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Cadbury House

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



Absolutely Dragulous lunch date

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A weekend lunch time of exaggerated hair, makeup and clothing is being planned at the our leading four-star hotel, where a brunch with a difference is to take place.
Set for Saturday, April 22, at Cadbury House at Congresbury, The Absolutely Dragulous double act will be bringing their own take of drag queen comedy, lip-synching, dancing and live singing while guests tuck into a freshly cooked brunch.
With TV shows such as Ru Paul’s Drag Race growing in popularity, the chance to see one of the best drag acts around is, it is hope, set to prove unmissable for those looking for an entertaining Saturday lunchtime.
Cadbury House general manager Brady Smith said: “Drag acts have become more and more popular in recent years and are really entertaining and fun to watch. Absolutely Dragulous have built up a loyal following and their visit to Cadbury House is part of their continuing UK tour.

“The contrast between the historic house and Absolutely Dragulous duo is perfect and is a great way to set up the rest of your Saturday whether you’re on a hen weekend or just want to enjoy a really entertaining show and brunch.

“The ticket includes a themed drink on arrival, brunch and of course the drag show.”
The Absolutely Dragulous show at Cadbury House is taking place between 11am-3pm on the Saturday.
Tickets £45 per person include a themed drink on arrival, brunch and show.
The menu includes fresh Juices and pastries plus either berries, cherries, buttermilk pancakes and Greek yoghurt; pancetta, poached eggs, smashed avocado and sourdough bread or potato Rosti, fried egg, chorizo, Catalan tomato and pepper sauce.
To book, please visit

Rewind with 80s-90s night

Fans of pop and indie can take a trip down memory lane at a musical tribute night dedicated solely to the 80s and 90s.

The event is at Cadbury House in Congresbury, on Friday, March 10, and will see tribute act Rewind take guests back in time when artists such as Duran Duran, Blondie, Prince and Madonna were regularly hitting the airwaves.

It was also a time which saw the emergence of some classic UK indie bands like Oasis, Happy Mondays, The Charlatans and Primal Scream all bringing their own style of swagger and attitude.

A themed drink on arrival will help get the party started and will be followed by a two-course meal before Tribute hits the stage.

The evening will finish off with a disco into the early hours.

Cadbury House general manager Brady Smith said: “As one of the nation’s leading party bands, Rewind has become a hit with 80s and 90s music enthusiasts and casual listeners alike.

“Reviews say they ‘flawlessy capture the unmistakable sound of the unhinged 1980s’ so are perfect for this event.

“Of course, we want all guests to come dressed in their best 80s or 90s outfits and will be a real trip down memory lane for many!”

Tickets cost £39.00 per person.

For further information visit, email or call 01934 834343.


Murder and mystery at Cadbury House

Wannabe detectives who think they’ve got what it takes to be the next Hercule Poirot can put their powers of deduction to the test at a murder mystery night at arguably the most atmospheric venue in the region.

With its gabled exterior, the gothic looking Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset wouldn’t look out of place in a classic Agatha Christie film and is the setting for what will be a super fun night of mystery solving.

On Friday, February 3, eagle eyed sleuths are now being invited to see if they can find the felon at what has become one of the venue’s most popular events.

The theme of the evening has been billed as The Great Panjandrum while the date for this particular night of dastardly deeds is set in 1941.

With the German army waging war across Europe, British intelligence is hard at work to develop a weapon that will aid the invasion by sea onto the beaches of France.

Many prototypes have been tested, but most have failed miserably.

Now it is the turn of The Great Panjandrum, and such is the interest in this machine of destruction that Churchill himself will witness the tests.

An advance party from army intelligence is in the town, ensuring that all is ready. However, when the whole world is at war, you can never be too sure who your friend is or your deadly enemy.

Unfortunately for some people, by the time they have worked out the dilemma, they will already be dead!

General manager Brady Smith believes those who come along will be in for a fantastic night of detective work, while enjoying the ambience and atmosphere of the 19th century house.

He said: “We’ve held many murder mystery nights here in the old house for many years and they are really popular.

"The house provides the perfect backdrop and there are plenty of rooms, stairs, nooks and crannies where the killer can get up to their misdemeanours without being noticed!

“It’s great to see everyone getting so involved as the drama unfolds and we’d encourage guests who come along to wear suitable attire.”

Prices for the evening are £45 per person and includes a three-course dinner with coffee or tea and disco until midnight.

The bar opens from 6.30pm, with guests seated at 7.30pm

More info

To reserve a place please call 01934 834343.

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WEDDING DATE: The next wedding fair at Cadbury House is on Sunday, January 22. Call 01934 8343434 option 1 or email to book a sport

PHOTO; Lee Hatherall Photography

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Let's go party at Cadbury

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Two of the south west’s best singers will be brightening guests’ Christmas parties at the region’s leading four-star hotel with a number of sets that are guaranteed to get people in the festive mood.
Taking place at Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset, Mighty Marv and Dave Dean will run through their repertoires of classic, intimate, easy-listening music including covers from legends such as Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Matt Monro and Michael Bublé.
General manager Brady Smith said: “There’s always a great festive atmosphere at Cadbury House. 
"Anyone who is here while either are performing are in for a real treat and will add to what will already be a fabulous Christmas ambience.
“Mighty Marv is a really gifted jazz singer-songwriter and his voice has been referred to as rich deep and smooth. 
"There’s no doubt he will light the evening of all those present during his set.
“Dave Dean is really well known across the South-West and always delivers a first-class show with ease and charisma.”
Mighty Marv second performance is on Sunday, December 4, from 7.30pm.
Dave Dean is performing on Wednesday, December 21, from 7.30pm.
For further information on Christmas at Cadbury House please visit
A traditional evening of Haggis, whisky and bagpipes in celebration of the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns is once again at Cadbury House in the new year.
On Saturday, January 28,  guests will not only be able to tuck into some delicious Haggis, neeps and tatties but enjoy the sounds of a pipe band and drummers which will give the evening a true Scottish flavour.
Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and his birthday, which is on 25th, is traditionally celebrated worldwide in late January.
The evening at Cadbury House, which is raising money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind, will follow many of the traditions that has made Burns Night such an important date on the Scottish calendar.
After grace the supper will start with a traditional Scottish 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!For starters there’s a parsnip and Scottish heather honey soup with nutmeg cream.

Guests will then tuck into their haggis, neeps and tatties followed by the main course which includes slow cooked feather blade of beef with dauphinoise potato, braised red cabbage, chantenay carrots and red wine jus. There is also a vegetarian option in the form of a vegetable wellington and wild mushrooms fricassée.

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The meal will be finished off with cranachan a traditional Scottish dessert which includes cream, fresh raspberries Scottish oats and whisky!
Brady added: “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 piper band and drummers on hand will make the evening a spectacular affair and we of course want as many guests to wear kilts.”

For further information please call 01934 834 343 or visit
Cost is £49 per person with residential packages are also available at £250 (based on two people sharing).

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Christmas Murder Mystery at Cadbury House Hotel

The Christmas Murder Mystery at Cadbury House Hotel is on Wednesday evening, December 14.

