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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...

 

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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.

Fab-u-lous.

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 info@cadburyhouse.com 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 weddings@cadburyhouse.com.

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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 info@cadburyhouse.com.

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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 info@cadburyhouse.com or book online at https://www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk/christmas-murder-mystery

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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 Bogdan.Chiritoiu@mpwsteakhousebristol.com.

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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

 

Ingredients:

25ml Cygnet Dry Gin

25ml Cointreau

½ Freshly Squeezed Orange Slice

200ml Franklin & Sons Elderflower Lemonade

Method:

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

 

Ingredients:

50ml Cygnet Dry Gin

25ml Honey

25ml Lemon Juice

5 Raspberries, 4 Mint Leaves

Franklin & Sons Ginger Beer

Method:

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 https://www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk/our-brands/steakhouse-bar-and-grill/bristol.

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 weddings@cadburyhouse.com

For more information about DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House visit www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk

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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 https://www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk/our-brands/steakhouse-bar-and-grill/bristol or upstairs at the health club it is here https://www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk/our-brands/bardolino/bristol

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 www.bbcmaestro.com.

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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!! 

LOCKDOWN 2 ANNOUNCEMENT

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 info@cadburyhouse.com. 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.”

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With three offers in place, food lovers can purchase online £100 voucher to spend in the chef’s restaurant for £50, a £50 voucher for £30 or a £25 voucher for £15.

He added: “The three offers in place will appeal to a wide range of guests either looking to redeem the offer themselves or who want to buy it as a gift for a loved one or friend.

"They’re the ideal stocking filler as well so anyone thinking about Christmas gift ideas might want to consider this as an option.

“There’s lots and lots of deals out there, but nothing beats going out for a meal and enjoying the atmosphere of a restaurant where the service is relaxed and friendly and the food generous.”

Nailsea People will let guests know when this offer is live.

For further information please visit https://www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk/

Beef-up Thursday

Despite the ongoing challenges of navigating the coronavirus pandemic, a Congresbury-based restaurant is giving foodies from across North Somerset an added incentive to eat out on Thursday night.

It means those who enjoy a weekly ritual of enjoying a sumptuous steak dinner can visit the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, which is located at Cadbury House, where a special Thursday ‘steak night’ menu has been put together to satisfy those early weekend steak fixes.

Mehmet Kandemir, general manager said: “Steak has remained one of the most popular dinner items for decades and the UK’s appetite for a juicy rump, sirloin, ribeye or fillet is as popular as ever.

“The idea behind our new Steak Night is to give guests the chance to kick off their weekends by enjoying a delicious but simply cooked steak in the glamourous surroundings of a Marco Pierre White restaurant.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a family meal out, afterwork treat or even the date night you’ve talked about since March!

“Steak and chips is a perpetual favourite among our guests. What we find is that to really make the dish sing you need the best quality meat.

"We use Campbell Brothers as the consistency and quality is what we are looking for.

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“And to get the best flavour, instead of anointing the steaks with olive oil, I mix the oil into a paste with a stock cube and paint it on both sides. Cooking is all about adding flavour and often use a stock cube instead of salt.”

Steak Night at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at Cadbury House is available from mid October and includes butcher’s steak and chips, piccolo tomatoes, béarnaise sauce and a glass of Jean-Luc Columbo wine, pint of draught beer or a soft drink.

For further information visit HERE.

Safe to trade certificate

Cadbury House hotel and health club has been deemed as fully Covid compliant, by the nationwide Safe to Trade scheme.

This follows an in-depth audit by a Government backed health and safety group.

It means members and guests of theclub and spa, as well as diners at Marco Pierre White’s Bardolino Pizzeria at Cadbury House in Congresbury, can enjoy their work out, treatment or meal 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 commitment to trading safely, through robust compliance controls.

Russell Payne, general manager at theclub said: “It’s been well documented that 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.

“Priority is of course the safety of all our members and staff and we take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness an hygiene and means all those who come for a workout, swim, class or bite to eat can do so knowing that they can do so in a safe environment.”

Theclub and spa reopened in July and has managed to run almost a full programme of classes within the current guidelines.

"The gym is also fully operational having spaced out the equipment to keep to the distancing rules.

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Hand sanitiser and cleaning stations have also been introduced throughout and all pieces of gym equipment are sanitised by users before and after use.

People can also log-on with the NHS Covid-19 track and trace app at various places in the building.

Russell added: “Even the Prime Minister’s battle with Covid-19 resulted in him hiring a personal trainer having acknowledged he was 'too fat' when he caught the virus, so we encourage everyone to stay active in a bid to help protect themselves and the NHS.

“Alongside the Safe to Trade accreditation, we are closely monitoring and reviewing activity to ensure everyone’s safety, and look forward to welcoming members, old and new, as well as diners here to theclub and spa at Cadbury House.”

For further information please visit https://www.theclubandspabristol.co.uk/

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No change at MPW restaurant despite new Covid-19 rule of 6

With the new ‘rule of six’ coming into force across the country, it’s very much business as usual for two popular North Somerset-based restaurants at Cadbury House.

The new law, which came into effect on Monday, September 14, means that it will be illegal for people to meet in groups of more than six.

Brought in to simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, there are a limited number of exemptions where COVID-19 secure venues, which includes restaurants, can still host larger numbers in total, as long as groups of up to six don’t mix or form larger groups.

