage, florist, Chinese takeaway, timber merchant and café.

With more than 3,000 adult members, it is hoped the new scheme will boost trade at the businesses across North Somerset that have signed up.

Claire Madge, membership secretary at the popular health club said: “The focus has been on attracting independent businesses within the catchment area of the club such as Yatton, Clevedon and Congresbury and those that provide everyday products and services that our members want and use.

“We see it as a win, win situation.

"Our members gain access to a reward scheme that gives them money off and discounts, while the businesses that have signed up to take part will gain additional footfall and trade.

“Initial interest has been very encouraging and we’ll be keen to hear from other traders who think they’d like to get involved.”

Having been in operation since June, businesses taking part in the reward scheme will display distinctive stickers in their windows while members of the award-winning health club will also find out about the latest offers and discounts via the club’s website.

Businesses that have already signed up to the scheme include The Curzon Cinema, Fountain Timber, Kimberely Flowers, Global Travel, Dean Webb Garage, The Wine Shop, Cadbury Cars, Sun Hall Chinese Take Away, The Potting Shed Cafe & Farm Shop and Golden Acres Garden Centre.

Members have been issued with special club fobs which they can present when out and about to get the discounts.

For further information click HERE.

In swing with Cadbury

 

The region’s leading health club raised £500 for Weston Hospice at its annual charity golf day.

Organised by theclub at Cadbury House, the popular event took place this month at the Mendip Springs Golf Club where 20 teams battled it out to claim what has become one of the most sought after golf titles in the area!

With the majority of teams coming from businesses located in North Somerset, Tom Horton, who organised the event, was delighted with the turn out and the money raised for the hospice.

As with previous events, the day had its own theme with teams entering wearing something that was either orange, black or white – the colours of the health club and Black & White Hospitality which co-hosted the day.

Tom said: “It was a fantastic day and we were delighted with the number of teams who entered. It’s a great way for local businesses to get together in an informal setting while enjoying a great day’s golf. Plus we raised some money for the hospice which was a real bonus.”

PHOTO: Wiiner Darren Bevan pictured with Debbi Lough and Claire Madge from the club at Cadbury House

 

Olympic 2020 hopeful new apprentice at fitness club

 

The region’s leading health club has taken on board a world record holder as an apprentice.

North Somerset teenager Corey Williams has now joined theclub at Cadbury House in Congresbury where he is now learning the ropes and working towards his Fitness Instructor NVQ Levels two and three.

Luckily, members of the award-winning gym will be able to take some top tips from the teenager who was recently crowned world champion bench presser at a competition in Dusseldorf, Germany while breaking the world record at the same time when he lifted a staggering 140kg.

The 17-year-old who hails from Clevedon is certainly super fit.

Prior to his world record, Corey benefitted from a very interesting education, resulting in him taking an apprenticeship rather than what would be considered a normal route to qualifications!

That’s because he and his family recently returned to the South West having spent the previous seven months travelling the world having sold up the house and practically all they owned.

With stopovers in China, Australia, New Zealand and the US, the trip gave Corey and his family a great perspective on life and is something the strapping teenager not only appreciated but learned a lot from.

The family’s travels meant, however, that Corey missed his GCSEs, resulting in him taking an apprenticeship route towards his goal of working in the fitness sector.

Corey said: “Without doubt I’ve taken more from the time spent travelling with my family than I perhaps would have in the classroom. I’m not really suited to just sitting in a class or lecture theatre so an apprenticeship is perfect for me.

“theclub at Cadbury House is a fantastic place for me to learn new skills but a place where I will be able to teach others on techniques with regard to weight lifting.

"One of the attributes that attracted me to theclub is the fact that it provides a very wide range of classes and facilities, rather than just focusing on a few core areas.

“My goal is to get qualified but also compete in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 in both the Snatch and Clean & Jerk events so will be putting in some extra training myself!”

theclub group general manager Jason Eaton said: “Despite Corey’s tender age, he comes with a lot of experience which our members will benefit from.

"Corey is very humble with regard to his achievements and world record and is testament to his character and upbringing.

"We wish him well and will hopefully see plenty of our members make the most from his experience.”

What a night to enjoy with Jersey Boys tribute band

 

Those who missed out on catching internationally acclaimed musical Jersey Boys at the Bristol Hippodrome recently are being invited to a special tribute night at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

The four-star boutique hotel in Congresbury will be hosting an evening of music, food and dancing in its newly refurbished Great Room on Friday, September 4.

Featuring the UK’s top Jersey Boys tribute act the evening will feature all the favourites from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons including Big Girls Don’t Cry, Sherry, Working my Way Back to You, Walk like a Man and December 1963 (oh what a night), with a show guaranteed to get guests on their feet.

Also included in the evening is a three-course dinner and a disco until 1am.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House general manager Colin Badcock said: “We are so excited for our Jersey Boys tribute night, which will be the first of its kind that we’ve held.

"Our party nights are always filled with fun, dancing and laughter and this one will be no different.

“We’re looking forward to showing off our brand new Great Room and welcoming people for a fun evening of entertainment within a lovely setting.

“Those who want to make a night of it can also benefit from our special accommodation rates which include breakfast the next day and access to the health club and spa.”

Cadbury House is one of the region’s top venues for weddings and events.

With views across the rolling North Somerset countryside and an onsite health club, spa and Marco Pierre White restaurant the venue has become a renowned location in the South West.

Tickets for the Jersey Boys tribute night are £31.50pp including a three-course meal and entertainment with residential packages available from £185pp.

To book visit the website at www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk or call the team on 01934 834343 (option 1).

Come dine with Marco

 

WARNING: Do not read if you are hungry!

 

Marco Pierre White has unveiled a new menu for his Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant at Congresbury.

The new line-up features an intriguing range that combines traditional British dishes prepared using classic French cooking techniques and can be found at the restaurant within DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

Among the various eye-catching starters is rillettes of duck with prunes d’Agen, while Marco himself singles out the brandade of smoked mackerel, a combination of finest quality smoked mackerel and freshly prepared horseradish sauce, as a personal favourite.

The range of main courses is equally eclectic and again harnesses Marco’s love for classic dishes cooked to perfection.

Diversity is a theme throughout the menu, with stand-out plates including macaroni with wild mushrooms and poached egg, a coq and shrimp curry with fresh mango and ginger and roast rump of lamb a la Dijonnaise.

The new summer menu also includes a number of delicious salads, including a panzanella salad with confit tuna, cherry tomato, capers, croutons and fresh basil.

A Chateaubriand made with 28-day aged native breed beef makes for the ultimate sharing dish and is a welcome addition to the existing range of steaks.

Guests can also find indulgence with a dessert menu that includes a knickerbocker glory, a childhood favourite of Marco’s, the temptingly-titled sticky sticky sticky toffee pudding or a selection of delicious cheeses complemented by a glass of rich port.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, general manager Colin Badcock said: “The new menu reflects everything that’s wonderful and exciting about Marco’s food philosophy, with special dishes to suit every palate and budget.

"Top quality steaks sit alongside a varied range of plates inspired by the best of British and French cooking.

“The menu has been designed to complement the vibrant atmosphere in the restaurant, meaning our guests can feel inspired by the choice of food on offer and enjoy their dining experience at the same time.”

Marco said: “Eating out should be all about affordable glamour and that’s at the very heart of this new menu.

"We’ve taken timeless dishes and given them a contemporary twist. What could be better?”