The cost is £45 per person and this is the story so far...

Christmas 1937 and everyone looked forward to the annual Snowflake Ball at Lodge House, even in these troubled times.

When viewed from the end of the drive, Lodge House was a blaze of light and warmth against the stark whiteness of the deep snow that lay all in every direction as far as the eye could see.

When viewed from halfway along the drive, Lodge House was an oasis in the winter’s night, an oasis known for singing and dancing and Christmas cheer.

There is no finer and friendlier place to be on this cold winter’s night when viewed outside the enormous front door.

But when viewed from inside the heart of one person who stood amongst the merry throng who had gathered at Lodge House, this was to be a place of dark thoughts, of revenge, and Murder.

Sometimes things are not what they appear.

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING: We have advanced copies of the Cadbury House Christmas brochure and you can download yours HERE. Packed full of details on how to book your festive party, seasonal treat and hotel stay be first and take advantage of the earlybird offers

New general manager

A new general manager has been appointed at one of the south west’s most popular hotels.

Brady Smith has now taken over the reins of the 134-bedroom DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset.

With a wealth of experience in the highly-competitive UK market, Brady was in charge of the Parkgate Hotel in Cardiff, where he oversaw the £50-million development of the newly opened five-star venue in the Welsh capital.

Prior to this he was in charge of the St David’s Hotel in Cardiff Bay.

Brady has now returned to Cadbury House where he was operations director from 2014-18.

He said: “It’s great to be back!

"It’s such a beautiful hotel and with the Hilton name attached offers a lot for both our corporate and leisure guests.

"It’s regarded as being one of the world’s best four-star brands and often influences people’s decisions on where they want to stay.

“Cadbury House also forms such an integral part of the community in which it is located as it not only employs a lot of local people but supports many local businesses.

“The multi award-winning club and spa is renowned as being the UK’s leading independent health club while the house and grounds provides arguably the best backdrop for the many weddings that we hold here.

"We’re now gearing up for Christmas where we’ll serve around 10,000 Christmas dinners while making the festive season special for all our guests.

“It has also helped attract business and leisure clients from right across the

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UK and abroad, placing North Somerset right on the map.

“The philosophy here is simple, where the little things make a big difference, from welcoming our guests with our warm chocolate chip cookie, to serving the local community.

“For me, it’s all about creating opportunities where guests can be distracted away from the burden of life’s day-to-day routine and provide them with a relaxing and pleasant stay.

“And it’s thanks to the dedication of the team here that ensures we deliver the absolute best experience for our guests.”

After five years the former general manager Mehmet Kandemir has moved to the four star Bailbrook House Hotel at Bath.

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Summer lovin' our special new menu

A ground-breaking non-meat burger is one of the star dishes on a new summer menu that has been launched at a Congresbury-based restaurant.

Available at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, which is located at Cadbury House, the plant-based burger has been developed by pioneering food firm Redefine Meat and is the only venue in the area to offer what has been described as a revolutionary ‘new meat’.

Having served Redefine Meat produce since the New Year in the form of a special Shepherd’s Pie and Bolognese Gnocchi, it is hoped this latest addition will encourage more people to try the plant-based dishes.

But steak lovers have also been well catered in the form of a Tomahawk sharing steak for two.

Restaurant manager Jason Nener said: “We have a new Summer Signature menu, which reflect everything that’s wonderful and exciting about Marco’s food philosophy.

"The Redefine Burger really does have to be tasted to be believed.

"The texture really does feel like a traditional burger and the taste is just as good.

“What they’ve done is go beyond today’s alternative meat offerings to tackle one of the main barriers to mainstream adoption of product quality and this delivers that in spades.

“With regard to some of the other dishes, the Tomahawk steak is just a superb cut of meat and is a great dish to share and I’ve no doubt will be very well received by our guests.”

Alongside the Redefine Meat burger and Tomahawk steak for two, the Summer Signature menu also includes an Endive Tarte Tatin with crumbled goat’s cheese and soft herbs plus an Anchovies on Toast with shallots and fresh soft herbs, both of which feature on Marco’s BBC Maestro courses.

Jason added: “The new summer 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.”

For further information please visit

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Twilight weddings trending

No, not The Twilight Saga film series of five vampire-themed romance fantasy films but the time of day people are choosing to exchange their vows.

More and more couples from across the south-west are choosing to tie the knot in the evening, moving away from the more traditional early afternoon nuptials.

The ‘Twilight Wedding’, which it has become known, is now growing in popularity with venues such as Cadbury House in Congresbury, making sure it can cater for this increase in dusky ceremonies.

Cadbury House wedding coordinator Matilda Burgess, wedding coordinator said: “There has been a steady increase in this new phenomenon over the past 12 months and is certainly something that we can see growing in popularity.

“Those who are choosing a twilight wedding then tend to skip the formal wedding breakfast and go straight on to an evening reception.

“Cadbury House faces west and is renowned for its stunning views and contemporary boutique style, so having a twilight wedding with the sun setting in the distance makes for a truly spectacular occasion.

“The soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is just below the horizon coupled with the fairy tale backdrop of the house and manicured grounds just can’t be beaten for atmosphere and is a truly unforgettable experience for couples and their guests.

“We are also finding that getting married on a Thursday has become more popular and allows the wedding party to continue the celebrations right into the weekend!

“We know that a wedding is one of the most important occasions in any couple’s life, so we really want to make sure it is absolutely perfect and as stress-free as possible and our wedding team are on hand for every step of the process and can give as much or as little help as needs be.

"We offer the complete package here at Cadbury House and we absolutely love being part of such a special event.

“The venue is renowned for being a top wedding venue and it’s easy to see why.”With several rooms licensed to hold both civil marriage ceremonies and commitment ceremonies there are many options for couples to consider and 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.

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SUNSET SETTING: Say I do at dusk - for further details please call the wedding team on 01934 834343 option 1 or email


Wedding festival, without wellies

While many people will be packing their tents and wellies at this time of year to attend their favourite music festival, doting couples from across the southwest can visit a festival of an altogether different nature at the region’s leading four-star hotel!

On Sunday, July 17, WedFest is an open invitation for those planning their big day to visit Cadbury House in Congresbury.

Designed with the whole community in mind, the fun-filled day includes a host of attractions that will take the stress out of planning the big day.

Welcoming everyone from friends, family and children, those who come along will be able to view, at their leisure, everything Cadbury House and its suppliers has to offer, helping make anyone’s wedding day truly special.

First and foremost, all of the wedding suites including the The Master Suite, The Drawing Room and The Great Room will be set up in differing wedding styles, providing visitors a true idea on how their day could look.

They will also be able to look around the hotel’s rooms where they and their guests will be able to stay.

In addition, alongside live music from two bands, the venue’s preferred magician will be roaming the grounds ready to entertain and show off his tricks!

The in-house DJ will be playing a series of sets in The Great Room and there will be two different styles of photobooths to check out and always make for fun memories.

Cadbury House senior wedding coordinator Matlida Burgess said: “We understand visiting venues can be time consuming and sometimes a bit of a fuss!

