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...
Date for Cadbury House wedding fair
Couples looking to tie the knot in North Somerset can visit a special wedding faIR at one of the region’s top venues.
Taking place at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury on Sunday 6 January 2019, couples looking for inspiration for their big day can pick up some helpful tips as well as some exclusive offers.
Starting from 11am, 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 wedding manager Alice Grant 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.
"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 faIr 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 and those wanting to create a real “wow” on their special day could consider an alfresco ceremony in the thatched Gazebo, with spectacular panoramic views stretching out across the North Somerset countryside and Bristol Channel.
The Wedding Fayre is 11am to 3pm on Sunday, January 6; 2019.
For further details call the wedding team on 01934 834343 (Option 1) or email email@example.com
MPW tasty Christmas leftovers
At a notoriously stressful time even the most experienced home cooks can become overwhelmed by the amount of work there is to do over Christmas.
For those taking on the mammoth task of feeding friends and family during the festivities, straight-talking chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White, has come up with the perfect recipe that will keep the celebrations going by using the tasty Christmas dinner leftovers.
For him, Christmas is all about celebrating with family and friends and being able to relax. And as you’d expect from the one dubbed the original ‘enfant terrible’, the tasty treat is a characteristically no-nonsense idea that is set to please all.
And one of the easiest and tastiest ways to enjoy the turkey leftovers is, according to Marco, to knock up a curry that’s as heart-warming as it is tasty. Fresh and full of flavour, after a Boxing Day stroll, coming in to the aroma of Indian spices is a fantastic way to feed the family.
Marco’s Curry Sauce
475g eating apples washed/cored/sliced finely
300g bananas sliced
1.4kg pineapple peeled/cored/sliced
80g plain flour
100g onion peeled/finely chopped
40g hot madras curry powder
40g mild madras curry powder
100g desiccated coconut
2 Knorr chicken jelly pots into 2litre hot water to make chicken stock
4 bay leaves
10g fresh thyme
Add 200g leftover cooked turkey per portion to 150ml of finished curry sauce and garnish with diced fresh mango and coriander, serve with rice/naan
Method for sauce
Melt butter in heavy based pan on low heat and sweat onions until soft no colour.
Add all fruits and cook down for approx. 10mins.
Lightly brown the flour in a hot oven.
Sprinkle the browned flour and all spices and coconut and mix well with a spatula.
Pour in the chicken stock and bring to boil then simmer for 1hr, skimming the surface if necessary.
Add bay leaves, thyme and cloves after 10mins of cooking time has passed.
Season with salt to taste.
Liquidise in small batches and pass through a sieve.
Reheat when needed and add cooked turkey leftovers
The perfect lazy, Boxing Day meal. Enjoy.
The recipe comes courtesy of MPW Restaurants.
For further information about MPW restaurants click HERE.
To download the recipe click HERE.
New face at health club & spa
A new ops manager has joined the South West’s leading health club and spa.
Silviu Prioteasa (36) has joined the management team at theclub & spa at Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset.
Originally from Romania and with a degree in PE and Sports Management from the University of Pitestri, Silviu came over to the UK in 2006, where he undertook an English scholarship at Cambridge.
Wanting to improve his English further he then moved to Street in Somerset.
It was here that he started to settle, and having previously played professional football back home, got involved with refereeing matches across Somerset.
With his impeccable English, Silviu started work for the Dexter Restaurant brand after which he became F&B assistant manager at the Ramada Hotel in Bristol during its rebranding into a DoubleTree by Hilton.
He then moved on as operations manager at the Holland House in Bristol before joining the health club at Cadbury House.
Silviu said: “I first visited the club at Cadbury House about two years ago when I came here with my wife for the day. I remember then her commenting on what a fantastic place it is and how good the facilities are.
"When I said I was going for the ops manager position, she knew instantly where I meant.
“It’s that sort of impression I’ll be looking to build on not only with current members but also those considering joining.”
Attracted by the autonomy and independence of the club, Silviu was also impressed by the high-end equipment which the members use to maintain their health and wellbeing.
And having played professional football not only in his native Romania but also the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Silviu knows what it takes to create a world-class facility and believes that is exactly what the club has on offer.
He added: “The standard of equipment and facilities available here at Cadbury House are of the highest quality. I know how good the equipment is as I have personally used a lot of what’s available when I was training during my footballing days.
“theclub is highly respected across the health club sector. It is certainly one of the most pioneering so I’ll be looking improve on what’s already here.
Jason Eaton, group director at theclub added: “It’s great to have someone like Silviu on board. His international experience allows us to look at things in a different light so we’re pleased to have him here.
“We’ll be using that expertise and knowledge to enhance our members’ experience and can’t wait to see the results.”
Marco eggs it with new menu
Marco Pierre White has unveiled a new menu for his Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant in Congresbury, North Somerset.
The new line-up features an intriguing range that combines traditional British dishes prepared using classic French cooking techniques and can be found at the Cadbury House-based restaurant.
Steak remains at the heart of the new menu with cuts including fillet, rib-eye and Chateaubriand and there is a range of exciting new main courses, starters and desserts to try, all of which reflect Marco’s passion for simplicity.
Among the various eye-catching starters is classic eggs benedict with Woodall’s ham, while Marco himself singles out Mr White’s scotch egg with Colonel Mustard sauce as a particular favourite.
There are also a number of new additions to the soups and potages selection including Mr White’s pea and ham soup and roasted tomato soup with fresh basil.
The range of main courses is equally eclectic and again harnesses Marco’s love for classic dishes cooked to perfection.
Diversity is a theme throughout the menu, with stand-out plates including Wheeler’s haddock fish cake with poached hen’s egg and Connaught’s shrimp curry, both perfect for fish lovers.
Also on the mains board is a delicious honey roasted bacon chop; classic chicken Kiev while the croustade of eggs maintenon maxim’s and creamy polenta with wild mushrooms are ideal for vegetarians.
Guests can also find indulgence with a dessert menu that includes warm treacle tart with clotted cream and Marco’s rice pudding with sherry-soaked prunes.
Marco said: “Eating out should be all about affordable glamour and that’s at the very heart of this new menu.
"People want to go out and have fun and I like creating good food that has excellent service in a good environment.
“Today, it’s not about invention, more about refinement.
"I like to keep things simple and generous and that forms the basis for this new menu.”
MPW restaurant manager Krisztian Komar said: “The new menu reflects everything that’s wonderful and exciting about Marco’s food philosophy, with special dishes to suit every palate and budget.
"Top quality steaks sit alongside a varied range of plates inspired by the best of British and French cooking.
“The menu has been designed to complement the vibrant atmosphere in the restaurant, meaning our guests can feel inspired by the choice of food on offer and enjoy their dining experience at the same time.”
For further information and to book a table click HERE.