Having reopened in July, the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill and Bardolino Pizzeria, which are both located at Cadbury House are well equipped to adhere to the new legislation.

Mehmet Kandemir, the hotel’s general manager said: “We’ve been operating successfully since we reopened back in July, so nothing has changed for us.

"Also, when we reopened, we put in place measures to ensure the safety of both guests and staff and means we are in the perfect position to adhere to this new legislation.

"Throughout the summer, the response from customers has been amazing and it was great to open the doors.

"There’s been a real buzz at both restaurants and once customers have been in to enjoy either lunch, afternoon tea or dinner they’ve seen 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 Russell Payne, general manager for Bardolino, said: “This new law doesn’t need to affect people’s ability to go out for a bite to eat so those wanting to go out can do so without any worries as long as it’s six people or less and we would love to see as many people dine with us.

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The Club and Spa at Cadbury House Hotel is hosting a coffee morning on Wednesday, September 30, in support of Macmillan Cancer Support...more information to come... 

“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.”

For further information about the MPW restaurant and to book click HERE or for the Bardolino bistro click HERE.

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Eating out in style at Cadbury House

Following on from the hugely popular Eat Out to Help Out (EOHO) scheme, two Congresbury-based restaurant have put in place a special early week, set menu that it hopes will continue to attract those wishing to enjoy a meal out.

The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill and Bardolino Pizzeria, which are located at Cadbury House have now launched a special two and three-course menu that will be available Monday to Wednesday.

Mehmet Kandemir, general manager said: “We had a phenomenal response to the Government backed EOHO scheme serving close to 2,700 covers throughout August and want to continue that momentum through the autumn.

"The scheme has without doubt made customers feel comfortable to eat out in our restaurant as they can then see for themselves the measures put in place to ensure the safety of both guests and staff.

"The momentum generated from the EOHO scheme has then transcended into the weekend where covers have also risen significantly.

"It’s been a resounding success and the mood here is buoyant.

"We’ve now put in place a delicious two and three-course package that will encourage customers to come out and enjoy a meal here at both the Steakhouse and Bardolino.

"We want our customers to feel reassured we’ve done all we can to provide them with a safe dining environment.

"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.”

Nailsea People with friends took advantage of the EOHO and published a review HERE

The new, early week set menu cost £14.95 for two courses and £19.95 for three courses.

To book a table please visit: 

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From Monday to Monday, August 3-31, get a 50 per cent discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the government Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

Use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme at a participating establishment:

  • to get a 50 per cent discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)

  • every Monday, Tuesday + Wednesday in August

  • as many times as you like

You do not need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend.

You cannot claim discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges.

The discount will be automatically available to you at participating establishments.

Establishments will then claim a reimbursement from the government for the discount they’ve given you.

Nearby participating establishments include:

  • Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill Bristol

  • Bardolino's Pizzeria Bellini & Espresso Bar by Marco Pierre White

Both at Cadbury House, Frost Hill, Somerset, BS49 5AD

To book click HERE.

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GYM TIME: Pictured is Russell Payne and Emily Helps outside the club and in shades of purple an inside image of the gym

Health club at Cadbury House is open

The region’s leading independent health club and spa enjoyed a successful reopening on the weekend following four months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

theclub and spa at Cadbury House in Congresbury is now fully open, providing its 4,000 plus members with an extensive range of classes, workouts and gym sessions.

The popular Bardolino restaurant has also reopened allowing people to enjoy a relaxed meal or coffee with friends or family.

General manager Russell Payne said: “It’s great to be back open and was lovely to see so many members return over the weekend.

"Priority is of course the safety of all our members and staff and we take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness an hygiene.

"We’ve now got in place measures that means all those who come for a workout, swim, class or bite to eat can do so knowing that they can do so in a safe environment.

"Pieces of kit have much more space between them in line with Government guidelines, there are plenty of hand sanitiser stations and all pieces of kit will be cleaned once someone has finished using them.

"I know many people have really missed doing some form of regular exercise as not only is it good for physical health but also for mental well-being so it’s great to be back open.

"The team here is also raring to go and we’ll now look forward to seeing members, old and new, over the coming weeks.”

For further information please visit https://www.theclubandspabristol.co.uk/

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MPW re-opens

One of North Somerset’s most popular restaurants enjoyed a successful re-opening at the weekend following the easing of the current lockdown.

The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at Cadbury House in Congresbury, opened its doors to customers on Saturday, July 4, having been closed for more than three months.

With almost 100  covers served on Saturday alone, it proved that people from across the area were itching to get out so they could enjoy a meal with family and friends.

The management team at the popular eaterie are now looking forward to increasing the service so more people will be able to visit for a drink and food. 

Mehmet Kandemir, general manager said: “It’s great to be able to open our doors and was fantastic to see so many people come to enjoy a meal here at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill.

"We kept the numbers sensible on our first day’s service, and it went very well all weekend, and as we ease our way out of lockdown, will look forward to welcoming more people wanting to dine out.

“There’s no denying that the hospitality sector has been hit hard by this pandemic, however we were determined to come out of this by hitting the ground running so that our customers can feel reassured we’ve done all we can to provide them with a safe dining environment.

“We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness an 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.