"So the idea behind WedFest is to take the stress away and have a day where everyone is welcome and can enjoy the company of their loved ones while having a look around and meeting the team.

“Kids can enjoy the grounds as well as our pop-up children’s soft play and we’re actively encouraging guests to bring along a picnic blankets so they can lounge back and soak up the enchanting atmosphere of this wonderful venue.

“We will have a barbecue and pizza hut while some of our preferred catering suppliers will also be here to showcase their produce.

"Plus, there will be plenty of sweet treats, an ice cream machine and sweet cart!

“Finally, no festival would be complete without some delicious cocktails, so we’ll have an al fresco cocktail bar to keep thirsty wedding planners suitably refreshed.”

Cadbury House WedFest is on Sunday, July 17, noon-4pm.

To attend please register your interest by calling 01934 834343 and ask for either Matilda or Erin.

Alternatively, please email: and provide your name, telephone number and number of guests you are looking to bring.

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SHOE SHINE: Unfortunately the Weddinton boots featured, which usually sell for £48.99, are currently out of stock on The Welly Shop website. Good excuse to buy a pair bridal blushing pricey pair from Jimmy Choo instead


More dastardly deeds at Cadbury House

A night of whodunit awaits wannabe detectives at the South West’s leading four-star hotel where super sleuths will be able to test their powers of deduction.

Taking place at Cadbury House in Congresbury on Friday, August 19, guests to the gothic-styled venue will become crime scene officers for an evening.

The setting for this particular night of dastardly deeds is in 1937.

The Rt Hon Daphne Ramsbottom is to be married and she is head over heels in love with the dashing Mr Stanton Drew, an English artist who was making his living in Paris when she met him when she was on her Grand tour of Europe.

It will be the society wedding of the year.

Her parents, Colonel (retired) Sir Joseph Ramsbottom, the ex-Governor of Bombay and his wife, Lady Helen Ramsbottom, have devoted a lot of time and effort to make sure that everything is ready.

The guests are now starting to gather, and the presents are piling up nicely. Surely this is going to be a wonderful occasion, what could go wrong? 

It will transpire that the bride appears to be the only person without a hidden agenda on the face of it. Appearances, though, can sometimes be very deceiving!

Cadbury House sales manager Claire Jones said: “The live action murder mystery nights are really popular with guests.

"They’re incredibly immersive, and everyone really gets fully engaged with the actors.

“Add into the mix the gabled exterior its gothic look makes Cadbury House one of the most atmospheric venues for these particular events.

“In the past a lot of guests also get dressed up, which adds further to the night’s entertainment and it’s great to see everyone getting so involved as the drama unfolds.

“Anyone who comes along will be in for a fantastic night of detective work, while enjoying the ambience and atmosphere of the 19th century house as well as a delicious three-course meal.

“I’d strongly recommend to anyone who wants to come to book soon as this event is set to prove very popular and will most certainly be a night to remember.”


Tickets cost £39 per person and includes a three-course dinner with coffee and disco until 1am.

The bar opens at 6.30pm with guests seated for 7.30pm.

For further information go to: 

or call 01934 834343.

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Father's Day glorious food 

Spending some quality time with your dad is the main message a North Somerset restaurant is advocating this Father’s Day.

This year, Sunday, June 19, is dedicated to celebrating doting dads and the team at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at Cadbury House in Congresbury has the day covered with a superb Sunday menu, which includes a complimentary dram of Johnnie Walker.

The restaurant is now taking bookings for the occasion, where families will be able to enjoy a delicious Sunday meal while enjoying the company of those closest to them.

The set menu includes all the hallmarks that made Marco Pierre White such a revered chef and being a father himself, is typical of the sort of food he likes to eat when at home with his children.

Operations manager Mudit Kumar said: “We’re all guilty of dashing about and never giving ourselves or our family the time of day to get together and enjoy a meal out.

"So, slowing down a little and taking time out to spend with the family, and in particular the dads on June 19th, is the perfect way to set that record straight.

“What we provide here is a little bit of escapism where guests can enjoy a meal in comfortable surroundings, while forgetting all about the stresses of

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modern-day life. In the meantime, we get on with the cooking, serving and clearing up!

“There is nothing worse than to look back and think that you didn’t spoil dad on Father’s Day, so the menu, that’s been put together by Marco personally, is a fantastic way to show just how much you care.

“We’ve also got a fantastic competition in place with the prize being an amazing Johnnie Walker Princes Street Distillery Tour and includes the travel and accommodation in Edinburgh!

“All in all, it makes for a perfect day where guests can savour the simple things such as great food, drink and the company of loved ones.”

To reserve a table please visit


MERCURY RISING: Freddie on film. Grab a camping chair or blanket, wrap up and enjoy Bohemian Rhapsody on our giant cinema screen under the moonlit sky at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, the south west's finest four-star boutique hotel and spa. An enchanting venue set within rolling English countryside. Doors open 7.30pm. Film starts shortly after sunset. Friday, July 1, Tickets from £15.68 – £86.83 (for bubble ticket for six)

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When it comes to cooking royalty there are very few chefs who are revered in gastronomic circles in terms of eating out.

That’s why those looking to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee should consider enjoying a meal at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Congresbury, North Somerset, which has put in place plans fit for any royal celebration.

Located at Cadbury House alongside its latest spring menu that’s been created by Marco Pierre White personally, there’s a delicious list of cocktails which are the perfect accompaniment for an occasion of this magnitude.

Operations manager Mudit Kumar said: “This is a once in a lifetime occasion and to celebrate a platinum jubilee will probably never happen again.

“Our latest spring menu has all the hall marks of Marco’s ethos of dining out and we’ve also put in place a cocktail list that’s fit for the jubilee celebrations and marries perfectly with the dishes served.

“We’re also offering a special afternoon tea that’s so quintessentially British and complements all the pomp and ceremony that’s associated with Queen Elizabeth and being British.

“We like to treat all our guests like royalty and what better way to enjoy this special bank holiday weekend than a meal out by the king of cooking.”

For further information visit:


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Electric pitstop

A leading North Somerset hotel and health club has increased the number of electric car charge points so that an increasing number of guests and members can ‘fill up’ their vehicles during their visit.

The hotel and health club at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in North Somerset has now added a number of Instavolt charge stations and is one of the first venues in the south west to provide this service to its guest, customers and health club members.

The installation of these new EV charge stations is in addition to a trio of Tesla charging ports that were installed a few years ago on the back of a rise in electric cars usage.

These new units are available for any electric vehicle driver to use on a pay-as-you-go, no subscription basis. There’s no connection charge and all drivers do is simply tap their contactless credit or debit card and only pay for the electricity used.

Costing around £20 to £26 for a full charge, drivers will be able to add around 200 miles of range. 

Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “More and more of our customers and members are driving electric cars and with petrol costs spiraling the trend for electric cars is only going to get more popular.

“As a result we need to be able to accommodate our guest’s needs to charge up during their stay and the installation of these latest EV charge stations 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."

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More than 61,000 electric and hybrid vehicles were registered in the UK in December 2021 and it’s this sales surge that has seen more and more demand for plug in ports at venues like Cadbury House.