Let's go party at Cadbury
After all the festive fun comes the new year and then its a traditional evening of Haggis, whisky and bagpipes in celebration of the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns is once again taking place at the region’s premier hotel.
The event is on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury where guests will not only be able to tuck into some delicious Haggis, neeps and tatties but enjoy the sounds of the 10-piece Shirley pipe band which will give the evening a true Scottish flavour.
Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and his birthday, which is on 25th, is traditionally celebrated worldwide in late January.
The evening at Cadbury House, which is raising money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind, will follow many of the traditions that has made Burns Night such an important date on the Scottish calendar.
After grace the supper will start with a traditional Scottish broth. This will be followed by the arrival of the haggis which will be brought in on a large plate by the head chef supported by the pipers.
The cutting of the haggis will be accompanied by Burns' famous poem, Address to a Haggis with plenty of wee drams to help the proceedings go smoothly!
Guests will then tuck into their haggis, neeps and tatties followed by the main course which includes braised featherblade, pomme fondant, buttered kale and carrot spaghetti with red wine jus.
The meal will be finished off with cranachan a traditional Scottish dessert which includes cream, fresh raspberries Scottish oats and whisky!
Mehmet Kandemir, general manager said: “Burns suppers are great occasions. There are lots of traditions and we hope to hold true to many of these during our own Burns night.
“To have a 10-piece piper band on hand will make the evening a spectacular affair and we of course want as many guests to wear kilts.”
For further information call 01934 834 343 or book online by clicking HERE.
Cost is £35 per person.
Going off piste for festive date
An alpine ski chalet is to return this Christmas at the south west’s leading four-star hotel.
Back by popular demand, party goers will now have the chance to be transported to a magical winter wonderland at Cadbury House in Congresbury, where the venue’s impressive Garden Room will be turned into a stunning ski chalet complete with alpine scents, twinkling lights and cosy rugs.
The Après-ski themed space will host festive parties and private events from Friday to Saturday, November 23-January 5, for guests tol enjoy the rustic fun of a four-course sharing menu.
On nights where there is a festive disco in the venue’s Great Room, ski chalet guests can then join the fun and party until the early
Marco Pierre White and Garden Room restaurant manager Krisztian Komar said: “The ski chalet turned out to be a hugely popular choice last year so its back again for 2018.
“It’s just offering something different and new and provides groups of friends, colleagues, families and couples the chance to enjoy a Christmas night out in different surroundings.
"Last year pretty much everyone got into the spirit and came in dressed in their finest festive jumpers and I’m sure it’ll be the same again this year.
“The mulled wine, cider and seasonal cocktails will be flowing and we’re hoping guests enjoy going off-piste from the usual Christmas meal they’ve experienced before.”
Following a glass of mulled wine on arrival, guests will then tuck into the sharing platter starters which includes Continental meats, smoked fish, new potato salad, cornichons breads and Crudités, oatmeal breads, mini cheese fondue.
The main course choices vary from meatballs with Provençale sauce to roasted seasoned succulent chicken with creamed potatoes and a warm roasted winter vegetables, mixed herbs and poached eggs and balsamic. The sharing board of desserts spiced apple and sultana strudels, homemade custard and tart aux myrtilles.
Krisztian added: “We’ve worked really hard on getting the ambience of the ski chalet right and although guests will be overlooking a vista of rolling North Somerset hills they will truly feel like they are nestled in the mountains of France, Italy or Switzerland!”
The ski chalet experience costs £35 per person, Sunday to Thursday and £39 on Friday and Saturday.
New Year’s Eve is £59 per person.
One-off free art show
Art lovers from across the region are being invited to a one-off, free, exhibition at the region’s leading four-star hotel.
Organised by Fill That Space, The Temporary Gallery will showcase 11 Bristol-based artists and includes Maggie Cousins, Alex Davis, Anna Duckworth, Veronia Gayle, Lewis Grimwood, Ann Kelson, Lloyd Lewis, Sophie Mills-Thomas, Neil Roberts, Andrew and Helen Stevens and J West all of whom will be there on the night to answer questions about their work and inspiration.
Taking place on Thursday, November 15 at Cadbury House in Congresbury, the exhibition starts at 8pm with the first 100 guests receiving a complimentary drink on arrival.
There will also be an auction where three specially commissioned pieces will go under the hammer with 20 per cent of the selling price being donated to CLIC Sargent.
Exhibition organiser Maria Newman said: “This exhibition has been curated very much as a social occasion where people can meet up with friends and immerse themselves in art and talk to the artists to find out more about why they create their artwork.
“The whole idea is to make truly affordable art which has been created by Bristol artists, accessible to all.
“Cadbury House is in a beautiful setting and complements the exhibition perfectly.
"We hope now to welcome lots of people here on 15 November who will be able to enjoy a fantastic exhibition.”
For your free tickets click HERE.
For full details of the exhibition click HERE.
Christmas beauty date at thespa
North Somerset’s leading spa is to host an exclusive event that will include a host of tutorials and top tips from some of the world’s leading beauty product suppliers.
The event, which will be supported by world renowned skincare brand Pevonia Botanica and Elemis, is on Thursday, November 29, at thespa which is in the grounds of Cadbury House in Congresbury.
Guests who attend will be able to choose one mini treatment including an Elemis Biotec taster, Elemis Skin Lab consultation, Pevonia Flash Hydra Peel and a Pevonia or Elemis Exotic Foot scrub and massage.
There will also be a brow shape and brow make-up demo plus a mini eye make-up lesson.
Tickets are £15 per person which can then be redeemed against two or more full-sized products purchased on the day.
Guests will also receive a glass of bubbly and canapes on arrival, goody bag and free entry into a raffle.
Spa manager Michelle Ferguson said “In the run up to Christmas this is a great event for anyone who wants some expert advice on a whole host of beauty treatments and products.
"It’s also a great opportunity to pick up some presents for loved ones.
“The great thing about this event is that each treatment is completely tailored by our skin specialists to suit every individual’s need.
"It is so important that we truly understand our skin in order to know how to look after it.
“Both Elemis and Pevonia Botanica are world-leading beauty products and are only carried by a select number of spas.
"Guests will be in great hands with the therapists and are guaranteed to leave feeling fresh and with skin looking rejuvenated.”
For more information on thespa open event call 01934 837231 or visit www.theclubandspabristol.co.uk
Preparations are getting under way for what has become one of North Somerset’s most spectacular firework nights.
A firm favourite with families, the evening’s entertainment will begin at 5pm and includes a set from Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Dennis Demille.
There will also be an assortment of fairground rides and games, fresh popcorn, BBQ and drinks tent.
Taking place at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury on Saturday, October 27, the fireworks display will light up the sky starting at 7.15pm.
Jason Eaton, group director at the popular health club said: “Dennis has been singing at Cadbury House for years now and it’s great that he’s prepared to come back despite his rise to fame during the past 12 months.
“He’s got an amazing voice and we’re delighted he’ll be here to entertain the crowds once again.