“We’re operating a reduced a la carte menu but the exacting standards expecting from one of the world’s greatest chefs have not be compromised in any way and judging by the response from those who came here on the weekend, demonstrates there’s a healthy appetite to dine out.

“We now want customers from across the region to come and enjoy a relaxing meal out and the grounds of this wonderful venue.

To book a table click visit HERE.

  • Cadbury House gym is hosting outdoor classes for members - see poster

Energy friendly

One of the West Country’s leading four-star hotel and health club has reduced dramatically its reliance on the national grid for its electricity while improving its carbon footprint and cutting the amount of CO2 it produces. 

It follows the installation of two state-of-the-art combined heat and power (CHP) units at Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset which now allows the venue to produce its own power.

The result has meant the hotel and house has reduced its grid dependency by 77 per cent while the health club has reduced its grid dependency by 70 per cent.

Efficiently generating electricity and heat from a single gas fuel source, in the first two months alone has meant a reduction in CO2 by more than 53,000 Kgs* – the equivalent of fully charging 6,910,240 smart phones!

Mehmet Kandemir, general manager at the award-winning venue said: “The figures quite clearly speak for themselves.

“At Cadbury House we’re very conscious on the impact our business might have on the environment, so we’re always looking at ways in which we can improve this.

“Improvements in technology has made the installation of CHP units much more feasible whereas in the past it would have perhaps been a little too cost prohibitive.

"The new CHPs will help us further achieve our sustainability goals.

“Initiatives like these clearly demonstrates our commitment to sustainability

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and continually challenging the reduction of our carbon footprint is essential.

“It’s therefore great news that we have reduced our carbon footprint and reliance on the national grid while making significant savings which will allow us to invest further into the business.”

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Women in workplace

In support of International Women’s Day 2020 a Congresbury restaurant is not only praising those who already work in the sector but is calling on more women to consider a career in hospitality.

The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, Cadbury House, which already has a number of female staff

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on its books, is now encouraging guests to recognise and celebrate their contribution but also wants others to try their hand in what is a fast-paced, exciting and dynamic industry.

Restaurant manager Jade Kelsall said: “The hospitality sector offers so many varied career paths, opportunities for progression and responsibility.

"For example, you could start off as a pot washer earning minimum wage but develop and grow to become a general manager, potentially earning a six-figure salary.

“Someone who reaches this level is, in essence, a business owner who has to be multi-faceted and excel in all areas such as people skills to finances.

"That’s what this industry can offer and is why we need more women to get involved.

“Here at the Steakhouse Bar & Grill we have a fantastic team, a lot of whom are women who work across a wide range of roles.

“What I personally enjoy is being in a team where I’m able to be myself and show my personality off to the customers which gives them a memorable experience during their visit.

“Being able to do that makes it a really enjoyable place of work and is definitely evident here.

“There are plenty of opportunities both front and back of house.

"Anything can be achieved with the right mindset and attitude and is why more women should look to work in hospitality as I believe we have the ability and drive to succeed.”

With IWD on Saturday, March 8, Jade sees the day as the perfect springboard to get more women involved in the sector, particularly in the kitchen.

She added: “Being a chef is perceived as being predominantly the realm of the male cook, but that is changing with more and more woman taking up the challenge of running a kitchen.

“My view is there are no barriers, no boundaries. T

"here’s no doubt that the sector, particularly in the kitchen, can be notorious for its relentless work ethic and long hours.

"However, where there’s a challenge, there’s reward and is this is certainly true here at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill.”

For further information click HERE.

Digging lessons

Nearly 350 children from Yatton Church of England Junior School were able to delve back in time and find out more about their ancestors thanks to a series of interactive workshops organised by Wessex Archaeology.

The school sessions, funded by Cadbury House, enabled Wessex Archaeology education team and county archaeologist Cat Lodge to illustrate the local history and national significance of archaeological investigations taking place in the village.

The excavations across two sites, funded by Bloor Homes and North Somerset Council revealed an historic ridgeway and contiguous settlement from the Bronze Age through to the early Medieval period.

Artefacts from the sites included Bronze Age sword moulds, never seen in this part of the country before.

Wessex Archaeology education and community manager Sam Fieldhouse said: “It’s fantastic that we are able to visit schools and show the children some of the artefacts from their town.

It’s important that young people build empathy with those who have lived here before them and understand that people in the past were not so very different to us.

“The archaeology that takes place before any development enables communities to discover more about their past. In partnership with Cadbury House we’ve been able to visit Yatton School and build tangible links between the community of today, and the community of yesterday.”

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PHOTO: From left Yatton deputy headteacher Jon Heywood, Joyce Millard, of Cadbury House and Sam Fieldhouse, of Wessex Archaeology

Deputy headteacher Jon Heywood said: “These workshops are a great way to sustain the historical knowledge of the village and the children love the hands-on nature of this type of learning.”

For further information on Wessex Archaeology click HERE.

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Cupid’s bow and arrow will go into overdrive this February as one of the UK’s most renowned chefs and whose mother heralds from the country that originally gave us the most romantic day of the year, has put in place a special menu at his Congresbury-based restaurant that honours the ancient celebration of love and romance.

Couples now looking for somewhere to enjoy a romantic meal can spend a special night together knowing they’ve been catered for by famed restaurateur Marco Pierre White.