Mehmet added: “We envisage this as only the beginning of providing electric car owners the facilities they need when coming here and look forward to welcoming EV car owners from across the country.”

For further information please visit or call 01934 834343.

Cadbury House Abba night

A night of 70s glamour at Cadbury House where fans of arguably Sweden’s best-known exports will be able to dance the night away while enjoying the music that made them one of the world’s most famous pop acts.

The gig on Friday, May 20, is with tribute band Abba’s Angels who will be belting out tracks such as Waterloo, Dancing Queen and Winner Takes It All which made Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid one of the best-selling music artists of all-time.

Cadbury House sales manager Claire Jones said: “This is a must for any fans of the Swedish fab four.

“We’ve held Abba tribute nights before and they are one of our most popular events.

"Guests really get into the spirit of what made Abba such a huge success and get dressed up in outfits that would have graced the biggest Eurovision stage.

“Anyone who wants to Take a Chance on a great night out now need to get in touch.

"It’ll certainly allow gusts that opportunity to  say Thank You (Abba) For The Music!”

Tickets at £45 per person include a two-course buffet and disco until 1am. 

For further information please visit or call 01934 834343

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Dastardly deeds at Cadbury House

A night of whodunit awaits wannabe detectives at the South West’s leading four-star hotel where super sleuths will be able to test their powers of deduction.

Taking place at Cadbury House in Congresbury on Friday, April 29, guests to the gothic-styled venue will be transported back to 1937 when the popular destination hotel was better known as Mopton Brayside Public School which is holding its Grand Dinner at the end of another fine academic year.

However, this year has been slightly different with the sudden and unexpected death of the deputy head and maths master Mr James Crabtree.

The school called the police and the subsequent post-mortem examination carried out on Crabtree’s body revealed a shocking discovery.

While everyone had assumed the old man had fallen down the stairs and struck his head on the radiator, the grisly truth was that poor old Crabtree was dead before he had hit the first step, brutally stabbed at close range in the temple with a stiletto knife!

Cadbury House sales manager Claire Jones said: “The live action murder mystery nights are really popular with guests.

"They’re incredibly immersive, and everyone really gets fully engaged with the actors.

“Add into the mix the gabled exterior its gothic look makes Cadbury House one of the most atmospheric venues for these particular events.

“In the past a lot of guests also get dressed up, which adds further to the night’s entertainment and it’s great to see everyone getting so involved as the drama unfolds.

“Anyone who comes along will be in for a fantastic night of detective work, while enjoying the ambience and atmosphere of the 19th century house as well as a delicious three-course meal.

“I’d strongly recommend to anyone who wants to come to book soon as this event is set to prove very popular and will most certainly be a night to remember.”

Tickets cost £39 per person and includes a three-course dinner with coffee and disco until 1am.

For further information please visit or call 01934 83434

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Families across North Somerset wanting to make sure their mothers are made to feel special this Mothering Sunday should consider booking a table at one of the area’s most popular places to eat.

Shaped by the tragic death of his Italian mother, Maria Rosa Gallina, when he was just six, famed chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White knows all too well the importance of making the most of having someone special you can love, appreciate and have around for advice.

He now wants families from across the to make sure their own mothers know how much they mean to them by treating them to a fabulous meal out.

Despite his fearsome reputation that made him arguably the first, world-renowned, super star chef, many might be surprised to know that the one dubbed the original ‘enfant terrible’ is not only a very humble and private individual but holds highly the importance of family.

Families who pop along to Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant at Cadbury House in Congresbury on Sunday, March 27, will really be able to show their mums how much they mean while enjoying a ‘Pink Grapefruit Cooler’ cocktail on the house.

Bogdan Chiritou, restaurant manager said: “The atmosphere here is perfect for a relaxing family meal out.

“Marco said in his book The Devil in the Kitchen, that it wasn’t until he was 31-years-old before he could analyse the tremendous impact of his mother’s life, and death, upon his own.

“Treating your mum to a nice meal out in a relaxed environment is a lovely way to show how much you care and is a great way to get the whole family together.

“Mums are always running around after everyone else and often don’t take any time for themselves. A meal out will show her that she can be looked after too and give her a day to remember.

“We’re in the business of feeding people in a great environment where the service is of the highest standard.

"That’s why we’ll be pulling out all the stops so that from the moment guests arrive they are made to feel special, especially the mums.”

For further information or to book please visit

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Marco shares his meatie pie recipe 

Food lovers will be licking their lips in anticipation during the first week of March which has become well known as being British Pie Week which runs from Monday to Sunday, 7-13.

With the date just around the corner, renowned restaurateur Marco Pierre White believes the great British public should now give, what is regarded as one of the country’s favourite dishes, some much-needed appreciation.

And with there being a move to more plant-based dishes, the famed chef believes that despite the change in tastes, there still remains a lot of interest in more traditional foods and is where the humble pie is holding its own.

With pies potentially losing out to the new wave of eating habits, the no nonsense restaurateur is keen to point out that he will not be taking pies off any of his restaurant menus anytime soon such as his Mr Lamb’s Shepherd's Pie and The English House Chicken & Leek Pie.

He said: “Britain is a pie loving nation and there is a wide variety of flavours and types dating back centuries and means pies will definitely remain on offer for my customers at my Steakhouse Bar and Grill at Cadbury House in North Somerset.

“There’s a story behind almost every pie with most recipes originating from the working classes around the 1700s and 1800s.

“Cottage pie, shepherd’s pie and fish pie always come high on people’s favourite lists, while chicken and mushroom pie is another English classic from the 1800s.

"I’d also add in there Lancashire hot pot, steak and ale pie and Oxtail and kidney pudding.”

According to Pierre White, the secret to a great pie is using good quality ingredients and are so versatile, can be made from almost anything depending on taste.

He added: “Traditionally both Shepherd’s and Cottage Pies were made using leftover roasted meat, either beef or mutton, with mashed potato as a rather ingenious pie crust.

“The use of raw meat is a more recent addition – back in 1791 when the first reference to this most English of dishes was noted, using raw meat would have been unthinkable.

"Not much can beat a good Shepherd’s Pie and I’ve had it on the menu at many of my restaurants for years.

“It is a dish welcomed by paupers and kings alike and it’s the perfect TV supper dish served with a spoonful or two or peas.

“With so many great pies and recipes out there, it really is down to personal preference or you can just pop in to one of my restaurants and let us do the work.”

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Marco Pierre White’s - Mr Lamb’s Shepherd’s Pie


Makes 6 – 8 individual pies


50ml olive oil, not extra virgin

1 small onion, finely chopped

1kg lean lamb, minced

150ml water

1200ml lamb stock

2 large carrots, peeled and finely diced

½ bunch thyme, leaves only and finely chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

500g mashed potatoes, enough to cover six pies


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large roasting tray n top of the stove, add finely chopped onion and sweat until tender. Add the minced lamb and fry for a few minutes to break up any big lumps. Add the water and transfer the tray to the pre-heated oven. Every 10 minutes, break up the mince with a whisk – all of the natural fat from the lamb will render out of the meat. Carry on cooking until the lamb is golden-brown in colour.