“Our annual firework night has now become firmly established as one of the biggest and best organised events across the region and is ideal for those looking for a safe and fun night out. It’s great to be able to put this on again for the local community.
“For those with smaller children the fun fair rides and stalls will keep them entertained while the firework display is always a great finale.”
For tickets £6.50 adults, £3 children or £5 members and £2 child members call 01934 834343 (option 4) or click HERE.
Children under three free.
Cadbury House play charity match for GWAAC
A charity football team from Cadbury House fielded a former professional in a game in aid of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).
Representing Cadbury House in Congresbury, the seven-a-side team was made up of staff from the sales, conference, restaurant and health club and included ex professional footballer and health club director Jason Eaton as well as general manager Mehmet Kandemir.
Raising hundreds of pounds, team Cadbury House came a respectable third having played against some top-quality opposition, while Marriot St Pierre took the spoils.
Unsurprisingly, leading the scoring was Jason who, having scored the winning goal at Wembley when Cheltenham Town won the FA Trophy in 1998 said: “We take for granted services like the air ambulance and many people don’t realise that it is funded totally by donations so it was good to take part while raising some money at the same time.”
Covering Bristol, Bath, North East Somerset, Gloucestershire and North Somerset, the air ambulance provides emergency care to people who are in a state so critical they require specialist skills at the scene of the accident or medical incident. Working closely with the NHS, the service is funded entirely by donations.
Treating people at the scene, on the road and in the air, GWAAC provides complex interventions to stablise and treat patients to give them the best chance of a positive outcome. The service is reliant on a team of pilots, specialist paramedics and doctors who specialise in pre-hospital care and costs £2.6 million a year to operate.
Jason added: “My playing career finished quite a while ago, so it was great to have a run out. And although the legs aren’t quite what they were, I still managed to net a few goals! The important thing however was the fact that collectively we all helped raise some money for this very important and special service.
Top cyclist joins fitness team
An elite cyclist has been appointed as the new membership sales manager at the South West’s leading health club and spa.
Matt Witts has now joined the management team at theclub & spa at Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset where he will help maintain the club’s position as the best independent health club in the country.
Originally from Bristol, Matt has worked in sales and marketing roles for a number of high profile gyms including Anytime Fitness at Cribbs Causeway.
He also spent a year in Dubai working as a fitness instructor for Cyclebar, a premium, indoor cycle club.
Ranked the number one cyclist in the South of England in 2016, Matt has competed at an elite level throughout the UK. Following knee surgery, he is now making his comeback into the ultra-competitive world of pro cycling and intends to maximise his new position to get back to peak fitness.
Attracted by the autonomy and independence of the club, Matt was also impressed by the high-end equipment which the 4,000 plus members use to maintain their health and wellbeing.
Currently finishing his Personal Training Level 3 qualification with Origym, he hopes his experience and expert cycling knowledge will maintain the club’s position as being the best in the business.
Matt said: “The standard of equipment and facilities available here at Cadbury House are of the highest quality and is something I wanted to work with.
"I know how good the equipment is as I have personally used a lot of what’s available here for my own training.
“theclub is highly respected across the health club sector and I’ll be looking to maintain that reputation while looking to add some new elements from my cycling experience.”
Jason Eaton, group director at theclub said: “To have someone of Matt’s calibre join the team here is great news for our members.
@Having competed at the highest level he knows what it takes to get the best out of a training schedule.
“We’ll be using that expertise and knowledge to enhance our members’ experience and can’t wait to see the results.
“Not sure I’ll be joining him in the spin classes though!”
For further information click HERE or call 01934 834343.
IN A SPIN: thegym at Cadbury held a spin class at the bottom of its drive when the Tour of Britain cyclists whizzed past at midday on Wednesday, September 4. Most of the teams had stayed at the hotel the night before the Bristol leg and staff and members wanted to give them an encouraging wave as they flew past - more photographs from North Somerset on the Gallery 2018 page...
One of the south west’s leading athletics clubs has received the backing from the region’s best health club.
North Somerset Athletics Academy (NSAA), which boasts more than 400 competing members, has had the support of theclub at Cadbury House in Congresbury since 2007 ensuring the continued development of the group.
With 30 qualified coaches, the academy was set up in 2004 by Chris Millard who recognised there was a huge demand for athletics among young people in the area.
The club grew quickly and regularly travels across the region to pit their skills against some of the area’s finest young athletes.
Chris said: “We’re delighted to receive the support from the club at Cadbury House.
"When we launched the club, our mission was to deliver a professional and positive environment that provides opportunities for athletes of all abilities, ages and backgrounds to be the best they can within the sport of athletics.
“When we launched we realised there was a growing demand for athletics so to have grown so quickly and enjoy the success we have has been a great achievement.
Pictured Jason Eaton with Chris Millard
“Not in our wildest dreams did we think it would be so successful, and I’d like to thank everyone at theclub at Cadbury House for their continued support.
"Backing like this supports the professional approach by the club and we’re looking forward to a very successful season."
Jason Eaton, group director at theclub added: “Chris is a true unsung hero.
"He’s done a fantastic job setting up and growing the club and is an inspiration to many young people in the area and we wish him, the coaches and most importantly the young athletes all the best for the forthcoming season.”
For further information on North Somerset Athletics Academy click HERE.
For further information on the club click HERE or call 01934 834343.
Book early for best Christmas dates
Organisers in charge of their office Christmas party should head to the south west’s leading four-star hotel where a series of all-inclusive packages have been put in place to help make the yuletide celebrations completely stress free.
Often viewed as a bit of a poisoned chalice, sorting out the annual work Christmas knees up can for some become a bit of a chore, with colleagues bombarding the organiser with countless queries and requests in the run up to the big night out.
But the idea of providing the all-inclusive deal means everyone knows where they stand, what’s on the menu and what drinks are available.
Those wanting to impress their peers and bosses are now being steered to DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury where they will be able to get everything arranged with a short visit, simple call or email to get everything sorted.
Venue sales manager Claire Jones said: “It might seem a little odd to be thinking about Christmas while we’re in the middle of one of the warmest summers on record but getting sorted now means one less thing to worry about once the schools go back and we hit the autumn.
“I’ve arranged many Christmas office parties so know what it’s like.
"Having to arrange with all members of staff what they want to eat and drink can be a little bit laborious.
“Offering an all-inclusive package therefore means anyone in charge of making the arrangements can do so easily.
"All they have to do is give us the number of people and we’ll do the rest.
“It also does away with having to check the bill at the end of the night and cross reference who had what, which for even the best organiser, can prove a little tricky.”
Off piste for Christmas
Those looking to make their office Christmas party a little different can also go off piste where the venue’s stunning Garden Room conservatory will be transformed into a winter wonderland ski lodge.
It means revellers don’t need to go to the slopes for a bit of Après Ski and can enjoy a load of rustic Alpine fun in the heart of North Somerset.