Jade Kelsall, of Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, said: “What better way to share the love this Valentine’s Day and show how much you care than a meal out with your loved one.

Friday, February 14, is all about romance, atmosphere and a little something extra special that you can’t get all year round.

“With that in mind, to come out and enjoy a meal with that special someone that’s been put together by Marco Pierre White is, we think, the perfect way to show how much you care.”

But it wasn’t always chocolates, flowers and a nice meal out with the modern-day Valentine’s Day thought to have originated from the ancient Italian festival called Lupercalia.

"This was a pre-Roman pastoral annual festival observed in the city of Rome between February 13-15 to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility.

Jade added: “Thankfully the idea of love and romance has moved on somewhat since pre-Roman times and its evil-purging origins!

“We’ll be pulling out all the stops to make sure that the service is first class

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and the ambience just right for the most romantic night of the year where couples can share the love.

“As a person Marco believes loyalty is important in everything we do and says a man should only ever give a woman white roses.

"This of course links back to his loyalty to his home county of Yorkshire and shows that he is without doubt a man of principle who sticks to his beliefs.

“Valentine’s Day is all about love and loyalty and here at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill we’re perfectly placed to cement a couple’s loyalty to each other.

“We’re in the business of feeding people and feeding them well in a nice environment with excellent service and that is what people can without doubt come to expect this Valentine’s Day.”

For further information click HERE.

'Do' a Nessa at Cadbury House with bubbly Leap Day proposal

Brides-to-be wanting to pop the question on Saturday, February 29, can take advantage not only of this once-in-every-four-year opportunity but some additional incentives at the region’s leading destination hotel.

Tradition was that throughout a whole leap year, women could propose to the man of their dreams however because men felt that a whole year put them at too great a risk, the tradition was tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day!

So with more women plucking up the courage to pop the question - heightened by Nessa’s proposal to Smithy on the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special - the management team at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at Cadbury House is encouraging as many women as possible to ask the question at the four-star venue where they will be able to take advantage of some fantastic offers including £1,000 discount off wedding packages at the award-winning venue*.

Alice Grant wedding manager at Cadbury House said: “Leap day has been associated with many age-old traditions, superstitions and folklore with the most well-known being proposals by women.

“We're all aware that men can sometimes be a bit slow on the uptake and, occasionally, just need a shove in the right direction, so many women take matters into their own hands and make the most of this once-every-four-year opportunity.

“Our idea is to add a little sparkle to what could turn out to be quite an occasion.

"So those who do propose in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill will firstly be given a bottle of bubbly to celebrate.

"We will also have in place a number of fantastic offers including the £1,000 discounted wedding package.”

For any men who might be feeling a little anxious about being asked out for a bite to eat on February 29, Alice is keen to point out that in comparison to the past men have got it easy nowadays.

She added: “In the past not only could women propose to men throughout a whole year, but should the man refuse the offer of marriage then they were expected to pay a penalty such as a silk gown or hand over some money to soften the blow.“\

And this wasn’t some fanciful whim but an actual law which was passed 

allegedly in 1288 by Queen Mary of Scotland.“Whatever people’s intentions are for those who do dine at Marco Pierre White’s on February 29 I’m sure they will enjoy a great meal out although we will be ready and waiting to help any happy couple celebrate in style!”

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

Please note:

  • Offer applies to evening diners in the Marco Pierre White restaurant on Saturday,February 29;

  • Please advise MPW in advance the bubbly can be put on ice ready for the big moment;

  • £1,000 off brochure price for a wedding reception taking place within next 12 months - minimum number of guests 60 during day and 100 during night; and

  • This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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Open evening for couple planning wedding

Engaged couples are being invited to view one of the region’s top wedding venues at a special event where they can pick up inspiration for their big day.

The Wedding Open Evening is at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House on Thursday, January 30, 6-8pm, where visitors will also enjoy drinks, canapes and exclusive discounts and treats.

The venue’s wedding team will be on hand for tours and advice while couples will be able to view wedding suites and facilities.

There will also be special booking offers on the night which couples will be able to take advantage of plus goody bags for those who come along.

Recently awarded Wedding Venue of Year 2019 Cadbury House is renowned for its high level of service, stunning views and contemporary boutique style, the four-star hotel has become one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the region.

The venue’s dedicated wedding sales supervisor Alice Grant said: “We’re fast heading into wedding season with many couples busy planning their big day.

"We hope our event will be a huge help to those looking to book their venue”. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Couples who attend the event can also make an evening of it and dine in the Marco Pierre White Steak House Bar & Grill and receive 20 per cent off their food bill when attending the Wedding Open Evening.   

The open evening is free to attend and there is free parking on-site.