  3. Pour the cooked lamb into a colander to drain off the excess fat and grease, the return it back to the original tray. Place the tray on the hob, add just enough lamb stock to cover and bring the whole thing up to the boil over a medium-low heat.

  4. Meanwhile, blanch the diced carrot in rapidly boiling salted water until soft, but not mushy, refresh in cold water and keep to one side.

  5. Gently simmer the lamb mince until it becomes quite binding in consistency. Add the chopped thyme and the blanched carrot. Adjust the salt and black pepper according to taste.

  6. Transfer the mince into earthenware or china pie dishes, approximately 15 – 20 cm in diameter. Press the mince down to give a smooth surface onto which the potato can be piped. Using a piping bag with large nozzle, carefully pipe and even layer of potato over the surface of the pie.

  7. Bake the pies in an oven at 180 degrees C for 10 – 15 minutes, until the potato begins to turn golden-brown and the pie is piping hot in the centre.

Award-winning Cadbury staff

Chef James Small and reservation assistant Rachel Cooke, at Cadbury House won awards at the Night of the Stars event organised by the Bristol Hoteliers Association.

The pair received their awards at a glittering  evening at Ashton Gate.

The event did not take place in 2021 because of the pandemic.

Cadbdury Huuse general manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “There’s no denying that the past 24 months has been very tough for the hospitality sector, so it was fantastic to be able to celebrate and reward people’s hard work and successes.

"We’re extremely proud of James and Rachel and they both deserve this recognition. It great to receive awards but there’s something quite satisfying to receive them from your peers.

"Rachel received the Community Spirit award for her ongoing commitment and dedication to her charity work.

"In addition to her work on behalf of the RNLI, which saw her walk the South-West Coastal Path in Dorset, covering over 138km and taking over 175 hours to complete and raising nearly £1,000 she has also helped by donating her time to the Cinnamon Trust, an organisation that specialise in caring for the pets of the terminally ill.

"For James, who having started with no kitchen experience and having worked through two lockdowns, his ability to learn and positive attitude was what swayed the judges’ decision.

"He now trains new chefs on their respective sections and is a vital part of the kitchen team at Cadbury House.

Mehmet added: “The hospitality sector is reliant on people like James and Rachel, and it was great to not only celebrate their success, but that of all the other winners.

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"It was also great to see friends and colleagues from other hotels, something we haven’t been able to do for quite some time!”

PHOTO: From left James Small, Demi Chef de Partie – winner of chef of he year; Mudit Kumar, Operations Manager, Cadbury House and  Rachel Cooke, Reservations assistant – winner of community spirit

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FOOD OF LOVE: Marco Pierre White restaurant at Cadbury House has a special St Valentine's menu offering five courses for £35.95 per person. These are available from Thursday to Monday, February 10-14 5.30-9.30pm.

To book click HERE to download menu click HERE 

Marco Pierre White plant-based dishes

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Famed chef Marco Pierre White is introducing a selection of plant-based dishes to the menu of his North Somerset-based restaurant.

The new dishes will include plant-based meat from food pioneering firm Redefine Meat and means the restaurant which is located at the Cadbury House in Congresbury is the first venue in the region to offer this revolutionary new produce.

The increase in the number of plant-based dishes comes as more and more guests turn to a plant-based diet, and with big name stars such as Sir Lewis Hamilton having turned vegan, the lifestyle choice is becoming increasingly popular.

Helping cut obesity, blood pressure and lowering the levels of type 2 diabetes, many also switch for health reasons and use ‘Veganuary’ as the starting point for their new diet

The no-nonsense chef and famed restaurateur now hopes guests will enjoy the new dishes that sit alongside regular favourites.

Marco said: “There is a place for all types of menus and the increase in plant-based dishes reflects what more and more customers now want.

“The world needs to eat less meat, but the reality is that until now plant-based meat products have fallen way short in terms of the quality and versatility required for our menus.

"Redefine Meat's products expands the plant-based industry beyond minced meat products to whole muscle cuts while giving you all the sustainability and health benefits of plant-based without the compromise on taste and texture.”

“In the past, there was definitely a stereotype of people who were vegan but with more millennials and younger people switching to the diet, that has now completely gone.“I went on a vegan diet once and although I’m back on what I’d call a more balanced diet, I certainly lost a lot of weight.”

While the number of vegan dishes is increasing, the one labelled the

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original ‘enfant terrible’ is keen to point out that it won’t compromise the rest of his menus, which will cater for all tastes and diets.Marco added: “I learnt a lot when I was on the vegan diet and gave me a good insight into what makes a good vegan recipe.

"You can’t expect to get away with offering a vegetable lasagne or vegetarian moussaka as an after-thought.

“What we’ve done is develop recipes and combinations that not only appeal but cater for those who now enjoy a vegan diet.

“I’m in the business of feeding people and feeding them well in a nice environment with excellent service and that is what I think we’ve achieved with the new range of plant-based dishes.”

For further information click HERE.

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Book now for Christmas 2022

Christmas at Cadbury House Hotel was a hoot – a very happy hoot.

Usually, Christmas on the domestic front is a frantic, often stressful, time with all the shopping, preparing/cooking – peeling mountains of spuds and preparing brussel sprouts ad infinitum - with endless present wrapping and entertaining for family and friends.

But the strain of Covid and three lockdowns and cancellations of previous years had taken its toll and it was decided for 2021 to book into the four-star Congresbury hotel just down the road from Nailsea.

It was the best decision ever.

On my Christmas wish list was a complete rest and to let someone else do the washing-up.

Okay there were some last-minute worries about whether this was going to happen as we all feared more restrictions which must have played havoc for hospitality venues trying to plan staffing and catering arrangements.

However, it was no worries, it was wonderful from the moment we checked in to the moment we tumbled out after three days of recuperation and pure bliss.

Our room was really comfy, the view over North Somerset towards the Bristol Channel sublime, king-sized double bed divine and all the in-house facilities you could wish for all part of the special all-inclusive festive package.

Keeping us safe all guest accommodation was sealed with a Hilton ‘clean stay’ sticker and room service was ‘by request’ only.

Chatting in the bar – at a socially polite/enforced distance from fellow guests - we learned that many had done a last-minute escape to the country ‘bunk’ from the capital saying Covid figures in London made them head to a rural setting pronto.

They literally loaded up their Chelsea 4X4s with sacks full of presents and children to look for a safe countryside venue with gym/swimming pool, three very happy families told us.

Cadbury did its best to accommodate all its last-minute guests for which they were truly grateful.

An à la carte Christmas Eve meal for two in the Marco Pierre White was lovely, great service, good food and fine wine.

But Christmas day was the best. Four hours after an amazing buffet breakfast we gathered for a Champagne reception and Christmas lunch in the Great Room. It was a leisurely delight with no chores afterwards!

We were joined by our extended family on a beautifully decorated table for nine with an age range of aged 10 to 90+!

The four/five course menu (many traditional choices) was wonderful but in a precautionary nod all food was served straight onto individual dinner plates with no serve yourself shared dishes – only one family complained!