Claire added: “We launched the ski lodge last year and it was really, really popular so we’ve brought it back again for 2018.
"With lots of rugs and cosy nooks and crannies the ambience of the ski chalet was just right and although guests will be overlooking a vista of rolling North Somerset hills they will truly feel like they are nestled in the mountains of France or Switzerland!
“We positively encourage woolly Christmas jumpers in the ski lodge and last year everyone came in their finest festive attire and I imagine it’ll be the same again this year.
“On nights where there is a festive disco taking place in the venue’s Great Room, ski chalet guests can join the fun and party until the early hours.”
The all-inclusive party nights cost £49 per person and are subject to availability.
For further information on all other Christmas packages call 01934 834343, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk/christmas-2018.
Beach cleaning duties
Cadbury House staff swapped their suits for overalls to help clear one of their local beaches of plastic waste.
With the war on the man-made material attracting world-wide attention, small armies of volunteers across the globe have begun to mobilise to help clean up their local environment.
Joining the #suez4ocean initiative, the team of ocean guardians from the DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury spent the day collecting litter at Uphill Beach near Weston-super-Mare.
Joined by staff from Hampton by Hilton, Bristol Airport, the event was organised in partnership with SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, which manages the waste and recycling for more than 80 Hilton Hotels in the UK.
Amassing 20 bags of waste, the volunteering effort formed part of the Hilton group’s Global Week of Service initiative and was led by general manager Mehmet Kandemir.
The waste was then collected for processing by the North Somerset street cleaning team who will send it on to be sorted and baled before being reprocessed into recycled goods.
Mehmet said: “The issue of plastic waste in our seas and oceans really hit home when Sir David Attenborough highlighted the problem on the acclaimed Blue Planet 2 TV programme.
“Although it’s not necessarily a new issue, when you get someone as highly respected as Sir David saying enough is enough, then we all have to sit up and take notice.
“Making small changes can have a big impact, especially if collectively we all do something.
"At Cadbury House for example, we stopped using water cooler bottles many, many years ago and switched to a water purification system.
"This means we don’t take delivery of any plastic water bottles.
“Having helped collect so much rubbish in one day made the whole team realise the scale of the issue. We all pledged that anytime any of us are at the beach or by a waterway we’ll make an effort to bring home any rubbish we see and I hope others do the same.”
SUEZ senior key account manager for offices, hotels and leisure Cassie Brice-Bennett said: “There are 269,000 tonnes of plastic in the ocean, and 80 per cent of it is reaching the sea through gaps in the waste stream on land.
"We are pleased to be partnering with Hilton to tackle ocean pollution and look forward to working together to capture more waste materials for recycling at source, keeping them in use and out of our waterways.”
To get involved with the #suez4ocean initiative and host your own beach clean click HERE.
PHOTO: Sam Fowler, Gemma Cox, Gail Church and Joyce Millard
Couples looking to tie the knot in North Somerset are being invited on two dates to visit a special wedding fair or open evening at one of the region’s top venues.
The popular wedding fair is at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury on Sunday, September 9,11am-3pm where couples can pick up some helpful tips as well as exclusive offers for their big day.
Alternatively there is a Wedding Open Evening on Thursday, August 9, 6-8pm for brides-to-be who are busy during the day.
Renowned for its stunning views and contemporary boutique style, the four-star hotel will host a collection of professional local suppliers so that couples can meet and gathering plenty of ideas for their big day.
Visitors to the wedding fayre will also 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.
The highly experienced wedding team will be on hand to offer help and advice on everything from food, rooms and cars.
Cadbury House senior wedding sales supervisor Alice Grant said: “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. We offer the complete package here at Cadbury House and we absolutely love being part of such a special event.
“We currently also have some superb wedding offers and packages in place for couples looking to get married within the next 12-18 months which really have great value for money. We offer the complete package here at Cadbury House and myself and all the wedding team are very much looking forward to meeting some new couples at the Wedding Fayre’
“The venue is renowned for being a top wedding venue and it’s easy to see why.
"The Wedding Fayre is designed to show couples what we have to offer here 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 and those wanting to create a real 'wow' on their special day could consider an alfresco ceremony in the thatched Gazebo, with spectacular panoramic views stretching out across the North Somerset countryside and Bristol Channel.
For further details call the Wedding Team on 01934 834343 (Option 1) or email email@example.com
For more information about DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House visit www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk
Cadbury spa is top-notch
A Congresbury spa has won two awards from world leading spa brand Pevonia Botanica.
Chosen ahead of hundreds of other entrants from across the country, Louise Elliot who headed up thespa at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House has been presented with the Hotel Spa of the Year award while Sharon Parsons has won Therapist of the Year.
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.
Jason Eaton, health club director said: “It is 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 an 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.
“It’s also great to see Sharon receive the recognition she so fully deserves.
"She’s a pleasure to have as a member of the team at Cadbury House and we’re so proud of her win.
“There really isn’t a more deserving winner.
"She is a hardworking and dedicated member of the team with exceptional industry knowledge and understanding.
“Her client interaction as well as her treatment ability shows that she is a real asset and it’s great she’s been recognised.
“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.”
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.
Pictured top is the spa team and right Sharon receiving her award from Emily Luce, of Pervonia.
For more information or to book at thespa click HERE.
A sporting chance with England football team
The South West’s leading four-star hotel and health club is running a competition where one lucky person will win prizes for a lifetime - but only if England wins this summer’s football world cup!
Including full family membership to the multi award-winning health club for life and a three-night weekend stay for two plus dinner and wine for life in the hotel* up for grabs, should make the tournament in Russia a far more interesting affair.
But following England’s dismal performances over recent world cup campaigns, bosses at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset are quite confident they won’t have to hand over the prizes come July 15.
Mehmet Kandemir, general manager at the hotel said: “We would be delighted to offer these great prizes for life but England will have to do much better than they did in Brazil 2014 where they only scored two goals!
“Based on that, we decided to offer these fantastic prizes - but England to win the football World Cup and be crowned world champions?
"There’s probably more chance of us serving unicorn steaks in the Marco Pierre White restaurant than Harry Kane and the boys bringing home the trophy.”
According to the effervescent general manager, if someone in their 20s wins the prize, has a spouse and two children and they live until they are 80 years old then the prize would be worth around £180,000.
Former professional footballer and director of the health club Jason Eaton said: “I would love to hand over the prize of the health club membership for life, but England will have to play out of their skins for us to hand these over.
“We’ll all be rooting for Gareth Southgate and the squad and should England show some form and progress I imagine myself and the team in charge of the hotel will be getting progressively more nervous.”
For further details go to the Cadbury House Facebook page click HERE.
STOP PRESS: Bosses at the South West’s leading four-star hotel and health club are getting increasingly nervous as England progress at the football world cup.