For further details call the wedding team on 01934 834343 Option 1 or email weddings@cadburyhouse.com

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theclub banish January blues

With Monday, January 20, regarded as being the most depressing day of the year, the region’s leading health club and spa is opening up its doors so that people can enjoy the first-class facilities to help them beat the blues.
Conscious that people from across the area might have over done it a bit during the festivities, the chance to burn off a few calories and release some much-needed endorphins which help bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being, is taking place at theclub, Cadbury House.
Starting first thing on Monday the 20th, the free open day will provide access to all classes, gym, pool as well as the steam rooms and saunas. There will also be some mini treatments from the award-winning spa adding further to the sense of relaxation.
Russell Payne, general manager at the popular club said: “Not many of us really enjoy the long winter nights, especially after Christmas and can perhaps feel a little down in the dumps. 
"We want people from the local area to come along, enjoy the facilities and leave feeling a little better within themselves.
"“We’re very much a community club and every now and then it’s important that we give something back to those who live in the area. If anyone wants to take part in a class, then they’ll need to call ahead but apart from that all they need to do is just pop in on the day.
“I imagine the pool area will be popular, particularly the hot tub, steam rooms and saunas.

"Those feeling a little more energetic can have a go on some of the Les Mills classes which includes a selection of virtual as well as instructor led sessions and will really get the heart pumping.

“The aim is basically to challenge people mentally and put a smile on their

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faces and if we only manage just one then we’ve set out what we wanted to do.”

For further information click HERE or call 01934 834343.

  • Your January fitness push is now easier than ever with our half price membership deal. With more than 230 classes a week and a recent studio refurbishment, being a member has never been better.

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RATPACK RETRO: The Jersey Boys is the All Seasons exhilarating review of the best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons presented as a live all-singing, all-dancing, fully-staged show which plays at Cadbury House on Friday, April 3. Ticket £39 per person includes three-course meal followed by tea and coffee with local fudge, along with disco until 1am. Add an overnight stay with breakfast including the event for £195, based on two people sharing per night. For more information call 01934 834343 (Option 1) or email info@cadburyhouse.com. On the menu is a starter of parsnip velouté, maple syrup and olive oil croutons followed by pan-fried breast of chicken, crushed new potatoes, roasted carrots and spinach or the veggie option of sweet potato and goats' cheese tart with red pepper coulis wit a vanilla panna cotta with mango coulis dessert

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WITH BELLS ON: Working 9-5 what a way to make a living. Dolly Parton hits the big stage at Cadbury House for an evening of classic hits from Jo Alexander on Friday, May 9. Ticket £39 include two course meal along with disco until 1am or upgrade to the £195 residential package.To book calling 01934 834343 option 1 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or email info@cadburyhouse.com

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MOTHERING SUNDAY: For 2020 this is on Sunday, March 22, and lunch is served 12.30pm-2.30pm. The cost is £29.95 per adult and £16 per child - under 2s eat free. This is the perfect opportunity to spoil mum or that special lady in your life. To book call 01934 834343 option 1, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or email info@cadburyhouse.com. On the starter menu is classic prawn cocktail with sauce Marie Rose and brown bread and butter; roasted tomato soup with pesto oil and sourdough bread or ham hock terrine with brioche toast and fruit chutney. The choice fopr mains is roast sirloin of beef with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and seasonal vegetables; pan-fried chicken breast with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and seasonal vegetables; oven-baked salmon fillet with minted new potatoes, seasonal vegetables and hollandaise sauce or gnocchi pomodoro with fresh basil and wild mushrooms followed by sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla bean ice cream; chocolate and salted caramel tart with raspberry cream or Eton mess with fresh berries and honeycomb for dessert.

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Wurzels go a-leaping...

West Country favourites The Wurzels will be making a welcome return to Cadbury House in February 2020.

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 Saturday, February 29, within the stunning setting of the luxury four-star hotel.

In keeping with the West Country theme, the Wurzel-inspired night will also include a delicious hog roast served with crackling and apple sauce plus specialist guest ciders from all over the region for visitors to enjoy.

The bar will open at 6.30pm and will be accompanied by the sound of Weston College student Chantelle Canniford.

Guests will then be entertained by the sounds of local band snakeSNAKEsnake, a musical Burrow hill-billy five-piece band from Somerset that plays a mix of ‘scrumpy & western’ inspired originals with a few ‘loose interpretations‘ of more familiar songs.

Following the legendary West-country favourites, the entertainment will continue with a disco until 1am.

General manager Mehmet Kandimer said: “The Wurzels are legends around the West Country and to have them perform again here at Cadbury House is fantastic news.

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

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2020 gig: The Wurzels and snakeSNAKEsnake 

“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!

“It’s also great that we’re able to host and support other local bands and musicians on the evening’s bill and both Chantelle and snakeSnakesnake will be the perfect accompaniment to our West Country favourites.

“Also, as it’s February 29, any women who fancy proposing to their partners will be able to get down on one knee and pop the question so we may have a few Wurzel-inspired weddings on our hands!”

Tickets £29.50 and includes hog roast with 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 info@cadburyhouse.com.