The meal finished at 4.30pm and between the many courses young people played on the climbing frame or in the Venetian photo booth with props.

The jolly adults chatted and toasted the season of goodwill in spirited fashion.

The pièce de résistance for all was the arrival of a jovial Santa ringing a bell who greeted all the u12s with presents.

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And as if it couldn’t get any better imagine spending Boxing Day outside in freezing temperatures sat in a steaming hot tub after a fabulous swim.

This was followed by an Italian afternoon tea which included a helping of tiramisu and ciabatta burgers at the upstairs bistro Bardolino.

Our friendly waitress was super-efficient and didn’t bat an eyelid when under the ‘special dietary requirements’ we had failed to pre-warn of our vegetarian daughter who along with sister and dairy-free niece joined us for the noel adventure.


Would we do it again? Yes, yes, yes.

It is unfair to single out a member of staff for special praise as both the front-of-house and behind the scenes people were amazing so we will leave it to general manager Mehmet Kandemir to extend our sincere thanks.

However, just a quick mention to the young men on reception whose motto appeared to be ‘your wish is my command’ who if they couldn’t answer a question or query straight away aways knew a person who could.

And plaudits to MPW manager Bogdan Chiritoiu and his staff who went the extra mile (or three!) to enhance our fine dining experience.

Cadbury House is in the process of confirming its 2022 Christmas brochure and in the next few weeks will release details of some special early bid offers.

In the meantime, check out its Events Calendar 2022, top,  and if anything appeals call 01934 834343 or email for more details.

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Something new for new year

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Couples looking to tie the knot in North Somerset can visit a special wedding fayre at one of the region’s top venues.

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury is host on Sunday, January 9, to couples looking for inspiration for their big day can pick up some helpful tips as well as some exclusive offers.

Starting from 10.30am, visitors to the fayre will be able to see the ceremony and reception rooms which will be set up to demonstrate different colour schemes, styles and layouts.

Visitors will also enjoy welcome drinks, canapes and goody bags for all new wedding couples to Cadbury House.

Those who book will also be able to take advantage of some exclusive offers that will only be available to those who attend on the day.

Renowned for its stunning views and contemporary boutique style, the four-star hotel will also play host a collection of professional local suppliers while the highly experienced wedding team will be on hand to offer help and advice on everything from food, rooms and cars.

Cadbury House’s wedding coordinator Matilda Burgess said: “Following Christmas and New Year those who have recently got engaged turn their attention to making plans for their big day.

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

“The wedding team are on hand for every step of the process and can give as much or as little help as needs be.

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"We offer the complete package here at Cadbury House and we absolutely love being part of such a special event.

“The venue is renowned for being a top wedding venue and it’s easy to see why. 

"The fayre is designed to show couples what we have to offer and they are free to wander around the grounds, take a look at the bedrooms and as well as the function rooms.”

With several rooms licensed to hold both Civil Marriage Ceremonies and Commitment Ceremonies there are many options for couples to consider.

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.

The Wedding Fayre is 10.30am-2pm on Sunday 9 January 2020.

There is free parking on site.

For further details please call the Wedding Team on 01934 834343 (Option 1) or email

PHOTOS:Top image by Adam Barnard Photography


Wurzels pre-Christmas gig

West Country favourites The Wurzels, are returning to Cadbury House this December for a gig that will put party goers in the right Christmas spirit

Performing their popular West Country classics, such as I am a Cider Drinker, Blackbird, I’ve Got a Brand New Combine Harvester and Drink Up Thy Zider, the event is on Tuesday, December 21, within the stunning setting of the luxury four-star hotel.

Having missed out on a number of events due to pandemic restrictions, this particular gig is expected to sell out quickly so bosses at the popular venue are advising anyone who wants to go along to buy their tickets now.

In keeping with the West Country theme, the Wurzel-inspired night will also include a delicious two-course buffet including hog roll and chocolate filled churros coated in cinnamon.  There will also be plenty of cider to help wash down the food.

General manager Mehment Kandimer said: “It’s fantastic to welcome back the legendary Wurzels to Cadbury House.

"We’ve all missed out on so much during the past 18 months or so and to have them perform again here at Cadbury House is fantastic news.

"The last few performances have completely sold out so we’re advising people get their tickets now.

“Their unique entertainment style is always a winner and we’ve no doubt that this night will be as good if not better than the last – especially as it’s just before Christmas.

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Tickets for the night cost £37.95 and includes hog roast. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available on request.

For further information or to reserve tickets please call 01934 834343 (option 1) 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or email


Wednesday whodunnit party nights

Super sleuths wanting to put their powers of deduction to the test this Christmas should make their way to Cadbury House where the most taxing of murder mystery nights awaits!

On Wednesdays, December 8 and 15, guests to the gothic-styled venue will be transported back to Christmas 1957, a time when Cadbury House was known as St David’s School and where a certain Mr Uffton Harlecombe had just left the December meeting of the Board of Governors.

However, there was very little ‘Christmas cheer’ at this particular meeting where Harlecombe had left no one in any doubt that crossing him was not a smart career move.

But it seemed Harlecombe had made a massive misjudgement and that one person was going to make this a Christmas everyone would want to forget in the case of Santa’s Claws!

Cadbury House general manager Mehment Kandemir said: “Murder mystery nights have become hugely popular in recent years made all the better by the people who take part and the setting in which they are held.

“Cadbury House, with its gabled exterior and the gothic look just can’t be beaten for atmosphere for these particular events.

“It’s great to see everyone getting so involved as the drama unfolds. Super sleuths who come along will be in for a fantastic night of detective work, while enjoying the ambience and atmosphere of the 19th century house as well as a delicious three-course meal.

“I’d strongly recommend to anyone who wants to come to book soon as this event is set to prove very popular and will most certainly be a night to remember.”

The detective event costs is £39.95 per person and includes a three-course set menu with coffee and mince pies.

Vegetarian & vegan option must be pre-ordered and there is a disco until 1am.

To reserve a place call 01934 834343 (option 1) 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, email or book online at

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GO CLUBBING; The clubandspa is a luxury facility at Cadbury House with a huge selection of top-quality equipment to suit all your needs. As if you aren’t rewarded enough, here’s a little heads up that theClub Open Week starts Monday, September 13. During the week, there will be special offers for our members - because we think you deserve it!  Join us on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday for 50 per cent off any main meal in Bardolino, Wednesday and Thursday for 50 per cent off tea and coffee and Friday and Saturday for 50 per cent off any smoothie. Due to extremely high demand, we’ve secured 10 additional spaces to join the clubandspa with no joining fee and a free kit bag! There aren’t many left - don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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CHARITY SPIN: Thursday, August 26 8am-8pm 12hr-spinathon at Cadbury House health club by Mark and Jason raising money for Props and Cancer Research

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Staff vacancies

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The restaurant at Cadbury House is on the look out for new members of staff as lockdown restrictions ease and demand to eat out hits unprecedented levels.

Bogdan Chiritoiu, who is restaurant manager at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill wants to hear from those not only looking for a new job but thinks they’ve got what it takes to work in a venue that is overseen by arguably the UK’s most famous chef.