The reason for the rising anxiety levels is because one lucky person will win prizes for a lifetime worth £180,000 - but only if England win the tournament!
Including full family membership to the multi award-winning health club for life and a three-night weekend stay for two plus dinner and wine for life in the hotel*, is now making the tournament in Russia a far more interesting affair.
The idea to offer the fantastic prizes followed England’s dismal performances over recent world cup campaigns which lulled those in charge at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset into thinking they’d never have to give them over.
However, as England negotiate their way through the tournament, hotel general manager Mehmet Kandemir and health club director Jason Eaton are understandably getting more and more edgy.
Mehmet said: “We would be delighted to offer these great prizes for life and as things stand we might just be doing so come July 15!”
STOP PRESS 2: Panic over...
* Weekend stay includes annual complimentary three nights weekend stay for two, including dinner, bed & breakfast to include a bottle of champagne on arrival as well as a bottle of wine of the winner’s choice with the meal every night of their stay. Complimentary upgrade, upon availability, to either loft, panoramic or junior suite.
560km charity bike ride success
A team of hospitality and health club experts all linked to the south west’s leading four-star hotel, health club and spa completed a gruelling 560 km bike ride to raise money for PROPS - a Bristol charity which provides a range of services, opportunities and support for those with learning difficulties.
Billed as ‘A2B’, the ride saw a 46-strong peloton peddle its way across four countries in four days from Amsterdam to Bristol. Taking in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England the ride crossed the Clifton Suspension Bridge finishing at Cadbury House in Congesbury, North Somerset.
Team Black & White Hospitality – whose main partner is Marco Pierre White and CEO is Wrington-based Nick Taplin, have now raised ,more than £60,000.
Riders included Ed Hadwin sports commentator from BBC Radio Bristol, John Hirst, boss at Destination Bristol and an assortment of riders from drinks wholesalers Matthew Clark and Lloyds Bank with Yate-based Hathaway Transport providing the support vehicles.
Nick said: “This was an amazing achievement by all those who took part and all riders’ stamina was pushed each day. There were a few falls, bumps and bruises but the whole team did incredibly well.
“To ride across the Clifton Suspension bridge at the end of the ride was an amazing spectacle and one all the riders will remember for a long time.
“We do a lot of work across our local community supporting good causes so it’s poignant that the ride will finish in Bristol which is where PROPS carries out the majority of its work.
“This will be the third ride Black & White Hospitality has been involved with, after which we would have raised in excess of £150,000 for charitable causes.
Chris Miller, director at PROPS said: “To have such a large team of people undertake a ride of this magnitude is quite overwhelming and we’re hugely grateful to all those who took part.
“At PROPS, we believe that all young people in our community should have the opportunity to lead fulfilling and participative lives, on both a social, and a professional level, regardless of any cognitive or physical disabilities.
“By providing access to practical learning, worthwhile experiences and skills development for these young people, we will achieve this goal. The money raised will help us continue the work we do and we wish everyone the very best of luck in their training.”
Murder & mystery at scary Cadbury House
Super sleuths from across North Somerset 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 mystery solving.
The event on Friday, August 3, invites eagle eyed sleuths to see if they can find the felon at what has become one of the venue’s most popular events.
Cadbury House resident security manager Hugh Dunnett believes those who come along will be in for a fantastic night of detective work, while enjoying the ambience and atmosphere of the 19th century house.
He said: “We’ve held murder mystery nights here in the old house for many years and they are really popular.
"The house provides the perfect backdrop and there are plenty of rooms, stairs, nooks and crannies where the killer can get up to their dastardly deed without being noticed!
“It’s great to see everyone getting so involved as the drama unfolds and we’d encourage guests who come along to wear suitable attire. The Sherlock Holmes TV show featuring Benedict Cumberbatch has also increased the popularity of these nights so booking early is advisable.
“My cousin, Doug Trench, who runs the local graveyard, absolutely loves it when Cadbury House has one of its murder mystery nights as it keeps him busy for a couple of days afterwards!”
Prices for the evening are £39 per person and includes cocktails and canapés on arrival, a three-course dinner with coffee, local fudge and disco until 1am. To reserve a place call 01934 83 43 43 (option 1) between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Father's Day is on June 17
The Godfather of Modern cooking, Marco Pierre White, is inviting families wanting to treat their dads to an extra special Father’s Day to his restaurant at Cadbury House in Congresbury.
With Sunday, June 17, dedicated to celebrating doting dads, the original enfant terrible has devised a menu that’s sure to be a hit for those wanting to show how much they care.
Available at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, the special Father’s Day menu includes an appetising mix of meat, fish and vegetarian options that’s set to delight those who reserve a table.
All dads also receive a bottle of Marco’s Governor beer, an all-malt British beer that’s the perfect accompaniment to many of the famed chef’s classic dishes.
Marco said: “Father’s day to me is about enjoying a delicious meal with your family in a relaxing atmosphere. The dishes on the menu are ones that I’m sure will prove popular with dads wanting to enjoy some classic cooking.”
Operations manager Brady Smith said: "Marco’s food is always a real hit with dads.
"The hearty dishes are classics and this year’s Father’s Day menu is looking superb. It’s a great way to really make your father’s day.
“Treating your dad to a nice lunch with the family is a lovely way to show him how much you care.
"The setting within one of the most popular hotels in the South West and with the rolling North Somerset hills in the background will just add to the perfect day!”
Prices for Father’s Day are £24.50 for three-courses and is available on Sunday, June 17, 12.30-4pm.
For further information and to book a table visit www.mpwsteakhousebristol.co.uk or call 01934 839019.
MPW Cadbury House menu
Starters on the three-course dinner includes: Ham Hock Terrine, Farmhouse Chutney, Sour-Dough; Finest quality Smoked Salmon, properly garnished, Brown Bread & Butter; English Charcuterie, Cornichons, Sun-blush Tomatoes, Sour-dough Baguette.
Mains are just as tantalising and includes:
Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding and all the Trimmings; Roast Loin of Pork or Chicken Breast, Vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding, Roasting Jus; 10oz Ribeye Steak, Vine Tomatoes, Frites and a Green Peppercorn Sauce.
Anyone with room left can then choose from a delicious selection of desserts including:
The Box Tree Eaton Mess; Warm Chocolate Brownie, Milk Ice-Cream, Chocolate Sauce; Baked Cheesecake, Blueberry Compote.
Cadbury House Festival 2018
Last year a community festival at Cadbury House attracted hundreds of people to sit in the sun and enjoy live music, games, food and drink and this year will be even better.
Money raised will benefit the Strawberry Line and the event will culminate with a firework display at 10pm.
North Somerset’s answer to Glastonbury will be held in the grounds of DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House on Sunday, June 24, with street food, live music and entertainment, al fresco bars, market stalls and fun sports activities.
Cadburyfest is a free event open to all ages and will run from 4.30pm until late.