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MURDER MYSTERY: A Cadbury House favourite and the choice of two Friday night dates - January 10 and March 13. A murder rocks the house and we need your help to solve it - and put the killer away. Tickets £39 per person includes three-course meal, performance followed by tea or coffee and disco until 1am. An overnight stay with breakfast is £195 per room, based on two people sharing. Fancy dress but not necessary. The bar opens from 6.30pm with an arrival drink and canapes, with guests seated at 7.30pm. Menu includes starter of butternut squash and sweet potato soup with coconut cream, main pan-fried chicken breast with charlotte potatoes, curly kale and swede puree or grilled aubergine, mozzarella, vine tomatoes and fresh basil (V ) with a dessert of bread and butter pudding with vanilla custard or chilled coconut rice pudding with sherry soaked apricots (V). Call 01934 834343 or email info@cadburyhouse.com

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NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN: New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at DoubleTree By Hilton Bristol, Cadbury House celebrates the passing of 2019 and welcomes in 2020. Enjoy an opulent evening of glamour, dancing and fine dining, with Champagne and canapés on arrival. Dance to live music from Freeze Band and resident DJ. Carriages at 2am. Tickets for over 18s only £95 per person. The bar opens at 6.30pm and with guests seated at 7.30pm, food is served at 7.45pm. To book call 01934 834343 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or email christmas@cadburyhouse.com

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Virtual exercise is reality at club

The south west’s leading health club has completed a significant upgrade that means members and guests can take part in a series of state-of-the-art ‘virtual’ and ‘on-demand’ classes.

Complementing a new range of live, instructor led classes, theclub at Cadbury House in Congresbury has invested £70,000 in its main and spin studios. The result means it can now offer more than 230 classes a week to its members, before it could only provide around 80 classes per week.

The reason for the significant increase is because around two-thirds of what’s on offer are computer-generated classes.

Members attend a class like normal but are taken through their workout by a virtual instructor who is projected onto the wall in front of the class.

Also, if a member wants to do a workout which is not on the timetable, they can literally turn up, set the class they want to undertake and press go themselves.

It means members have total flexibility on what they do and when they do it and fits in with their busy lifestyles.

Mehmet Kandemir, general manager at the multi award-winning venue said: “We’re constantly looking at ways in which we can improve our members’ experience so that they can maximise their time and get the most out of their membership.

“This new range of classes has opened up significantly the amount of time the new-look studios can be used as they are not reliant on an instructor being present.

“Conscious that not everyone will be comfortable with a virtual instructor, we have also increased the number of live classes, so again there is more variety and choice.

“Another significant addition is more children-based classes.

"This means parents can attend their own class while at the same time their son or daughter can be doing a class next door.”

The new classes and equipment comes from the Les Mills range and includes Les Mills RPM, CXWorx, Body Combat, Body Attack and Sufferfest cycling, as well as the new children’s class Born to Move.

Mehmet added: “Running more -off-peak virtual and on-demand classes gives our members more options.

"It allows people working shifts or parents who in the past might not have been able to make it before, can now enjoy a workout whenever it suits them.

“Around 10 years ago we wouldn’t have been able to do this but advances in technology means we can optimise our studio space and give our members more choice.

“Initial feedback has been really positive and the introduction of these new classes once again places theclub at the forefront of health and wellness.”

For further information click HERE.

Come dine with Marco

Restauranteur and chef Marco Pierre White is to attend a special Q&A session at the south west’s leading four-star hotel, where guests will be able to hear about how he first started cooking, ended up in London and became the youngest chef ever to win three Michelin stars.

Taking place at Cadbury House in Congresbury on Tuesday, December 3, those who want to see Marco in person and listen to what drove the man who many believe to be the greatest ever UK-born chef, will not want to miss out on this special one-off occasion.

And with only three weeks before Christmas it’s also seen as an ideal way for people to celebrate the festivities and maybe even pick up some top tips on how to cook the perfect Christmas dinner!

Mehmet Kandemir, general manager at Cadbury House said: “The night with Marco and friends will be a fantastic event in the run up to the festivities.

"To hear Marco talk about how he rose from very humble beginnings and place the UK firmly on the world gastronomy map will be fascinating and captivating in equal measure.

“He is very engaging and there will also be an opportunity for guests to ask their own questions, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with. It’s a great way for bosses to maybe treat their teams and it really will make it a White Christmas for those who are lucky enough to come along.”

The Decedmber night with Marco and friends is in the Great Room.

Cost for the event is £39 per person and will include a festive drink on arrival, three-course meal with coffee and a signed book by Marco.

Tables of 10 are available at a cost of £350 each.

The drinks reception will start at 6.30pm with entertainment finishing at 1am.

To reserve a space please call 01934 834343 (option 1) between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or email info@cadburyhouse.com.

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By Royal appointment

The North Somerset boss of Black and White Hospitality went to the place this week to collect a training award.

Set up by Nick Taplin and celebrity chef Marco Pierre White in 2013, Black and White Hospitality operates nearly to 50 MPW franchised restaurants nationwide and includes eight distinct concepts and employs more than 2,000 people.

Nick was presented the Princess Royal Training Award (PRTA) by HRH The Princess Royal at a special event at St James’ Palace.

The awards were established by global skills development body City & Guilds and recognises employers with outstanding training and development programmes that have had a direct impact on business performance.

Nick who is chairman and CEO went with Jennie Mackenzie, head of training and development and managing driector Brandie Deignan.

Black and White Hospitality was recognised for exceptional dedication to training, upskilling and reskilling of its workforce.

Crucially, it was able to prove that the training had a substantial impact on its organisation and people.

Nick who began his career as a publican in Wrington was the brains behind the development of Cadbury House Hotel into the four-star business it is today.

He said: “This has been an incredible journey and to rub shoulders with some of the country’s biggest businesses shows how far Black and White Hospitality has come in a relatively short period of time.

"To receive this award is testament to the commitment and dedication of the whole Black and White team.