Bogdan said: “The hospitality sector, like many others, was hit hard over the past 15 months and we’re delighted to welcome guests back again.

"Since we reopened our doors, demand to eat out has gone through the roof as guests make the most of being allowed to go out.

“We’ve got a host of front and back of house jobs up for grabs and want to find the best staff that that will make guests’ experience second-to-none while helping to boost local employment.

“Those who put themselves forward and are chosen will then be put through a training programme that will see them brought up to speed on the exacting standards required by the three-starred Michelin maestro.

“The standard required will be very high and those who think they’ve got what it takes have to be totally dedicated, professional and will want to strive to be the best in all they do.

“It’s great that we’re now in a position to recruit new members to join the team. We’re expecting a lot of interest from those keen to gain experience of working in an environment created by Britain’s greatest ever chef.

“The standard required will be very high and those who think they’ve got what it takes have to be totally dedicated, professional and will want to strive to be the best in all they do.

"There is a mix of roles that will create the personality of the restaurant and we are looking for enthusiastic, determined and dedicated staff with an excellent work ethic to complement the existing staff.”

Applicants will need to email their CVs to


In recognition of World Gin Day, on Saturday, June 12, popular North Somerset-based restaurant offered its customers a new range of delicious gin specials.

Available at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at Cadbury House in Congresbury, the drinks were devised by the revered chef who teamed up with award-winning Cygnet distillery to elevate what is regarded as being one of the most popular and iconic drinks on offer.

With the gin and tonic having had a bit of ‘ginaissance’ in recent years with new distilleries popping up all over the country, bars and restaurants across the UK have also increased dramatically the number and types of gin-based drinks they serve.

Aficionados of the juniper-based tipple who visited the Congresbury-based restaurant were able to enjoy a mix of drinks devised by Pierre White in conjunction with Cygnet Distillery’s master distiller Dai Wakely.

Produced in Swansea with a recipe inspired in part by the attempt to cure cholera by two local people in the mid-1800s, Dai uses a selection of botanicals from all over the world (and links well with Swansea's history as a port for incoming good from across the globe).

This includes juniper, lemon peel, lime peel, pink grapefruit peel, orange peel, liquorice root, orris root, coriander seed, angelica root, cardamom seed, almond and chamomile.

Mehmet Kandemir, general manager said: “We were delighted to offer these new premium gin brands. Marco’s knowledge of flavour is quite extraordinary and I’m sure guests will enjoy what we’ve got on offer.

“More than ever people now are interested in the provenance and authenticity of what they are drinking and that’s precisely what these specials are.”

Included on Marco and Dai’s list are the Cygnature G&T, The Lemon Drop, The Orange & Elderflower Bulb, The Blackberry Gin Fizz and The Raspberry Honey Badger.

Mehmet added: “Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a premium G&T or gin-based cocktail and we hope guests visit us to enjoy a delicious meal while sipping one of these superb drinks in the company of friends and family.”

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Gin & Tonic recipes


Orange & Elderflower Bulb

Glass: Wine



25ml Cygnet Dry Gin

25ml Cointreau

½ Freshly Squeezed Orange Slice

200ml Franklin & Sons Elderflower Lemonade


Shake gin, Cointreau and blood orange juice with ice

Double strain into a chilled wine glass filled with cubed ice

Top with Franklin & Sons Elderflower Lemonade

Garnish with blood orange and rosemary

Raspberry & Honey Badger

Glass: Rocks



50ml Cygnet Dry Gin

25ml Honey

25ml Lemon Juice

5 Raspberries, 4 Mint Leaves

Franklin & Sons Ginger Beer


Muddle raspberries with honey in a rocks glass then fill to brim with crushed ice

Shake gin, lemon juice and mint leaves with ice

Strain into your glass and top with Franklin & Sons Ginger Beer

Garnish with mint sprig, lemon and fresh raspberry

MPW at Cadbury House opens Monday, May 17

Having endured one of the toughest 12 months of trading on record, a popular North Somerset-based restaurant is in the final preparations to throw open its doors to guests as the latest Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at Cadbury House is now looking forward to welcoming guests to enjoy indoor dining for the first time in more than four months on Monday, May 17.

Operations manager Raivo Korotkovs said: “The phone has been ringing off the hook while online-based reservations have also been coming in thick and fast and the mood is certainly one of celebration.

"A lot of people have missed out on events such as birthdays, anniversaries and engagements so we’re looking forward to making sure guests make up for lost time.

“We’re already at about 80 per cent capacity for the first week of opening and shows the pent-up demand in the area.

“Based on enquiries so far, it looks like steak is going to be in the box seat when it comes to favourite mains and it seems guests are out to enjoy themselves to the full with plenty of questions coming in regarding starters and desserts.

“Of course, we’ll still be operating the required social distancing measures but the feeling is guests now regard this as being the norm.

“I truly believe there is a healthy appetite to dine out and we now want

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customers from across the region to come and enjoy a relaxing meal out and can’t wait to welcome them back.”

To reserve a table please visit

Countdown to Cadbury wedding ceremonies

Staff at one of the West Country’s leading wedding venues have started to put in place plans so that they can start to welcome back couples looking to tie the knot.

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on the easing of lockdown venues like Cadbury House at Congresbury will once again be able to host wedding ceremonies and breakfasts for doting couples looking to get married.

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

The dedicated wedding team is now looking forward to helping couples plan their big day and celebrate in style.

Leigh Nicholson, one of the wedding team said: “The past 12 months has been incredibly disruptive, especially for those who were planning on getting married so it’s great news that we will be able to start hosting weddings once again.

"A wedding is one of the most important occasions in a person’s life, so our role is to make sure it is absolutely perfect and as stress-free as possible.

“We’ll now be pulling out all the stops so we are ready to welcome brides, grooms and their guests here at Cadbury House.”

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.

The elegance of the old country house combined with the contemporary boutique styling of the four-star hotel lends itself to being the ideal venue for weddings.

Leigh added: “From Monday, May 17, we will be in a position to hold smaller, intimate weddings, then from Monday, June 21, it’ll be back to normal where we will be able to welcome full wedding parties.

“Cadbury House is an amazing venue for weddings.

"The tree-lined drive leads up to the gothic-styled house and hotel and is arguably one of the prettiest anywhere in the region so we can’t wait to get going again and helping loved-up couples enjoy the best day of their lives.”

For further details call the wedding team on 01934 834343 Option 1 or email

For more information about DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House visit

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Jason is back as fitness boss

Former professional footballer Jason Eaton is back in charge of the club and spa at Cadbury House.

Jason, aged 51, has been reappointed the general manager of the award-winning venue. and resumes the role he held for more than a decade from January 2021.

Living locally, the well-known dad of two, will focus his time on making sure members and guests of the club make the most of and take maximum benefit of the facilities and classes.

Jason said: “It’s great to be back! The welcome I’ve already had from both members and staff has been fantastic.

“There’s been a few changes during my time away, but the range and scope of classes and facilities makes this club like no other in the region.

“Of course, in the current situation, we’re hugely conscious of people’s health and safety which is our number one priority.

"Fortunately we’ve been passed Safe to Trade following an in-depth audit by a Government backed health and safety group.