This year the event is raising money for the Strawberry Line, specifically to purchase and install new kitchen equipment which will help expand the number of people it services.
Cadbury House operations manager Brady Smith said: “Last year we hosted the first ever Cadburyfest and it was a roaring success.
"Guests of the hotel and the local community loved it and we received so many requests to hold the event again, that we had to do it!
“It’s a fantastic fun day for families and friends to enjoy together and hopefully we will be blessed with glorious weather like last year, so people can enjoy relaxing on our beautiful lawn.
“We’ve got some great live entertainment lined up and there will be fun activities to take part in throughout the afternoon.
"There’s also plenty of space for people to chill and enjoy some food, drinks and our stunning panoramic views across the North Somerset
“Community is really important to us here at Cadbury House which is why we wanted to add a charity aspect to the day.
"Last year we managed to raise more than £600 for Weston Hospicecare through bucket collections and car parking and we hope to raise just as much this year for the Strawberry Line.
“Another highlight of the day will be welcoming back the team of 50 charity bike riders who are cycling from Amsterdam to Bristol to raise money for local charity PROPS.”
Headed up by Cadbury House owner Nick Taplin the Black and White Hospitality bike ride team is mainly made up of staff and suppliers of the hotel and health club and it is hoped they will raise £60,000 for PROPS which provides a range of services, opportunities and support for those with learning difficulties.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is a four-star boutique hotel just down the road from Nailsea.
With two onsite Marco Pierre White restaurants, an award-winning health club and spa, free parking and views across the North Somerset countryside, it has become renowned as one of the best in the region.
Places are limited but those who wish to attend the event should register by clicking HERE.
MPW brand of coffee, juice and smoothie bar
Marco Pierre White has launched the first of his brand new concept that will serve a delicious range of fresh coffee, juices, smoothies and frozen yogurts or yoggies.
Called Marconi, the new bar has now opened on the ground floor at theclub at Cadbury House, North Somerset.
As expected from the UK’s greatest ever chef, there is a heavy Italian influence throughout including the décor, furniture and coffee, while the name has been taken from what people used to call the famed chef in his younger days.
Open to members and non-members it will provide the perfect retreat where friends and family can relax and catch up thanks to its ultra-casual ambience.
The bar will also open out onto a decked terrace allowing customers the chance to relax outdoors and soak up the sun while enjoying their coffee, juice, smoothie or yoggie.
This new opening is the latest stage in owner Nick Taplin’s collaboration with the godfather of modern cooking, and the continuation of his ambitious plans to keep theclub and Cadbury House as the number one venue in North Somerset following a very successful 10 year anniversary.
Marco said: “In Italy, coffee has developed its own culture and is part and parcel of daily life.
"The day is often defined by coffee rituals and that’s what we want people to be able to do here. A coffee is typically enjoyed with friends and that is what we want at Marconi.
“As a child I used to love visiting the gelato bars in my mother’s home town of Bardolino and I’ve always wanted to open a place where people can relax over a freshly brewed coffee or enjoy an ice cream.”
The coffee served will be from the Italian Musetti brand which uses the best Arabica and Robusta beans while there will be a range of 24 juices including fruit, vegetable and protein varieties.
Jason Eaton, group director at theclub said: “There are plenty of coffee shops about but they are usually part of a chain. The offer of coffee, juice, smoothie and yoggie is the perfect mix and is unlike anything else.
“Marconi is also more intimate and has been brought about under the close eye of someone who perhaps knows a thing or two about the Italian way of life.
“Kids will love the wide range of yoggies and those who fancy a little pick me up after a workout can choose from the wide range of juices. We’ll also be serving a range of patisseries and protein shakes.
“It’s going to be a really relaxing and fun place to be.
Boy band mate inspires cheesy burger
Diners at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill at Congresbury can now enjoy a host of exciting new dishes, as the restaurant unveils it new mouth-watering menu based on classic British dishes.
The new menu uses Marco’s famous cooking techniques to create a mix of childhood favourites and modern day delicacies, simply cooked using the best locally sourced ingredients.The finest quality steak remains at the heart of the new menu and guests can choose their desired cut which ranges from the grilled 35 day aged 10oz ribeye or sirloin to the grilled 35 day aged 16oz T-bone or grilled centre cut 8oz fillet.
The popular roast chateaubriand 16oz for two is also remaining on the new menu.
Old favourites including the governor’s steak and ale pie, the roast rump of land a la dijonnaise and the roast chicken a la forestiere will also be preserved and joined by mouth-watering additions such as the pig mixed grill.
A new steakhouse burger section has been added which features the French, the American and the Alex James burger.
A friend of Marco’s, Alex James of Blur fame is now a producer of award winning artisan British cheeses. As such, the Alex James Burger’s signature ingredient is melted blue cheese, teamed with crispy bacon.
A range of vegetarian dishes have been carefully selected and added to the menu and the starters section boasts a good selection of meat and veggie options including soups and potages.
For those with a sweet tooth, the new menu also delivers an exciting selection of desserts, including Mr White’s billionaire’s shortbread and freshly baked crumble of the day.
Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House operations manager Brady Smith said: “We are extremely excited to have launched our new menu, which combines guests’ favourite dishes and a host of delicious new dishes.
“Our new menu gives our returning guests a selection of exciting flavours to try, while guaranteeing an enjoyable experience for diners who are visiting Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill for the first time.”
The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill is one of two eateries by the restaurateur at the venue.
The other is the Bardolino Pizzeria and the Bellini & Espresso Bar located within the onsite health club and spa.
Swings and chin-chin at Cadbury
Spring will swing into action at a special Gin & Jazz evening on Saturday, May 5.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House at Congresbury is hosting a night to remember with the six-piece jazz band Jeremy Huggett’s SwingZing.
General manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “Gin has had a bit of a renaissance in recent years and become the drink of choice for many out for the evening.
“The Great Gatsby epitomised an era of sophistication and style and was thrust into the limelight following the film which starred Leonardo DiCaprio.
“It seems the film coincided with a time when gin was already on people’s radar so it’s great to hold this event here at Cadbury House.
“The "gin-aissance" now sees a wide range of customer make it their favourite tipple and the chance to enjoy this ultra-trendy drink and listen to some top quality live music is set to get the taste buds tingling as well as the feet tapping.
“Our bar staff and mixologists have been practicing hard to make sure they get the combinations absolutely perfect so that guests will be able to appreciate and enjoy fully all the flavours.
“Jeremy Huggett’s SwingZing band captures the jump, jive and swing sound of the 40s and 50s.
"They have an exciting, lively sound and the versatility of the band appeals to all ages and makes them particularly ideal for dancing!
“Guests will also be able to take in the breath taking views and panorama from the venue’s terraces which are second.”
Starting at 7.30pm guests will also be able to enjoy a charcuterie and cheese board.
Tickets £25 per person.
