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...



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

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


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, 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

* 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

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 August 2017
Cadburyfest August 2017
Cadburyfest August 2017
Cadburyfest August 2017

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

'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

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.



• 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


“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

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
A day with adoring fans
A day with adoring fans
A day with adoring fans
A day with adoring fans

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

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 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 - 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

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.