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PALACE PEEPS: Cadbury House boss Nick Taplin is presented with a prestigious training award by HRH Prince Anne

"We’re in the business of selling a night out and staff training forms a vital element of achieving that.

"In these more difficult trading times, it is so important to be at the top of your game with training and Jennie, without question, ensures that."

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ON THEiR BIKES: A team of 50 riders all linked to one of the UK’s fastest growing hospitality businesses completed a gruelling bike ride in aid of PROPS, a Bristol-based charity which provides a range of services, opportunities and support for those with learning difficulties. Tackling the mountains of Mallorca, the group, which was headed by Nick Taplin and Shezan Aslam. of Black and White Hospitality, rode close to 250 miles while ascending 12,000 feet on some of Europe’s most renowned cycling roads including the infamous Sa Calobra. The firm, whose main partner is Marco Pierre White, raised morer than £40,000 on this latest charity fundraiser taking the total amount raised by the firm in excess of £175,000 in the past four years. Nick said: “Once again everyone who took part excelled and pushed themselves to the limit. When you consider that Mallorca is used by all the professional cycling teams for their training and by riders such as Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas demonstrates just how tough the terrain is."

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The Day of the Dead party

A traditional Mexican celebration which honours the dead is heading to Cadbury House and it is oh so scarey.

On Saturday, November 2, The Day of the Dead Halloween party is set to lure the spirits of loved ones so that family and friends can celebrate their lives with music and food and get dressed up in spectacular costumes.

The four star Congresbury hotel is now finalising plans to transform its Great Room where the atmosphere will take on a carnival theme and guests will be able to party the night away while celebrating the souls of the departed.

A national holiday in Mexico, the carnival-style celebration, which is also known as Dia de Muertos, has now become popular outside of its spiritual home and gained even more attention after it appeared in the opening sequence of the last James Bond film, Spectre.

The party will include a three-course meal – including a taco from The Little Taquero Van - while staff will either wear spectacular calaveras, skull-styled masks or have their faces painted.

Adding to the carnival theme a traditional mariachi band called Mariachi Fino, will roam the house playing popular music from their native Mexico and Latin America.

With its gothic house, the venue provides arguably one of the best backdrops for any Day of the Dead or Halloween celebration, and the team will be encouraging guests to really go to town on their own costumes.

Mehmet Kandemir, general manager at Cadbury House said: “Parties around Halloween are very popular nowadays, so we thought we’d add an extra twist to our own Day of the Dead party.

“Despite its name, it’s meant to be very much a happy occasion and our celebration will take on a humorous tone.

“The venue is without doubt one of, if not the most spectacular in terms of atmosphere and we’ll be pulling out all the stops to make this event one of the best the venue has ever seen.

“We also want guests to really get into the spirit of the occasion with their costumes as it will really add to the whole mood.

“Alongside the Taco Van there will be homemade beef chilli, Mediterranean vegetables and mixed bean chilli plus a selection of salads jacket potatoes and pilaf rice. There will also be a fantastic chocolate fountain with over 15 amazing dips to choose from.

“Mariachi Fino is also one of the top bands in the UK and have performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the UK including The House of Lords and House of Commons, The British Museum and Earls Court so the atmosphere is going to be amazing.”

The Cadbury House Day of the Dead Halloween party is taking place on Saturday 2 November.

Tickets £40 per person and includes food, entertainment and disco.

To reserve a ticket please call 01934 834343 (option 1) between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday or email info@cadburyhouse.com

For further information click HERE.

Mine host Marco Pierre White

Fans of fine dining and Marco Pierre White can meet the great man himself as he makes one of his regular visits to his steakhouse restaurant at Cadbury House in Congresbury for both a lunch and dinner service.

Regarded by many as the greatest UK chef of all time, White will be popping into his Steakhouse Bar & Grill on Tuesday, August 20, where he’ll meet and greet diners, sign copies of his books and talk about the brand-new steakhouse menu.

Krisztian Komar, restaurant manager said: “It’s fantastic when Marco comes to visit.

"Our customers love meeting him and it’s great for staff morale as well.

"Marco has a lot of charisma and is wonderful with the public so we’re really looking forward to welcoming him back.

“There’s always a real buzz of excitement when he visits, and he’s always interested to know how his menus have been received by diners.

"People don’t realise how hands-on and involved he is and are often surprised to see how much he cares about making sure the menu and restaurant is spot on.

“The new steakhouse menu includes a host of exciting new dishes that pays homage to the culinary giant’s ethos of ‘affordable glamour’.”

While steak remains at its heart, some intriguing twists on existing dishes have been included and there are also more vegan and vegetarian options which caters for the rise in people turning to vegetable and dairy-free based diets.

On the hors d’oeuvres selection one of the new additions is a delicious charcuterie called Perinelli and Mr White’s English Cured Meats and follows a chance meeting between White and Giuseppe Perinelli, who runs his own meat curing business in Penge, South London.

Two new soups have been added to the hors d’oeuvres section including the appetising Governor’s French Onion Soup and a Cream of Butternut Squash.

Those who fancy something a little lighter can choose between two new salads including the Lofthouse Farm Salad which includes Wiltshire ham, eggs and Gruyere cheese or the Belgian Endive and Blue Monday Salad which includes a fresh poached pear, candied walnuts and merlot vinaigrette.