For fans of Boggie another night planned is Through The Years on Friday, July 27 whichis £18 per person and includes retro classics.
To book call 01934 838343 or email email@example.com.
SOUNDS GREAT: Marconi the brand new coffee and juice bar at Cadbury House health club is open 8am-3pm and until close of play today, Friday, April 6, all drinks are £1.
PHOTO: From left Jason Eaton, health club director, Cadbury House; Mehmet Kandemir, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House; Mark Rimmer, health club ops manager, Cadbury House; Stuart Moss, student at PROPS; Matthew Robinson, student at PROP; Nick Trivett, centre manager at PROPS; Beth Hadley, DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House and Dan Howse, DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House
The fantastic 50 bikers
A team of hospitality and health club experts all linked to the south west’s leading four-star hotel, health club and spa will be embarking on a gruelling 520km bike ride to raise money for PROPS - a Bristol based charity which provides a range of services, opportunities and support for those with learning difficulties.
Billed as ‘A to B’, the ride will see a 50 plus-strong peloton peddle its way across four countries in four days from Amsterdam to Bristol.
Taking in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England the ride is to take place at the end of June and will end at Cadbury House in North Somerset.
Aiming to raise more than £60,000, team Black & White Hospitality – whose main partner is Marco Pierre White and CEO is Wrington-based Nick Taplin – are now training hard in preparation for the mammoth task.
Riders already signed up includes Ed Hadwin sports commentator from BBC Radio Bristol; John Hirst, boss at Destination Bristol and an assortment of riders from drinks wholesalers Matthew Clark and Lloyds Bank.
With Yate-based Hathaway Transport providing the support vehicles, there are still a limited number of spaces available for anyone wanting to take part.
Nick said: “We already have more than 50 people signed up which is fantastic but we do still have a limited number of spaces left.
“It’s going to be a challenging yet fun event, where the rider’s stamina will be pushed each day.
"They will however cycle past some amazing scenery from the windmills and tulips in Amsterdam, the beaches of Dunkirk, Stonehenge and over the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
“To ride across the Clifton Suspension bridge at the end of the ride will be an amazing spectacle and one all the riders will remember for a long time.
“We do a lot of work across our community supporting good causes so it’s poignant that the ride will finish in Bristol which is where PROPS carries out the majority of its work.
“This will be the third ride Black & White Hospitality has been involved with, after which we would have raised in excess of £150,000 for charitable causes.
“We’ve been out and mapped the route and for anyone wanting to get fit while enjoying themselves at the same time really should get on board.
"There is still time to register and anyone interested in joining the team should get in touch soon.”
PROPS director Chris Miller said: “To have such a large team of people undertake a ride of this magnitude is quite overwhelming and we’re hugely grateful to all those taking part.
“At PROPS, we believe that all young people in our community should have the opportunity to lead fulfilling and participative lives, on both a social, and a professional level, regardless of any cognitive or physical disabilities.
“By providing access to practical learning, worthwhile experiences and skills development for these young people, we will achieve this goal. The money raised will help us continue the work we do and we wish everyone the very best of luck in their training.”
To find out more about taking part email Sasha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about the charity click HERE.
Nailsea People were ladies who lunch at Bardolino - read our review HERE it was lovely and we will be back
Making changes in bedroom department!
'and so to bed said sleepy head...'
Cadbury House our favourite West Country hotel has made some changes in its bedrooms.
The top four star hotel, spa and health club, just down the road from Nailsea has undergone a major refurbishment programme to upgrade its bedrooms and suites.
All 72 bedrooms including its Junior Suites and Loft Suites, investing have had a makeover costing more than £1.5 million in total and many of the shared public areas have also been upgraded.
In keeping with the hotel’s signature boutique-style, the new bedroom décor has an emphasis on elegance and features a chrome finish, relaxing grey-toned colour palette and an unmistakable focus on comfort and luxury.
Drawing inspiration from local landmarks including the SS Great Britain, Clevedon Pier, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge, the bedrooms celebrate Bristol and Somerset’s heritage in its contemporary artwork, perfect for tourists and local visitors alike.
Thought has gone into guests’ convenience with facilities including USB charging points on plug sockets, double sinks in some bathrooms and additional seating areas for relaxing or working.
The hotel’s new state-of-the art reception area is another key part of the refurbishment programme and boasts a feature ‘living’ wall to the exterior, in a nod to the venue’s lush green surroundings.
The space also features huge floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views across the North Somerset countryside as well as stylish interior design to make for a striking first impression.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “Our latest refurbishment project to upgrade our bedrooms and some public areas is part of an ongoing programme of regeneration at the venue.
"We have become renowned for our innovative and contemporary facilities so the evolution work never ends!
“The hotel has benefitted from over £26 million in investments since its opening thanks to owner Nick Taplin, and the latest refurbishment is testament to our commitment to guest comfort and satisfaction.
“The new rooms really give the wow-factor, especially our popular suites which really are stunning and offer a real treat for those visiting for special occasions.
"We’re certain guests will be impressed with the upgrades.”
Nestled in the rolling North Somerset countryside DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House is one of the region’s most popular destination spa hotels.
Boasting stunning views across the South West countryside and the Bristol Channel, the idyllic setting has become a favourite for leisure, business, events and weddings.
The elegance of the old country house combined with the contemporary boutique styling of the four-star hotel lends itself to glamorous celebrations and relaxing getaways.
With 132 luxury bedrooms, free parking, an onsite health club and spa and two Marco Pierre White restaurants, guests can enjoy a full weekend of indulgence.
For more information about DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House click HERE or call 01934 834343.
Power from the fitness people
Human muscle has slashed £6,000 off the electricity bill from the country’s leading health club.
Having installed equipment that puts power back into the building’s electrical supply while they’re being used, theclub at Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset has now calculated how much energy has been produced since they took delivery of the machines in September 2013.
Part of the Technogym Artis range, the 28 bikes and cross trainers were designed so that the human energy produced during exercise is recycled and renewed. It means when, for example, someone uses one of the exercise bikes, the technology housed within that piece of equipment converts the human energy into electricity.
In addition, the 14 treadmills reduce energy consumption by 30 per cent, helping lower further the energy consumption of the health club while the physical activity performed on both the cardio and strength equipment is recycled to power the equipment display consoles.
The first venue in the world to use the environmentally friendly fitness equipment, it’s been calculated that each non running machine feeds around 100w per hour back into the building's power supply which means approximately 1kWh of energy per day per machine which costs on average about 13p.
Multiplied up, the 28 non running machines have therefore created over £1,300 of energy per year, equating to about £6,000 since their installation.
Jason Eaton, health club director, pictured top, said: “The installation of this equipment really was the very latest in health club technology.
“It’s amazing to think how much money has been saved over the years. It makes sense to harness the energy produced by those using the non-running machines and it’s great to see the technology in practice.
“To show that we’re reducing the level of energy needed to power the club is great for the environment while at the same time our members are getting the optimum work out.