“It means members and guests of theclub can enjoy their work out safe in the knowledge that everything has been done to ensure their health and well-being.”

Undertaken by the Shield Safety Group, the audit, which was carried out as an extra precaution by the club’s management and is regulated by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, independently verifies that a business is taking safety performance seriously and lets them demonstrate their commitment to trading safely, through robust compliance controls.

Jason said: “The benefits of exercise for both physical and mental well-being is key to helping people get through these unprecedented times so it’s great to have the safe to trade status.“We were already operating with strict and additional measures to ensure we adhere to the advice and regulations as outlined by the Government and industry bodies, so this additional audit will give our members and guests added confidence that they can use the facilities assured that we’ve gone above and beyond what’s expected in terms of trading safely.”

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With an enviable reputation for the level of facilities the Cadbury House-based health club has one of the best reputations across the whole South West and attracts members from a very wide geographic area.

Jason added: “It’s quite rare to have an independent club likes this that has such high, premium level of facilities.

“The region is one of the most competitive markets in the UK for health clubs and to have such a strong reputation and member base is testament to the team who have worked so hard here to keep it at the forefront of the health club scene.

“I’m delighted to be back and am now looking forward to working closely with what is a fantastic team and to realise further the potential of this amazing health club.”


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Tiers of joy as Cadbury House re-opens

It’s all systems go at two of North Somerset’s leading restaurants following news that the county has dropped a level on the Government’s Covid-19 tier system.

The team at Cadbury House in Congresbury is now preparing to welcome guests back to the venue’s two Marco Pierre White restaurants.

While the hotel and health club have been operating since early December, the restaurants remained shut as the area was under Tier 3 restrictions. But the easing to Tier 2 will mean people living in the area will at last be able to pop out to enjoy a festive meal in a Covid-safe environment.

General manager Mehmet Kandemir at the popular four-star venue is now looking forward to welcoming guests from Saturday, December 19, as well as on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

He said: “It’s great news that we can re-open our restaurants for those wanting to dine out and celebrate in the run up to Christmas.

 “Of-course we’ll be operating under strict Covid-19 secure guidelines but want to make sure anyone thinking about coming out for a meal in either the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse or Bardolino Pizzeria can do so assured that we’ve gone above and beyond what’s expected.

“We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene and we’ve taken every precaution so that those who dine with us can do so safe in the knowledge that all has been done to safeguard their health and that of the staff.

“When we reopened in the summer following the first lockdown, the response from customers was amazing and we’re expecting the same response again.

 “There was a real buzz at both restaurants and once customers had been in to enjoy either lunch, afternoon tea or dinner they could see for themselves the measures we had put in place to ensure the safety of both guests and staff.

“This, without question, made them feel comfortable to eat out and the same applies now we can once again reopen and can’t wait to welcome guests here at Cadbury House.”

For further information or to book a table in the hotel go to or upstairs at the health club it is here

TIER THREE: Cadbury House is open for key workers and business travel from Wednesday, December 2. The hotel will operate a bed and breakfast service, safely delivering continental breakfasts to your door. The MPW steakhouse remains closed. The situation is due to be reviews when the government makes its next announcement on Wednesday, December 16. The management and staff at Cadbury House can't wait to welcome everyone back as soon as they are able. Meanwhile at the health club next door members can book 15-min slots on the MyWellness App for the saunas and steam rooms and complimentary coffee and a slice of pizze is being served to those completing a workout. Check website for more details.

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Marco masterclass

One of the UK’s best known chef, who has two restaurants at Cadbury House is a main draws of a  new BBC e-learning service that offers never before access to the minds of some of the world’s greatest creative talents.

Fans of Marco Pierre White, whose restaurants are located at the hotel and upstairs at the health centre at Cadbury House in Congresbury, can now enjoy more than 30 online lessons where he reveals some of the skills that made him the first British and youngest chef (at the time) to attain three Michelin stars.

Called BBC Maestro, and in partnership with BBC Studios, the digital tutorials will allow aspiring cooks to indulge in their passion for food from the comfort of their own home and is ideal during the current lockdown.

Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “At a time when the country is in lockdown, this is a great way for people to learn some new skills from arguably the UK’s best-ever and most influential chef so it’s great to see Marco pass on his knowledge.

“Marco often talks about how going out for a meal provides a little bit of escapism so despite us  not being able to go out and eat, cooking a delicious meal for loved ones or even yourself, is a great way for aspiring cooks to take their minds off the current situation.”

Personally crafted by Pierre White, the intimate and informative experience will bring the one dubbed the godfather of modern cooking, directly into the homes and lives of those who have subscribed to the new service.

Marco said: “It’s not about recipes, this is about food.

"The understanding of food.

"How to take something as simple as a potato and take it somewhere it’s never been before.

"It’s impossible to cook three-star food at home without a team, but what I can do is impart that three-star understanding and show people how to introduce it into cooking at home.”

Mehmet added: “Of course, once the lockdown restrictions ease, those who might have subscribed and had a go at some of Marco’s lessons, can pop in here to sample some of the dishes he created and let us take care of what’s on the table while they relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.”

For further information please visit

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Black Friday is grey area

Two North Somerset-based restaurants planned to turn black Friday white this November as they geared up for what has become an annual sales frenzy where shoppers look to pick up deals on the back of retailers slashing their prices.

Black Friday is on November 27 and Cyber Monday follows just after on November 30 in this funny 2020.

Many businesses have chosen to treat Black Friday as a month of deals, rather than just a weekend.

The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill and Bardolino Pizzeria, which are located at Cadbury House and are overseen by famed chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White, are trying to put in place a range of Black Friday deals that the team there hope will get the taste buds drooling from foodies across the region.

But because of Lockdown 2 it is unclear when this will go ahead.

UPDATE: Click HERE as offer starts on Friday, November 13!! 


Following the Government’s lockdown we are sad to announce that DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse will be closed for four weeks as of 10pm on Wednesday, November 4. When we are allowed to reopen on Thursday, December 3, we will continue to ensure that Cadbury House is a safe place for our members and guests to stay, eat, drink and relax in confidence. For those with concerns regarding bookings during this time of forced closure, please contact We look forward to welcoming you back to Cadbury House soon.


General manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “It’s all a little different this year however once we reopen following the latest lockdown restrictions the prospect of going out for a meal will prove irresistible for many fed up of staring at the same four walls!

“And with the retail trend of shopping online having gone into overdrive during the COVID-19 pandemic, those wanting something to look forward to will find the offer to dine in one of the famed chef’s restaurants or buy it as a gift for a loved one hard to resist.”

With online purchasing accounting for 62 per cent of all shopping during lockdown, compared to 43 per cent before the pandemic, Covid-19 has ushered in a new age of consumer behaviour, with the vast majority of Brits planning to stick to their lockdown online buying habits and is something Mehmet is fully aware of.
Mehmet said: “In the current situation, we all need a little escapism and what better way than gifting a delicious meal out or even treating yourself."We’ll also be leaving the redemption date open so there’s no rush for guests to book a table once they’ve purchased their voucher.”