Of course, steak remains the star, with the menu maintaining a sumptuous selection of sirloin, ribeye and fillet, all supplied by Royal Warrant butcher Campbell Brothers.

Three eye-catching signature fillets have been added including the Fillet of Beef a la Forestiere, Fillet of Beef a l’escargot and Fillet of Beef au poivre while a beautiful Grilled Delmonico Steak – which derives its name from Delmonico’s restaurant in New York City - has been added and is perfect for those looking to share.

Accompanying the steaks are a new selection of five delicious ‘toppings’

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such as the Fried Double Yolk Eggs Holstein and Bordelaise Butter and are regarded by the gastronomy heavyweight as being the ideal accompaniment to the 28-day aged meat.

Burger fans won’t be disappointed with the introduction of The Banksy BLT, The Keith Floyd Bristol and The John Lennon while new catches on the fish board include Fried Fillet of Cod and Grilled Swordfish Steak a la Nicoise.

Two new dishes have been added to the vegetarian and vegan selection including a Gnocchi in fresh tomato sauce and Grilled Aubergine a la niçoise.

Krisztian added: “The menu reflects everything that’s wonderful and exciting about Marco’s food philosophy, with special dishes to suit every palate and budget.

"Top quality steaks sit alongside a varied range of plates inspired by the best of British and French cooking.

“The menu has been designed to complement the vibrant atmosphere in the restaurant, meaning our guests can feel inspired by the choice of food on offer and enjoy their dining experience at the same time.

“As with other Marco visits, we’re expecting this to sell out, so anyone interested should get in touch soon.”

To book please call 01934 834343.

For the two-course lunch cost is £29 per person and includes a book while cost for the three-course dinner is £49 per person including a book. 

Lunch is 12.30-3pm and dinner 6-9pm.

For more information and to book click please visit HERE.

Hotel spa of year winner

A Congresbury spa has won a major award from world leading spa brand Pevonia Botanica.

Chosen ahead of hundreds of other entrants from across the country, Olivia Molloy who heads up thespa at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House was presented with the Hotel Spa of the Year award.

The awards are judged based on sales, performance, PR & Marketing strategy and activity, training, staffing, creativity, inventiveness and overall success as well as results of customer nominations.

Offering a number of beauty treatments as well as spa day and spa weekend packages thespa is a favourite with local residents and hotel guests alike.

Olivia said: “It’s fantastic to win such a prestigious award as Hotel Spa of the Year and to be awarded with it by such a well-known and respected brand as Pevonia is a real honour.

“To be chosen against so many other lovely spas across the UK is wonderful and has inspired the whole team to work even harder to give customers an unforgettable experience.

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

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Set within the grounds of DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House thespa offers the very latest in spa treatments, relaxing spa days and, hen parties and overnight breaks. The treatment menu is packed with everything from facials and massages to spray tans and gel nails.

Providing a range of holistic and beauty treatments Pevonia is used in the top resorts across the world.

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Hilton brand mark 100 years with 'random acts of kindness'

One of the south west’s leading four-star hotels handed over a £1,000 cheque to the Children’s Hospice South West as part of Hilton’s 100th birthday celebrations.

Staff from DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House visited Charlton Farm at Wraxall where they were shown around the facilities before handing over the money.

The hospice provides care for children who have life-limiting conditions. With more than 1,000 families with life-limited children in the South West, the charity provides care and support for more than 450 families from the point of diagnosis through to bereavement and beyond, or for as long as the family needs it. 

Called Random Act Of Kindness the donation formed part of a global celebration of the centenary of the founding of the international hotel group. 

Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “When you realise how little funding the hospice receives from the government goes to show that every donation helps enormously this amazing charity and we were delighted to raise and give it the £1,000. 

"It’s such an inspirational place we will now aim to raise a further £5,000.” In addition to the donation other random acts of kindness included hotel guests having their bills paid for, free dishes and drinks in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill and chilled Prosecco as they checked in.

“When you think about all the Hilton hotels across the world all doing similar activities makes you realise how big an impact the brand has on the communities in which they are located."

“We not only employ a lot of people from the local area but use many local suppliers.

"Add in the work team members do in their local community and you really start to get a picture of how important a business this is and we’ll look forward to a long and prosperous future.”

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Who killed Katie Crewe?

Wannabe Hercule Poirots from across the South West can take part in a night of murder mystery at what is arguably the most atmospheric venue in the region.

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

On Friday, June 7, eagle eyed detectives are now being invited to see if they can find the felon at what has become one of the venue’s most popular and regular events.

The setting for this particular night of dastardly deeds is the 1960s, a time when the Beatles ruled to music world, England won the football world cup and the Cold War was at its most frigid.

At the same time Crewe’s Carnival rides was the most successful travelling funfair in the South of England, but in amongst the glittering light of the dodgems, Waltzers and the sideshows there was much unrest!

First there was the romantic interest of at least one young man, who loved Katie Crewe. Then there was the jealousy of some who envied Katie Crewe. From inside the family there were arguments, some of whom hated Katie Crewe.

And the fierce competition from rival operators resulted in some tricking Katie Crewe.

A culmination of many things yet unsolved, the question that will be on everyone’s lips on June 7 will be, who killed Katie Crewe?

Mehment Kandemir, general manager at Cadbury House said: “We’ve held murder mystery nights here in the o