“Imagine how much energy would be produced if all health clubs, gyms, hotels and private clubs had similar equipment not to mention people having this in their own homes.
“We’re constantly looking at how we can improve our members’ experience and is what sets us apart from all other health clubs.”
For further information on theclub at Cadbury House please call T: 01934 834343 or visit www.theclubandspabristol.co.uk
New pasta and pizza preview
Marco Pierre White introduces new menu for Bardolino and you could let him know your thoughts!
Marco Pierre White has launched a new main menu at Bardolino, his pizzeria, bellini and espresso bar at theclubandspa in the grounds of Cadbury House.
The new-look menu is still focused around Marco’s ethos of casual, authentic and affordable Italian dining, while brand new set-price lunch and early dinner menus have been added following customer feedback.
Pizza and pasta is still the focus of the restaurant, with burgers – such as the BBQ glazed beef burger with pancetta bacon and blue cheese – and salads – including the roast chicken and avocado Caesar also making a big impression.
Al Forno pasta dishes are a particular hit with customers and the stone baked pizzas feature a selection of the best Italian inspired toppings.
Along with the new-look main meals, the much-loved Bardolino brunch has also had a makeover. From avocado and pancetta bacon to tuscan sausages and baked cannellini beans, all breakfast items are served on toast and available until 5pm.
Bardolino restaurant manager Murray Whittington says that if the new menu isn’t enough incentive to visit then the launch offer and a chance to meet the man himself will be!
Murray said: “We’re so excited about the new menu at Bardolino, it features all the old favourites and there are some showstopping new dishes to try.
"Our new lunch and dinner set menus are fantastic value for our customers and start from as little as £8.95 for two courses.
“We’re also offering a £10 off voucher when you spend over £35 on our new menu until Saturday, March 31 when dining from the a la carte menu.
“If that’s not enough, customers will get the chance to try the new menu at a special event on Tuesday, February 13, when Marco himself will be visiting to meet customers and officially launch the new menu.
“For just £27.95pp or £49.95 per couple you can meet Marco, receive a signed copy of his cookbook and enjoy lunch with a glass of fizz.
"This is the perfect chance to meet a culinary legend and have a lovely day out. It’s the day before Valentine’s Day so it will make a fantastic experience to share with a loved one.”
The new lunch set menu is £8.95 for two courses or £10.95 for three courses. The Early Dinner set menu is £14.95 for two courses or £18.95 for three courses and is available 5-7pm Sunday-Thursday.
For more information, to book or to view the full menu visit www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk/our-brands/bardolino/bristol/menus.
I love Marco
Marco Pierre White is hosting lunch and dinner at his North Somerset restaurants on Tuesday, February 13, providing the perfect opportunity for a special Valentine’s date.
The iconic chef will visit the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill and the Bardolino Pizzeria, Espresso & Bellini Bar, both located at the Cadbury House hotel in Congresbury.
Guests at the special event will enjoyed a three-course lunch or dinner as well as a meet and greet with Marco who will personally sign complimentary copies of his cookbook.
MPW Steakhouse manager Mimmo Pomo said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Marco this February, especially as his visit falls right on Valentine’s Day, meaning couples can book a really exclusive experience to celebrate.”
Bardolino manager Murray Whittington said: “It is always fantastic when Marco visits, everyone has a great time meeting him and enjoying a VIP event.
"Guests can choose from lunch in Bardolino or dinner in the Steakhouse and will enjoy ample opportunity to meet and chat with Marco.”
Marco’s Steakhouse menu is made up of signature steaks, timeless British dishes and French classics.
The ethos is all about classic dishes, simply cooked, using the best locally sourced ingredients.
Bardolino specialises in authentic Italian cuisine, particularly pizza and pasta, and with its laid-back atmosphere and Mediterranean décor it offers an affordable and relaxed alternative.
For more information about Marco’s visit see www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk
Loved up couples are being invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day within the stunning setting of one of the region’s top venues, as DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House hosts its annual Ball.
Taking place on Saturday, February 10, the Valentine’s Ball will include everything needed to make for a special romantic evening.
Couples can enjoy a table for two at the ball, including a three-course dinner and a bottle of wine. Taking place in the hotel’s stunning Great Room, guests are sure to have an evening to remember.
Entertainment is from The Lipinski Band and is topped off with a disco until 1am.
Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “Our Valentine’s Ball is always a really popular event and one of our best sellers. Cadbury House is such a romantic venue that it offers the perfect location for a special night with a loved one.
“The romance of the old house and sweeping driveway with the elegance of our Great Room and facilities is a match made in heaven.
“Our executive chef has put together a specially designed menu and the entertainment is set to be second-to-none.”
Those wishing to make a weekend of it can take advantage of the Valentine’s Ball Residential package which includes tickets to the ball, an overnight stay in a deluxe double room, bath robes, a mini bottle of sparkling wine each and chocolates in the room, a full English breakfast the next day and access to the award-winning health club and spa with 15 per cent off treatments for just £255 per couple.
And for those who prefer a quieter evening, the venue’s Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill has announced a special three-course menu for love birds to enjoy.
The ‘Love Me Tender’ menu includes signature Marco dishes such as the classic prawn cocktail, the Chateaubriand for two and the baked New York cheesecake as well as more for guests to choose from.
Specialist cocktails and an extensive wine list is also available and the luxurious setting and quality service will make for a special evening.
Tickets to the Valentine’s Ball cost £40 per person. A three-course dinner at Marco’s elegant Steakhouse is £40 per person.
For more information or to book call 01934 834343, go online by clicking HERE or the visit the Facebook page.
While people in Nailsea are wassailing along the road at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House at Congresbury, on Saturday, January 20, is a more formal annual Burns Nights.
Here guests will celebrate with a four-course meal while being entertained by the10-piece Shirley pipe band giving the evening a true Scottish flavour.
The meal will include plenty of haggis, neeps, tatties and whisky and will help raise money for the Guide Dog Association.
After grace the supper will start with a traditional scotch broth.
This will be followed by the arrival of the haggis which will be brought in on a large plate by the head chef supported by the pipers.
The cutting of the haggis will be accompanied by Burns' famous poem, Address To A Haggis with plenty of wee drams to help the proceedings go smoothly!
The party will continue with a disco until 1am and guests are asked to wear black tie.
Operations manager Brady Smith said: “Burns Night has become a regular favourite here at Cadbury House. We like to think we uphold all of the traditions which makes Burns suppers such a great occasion.
“After Christmas and New Year celebrations this event gives people something to really look forward to and the elegant setting of Cadbury House plus the fact that it’s black tie makes it an occasion to remember.
“It is also great to help support the Guide Dog Association and we hope to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy cause.
"Some of the puppies in training will even be parading on the evening.”
Tickets £35 per person for a four-course dinner and entertainment with overnight packages £165 for two people sharing.