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...
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
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.”
* Source: The Energy Revolution (powered by GET)
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
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.
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.”
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.
Fe sting for St
V lentine's D y
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
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!”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.
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."
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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’
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.”
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.
PHOTO: Spa manager Olivia Molloy is
pictured holding trophy with her winning team
PHOTO: from left Mehmet Kandemir, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House; Joyce Millard, HR manager, DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House and Amanda Gallagher, corporate partnerships fundraiser, Children’s Hospice South West
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.”
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 old house for many years and they are really popular.
"It 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!
"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.
"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 and we’re now down to the last remaining tickets.”
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 please call 01934 834343 (option 1) between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email email@example.com or visit https://www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk/murder-mystery-night1.
Dining treat for daddies
Father's Day is on Sunday, June 16 this year and what better place to celebration than lunch at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury has the day covered with a special MPW menu.
The renowned restaurant is now taking bookings for the occasion where families will be able to enjoy either a two-course or three-course dinner including a special gift from Marco - a bottle of Marco’s Governor Lager, a full-bodied 4.7 per cent pils-style lager, that been brewed by Manchester-based JW Lees.
Krisztian Komar, steakhouse restaurant manager, said: “Marco’s food is always a real hit with the dads.
"The dishes include some Marco classics and this year’s Father’s Day menu is looking superb and stays true to his philosophy of keeping things simple and feeding people well.
“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!”
For starters guests will be able to tuck into a ‘Smorgasbord’ of hors d’oeuvres. Perfect for sharing it includes an array of cold meats, seafood, vegetarian options, seasonal salad and a canteen of home-made soup.
For mains there’s a selection of roasts including beef, Somerset pork loin and herb chicken while those who don’t fancy meat can choose from a grilled salmon steak a la forestiere or gnocchi pomodoro.
Those with any room will then have a selection of six options to choose from the dessert menu.
With the Box Tree Eton mess, warm chocolate brownie, Mr Coulson’s sticky toffee pudding, baked vanilla cheesecake, ice-cream and sorbets and a selection of Alex James cheeses is sure to bring a smile to the faces of diners.
Krisztian added: "We’re in the business of feeding people in a great environment where the service is of the highest standard.
"That’s why we’ll be pulling out all the stops so that from the moment guests arrive they are made to feel special, especially the dads.”
Prices for Father’s Day are £23.95 per person and includes a three-course meal.
A two-course option is also available and costs £19.95 per person.
For a full menu or to book visit www.mpwsteakhousebristol.co.uk or call 01934 834343.
For those preferring a more 'casual' setting Bardoline, the upstairs bistro restaurant, at theclubandspa Bristol will also be serving a Father's Day treat.
Pizza and pasta are the star dishes.
The restaurant takes its name from the town of Marco’s mother’s birthplace, Bardolino and features an all-day express menu of authentic Italian food, coffees and Bellinis.
It is open Monday-Thursday 8am-9.30pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-10pm and Sunday 11am-9pm click HERE to book online.
Top acoustic band at Cadbury House
One of the UK’s foremost acoustic bands is heading to the south west’s leading four-star hotel where they will play a set of classics from the 60s, modern day covers as well as songs from their own albums.
Fans of The Lipinski Brothers can now book tickets for Friday, July 19, at Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset.
Made up of brothers Alex and Adam, their extensive repertoire features songs by the likes of The Beatles, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones as well as more modern artists such as Crowded House, Kings of Leon, Oasis, Stereophonics, The Killers and Mumford & Sons.
Having received rave reviews from some of the country’s leading music media, Alex’s voice, which has been described as having the ‘raw rockability of earliest Elvis, is set to wow fans at the popular venue which provides the perfect setting for live gigs.
According to BBC 6 Music, Alex ‘played and sung with such vigour and conviction, it just sweeps you up and carries along’, while the Huffington Post wrote, ‘Lipinski comes across like a star in waiting – one who possesses immense patience with the powers that be – who lets his voice and playing speak for themselves.’
Mehment Kandimer, general manager at the Congresbury-based hotel said: “The reviews speak for themselves and to see a band that has received such great reviews is something not to be missed.
“The future for the brothers is very bright and to be able to see them in such an intimate setting will a fantastic spectacle for fans as well as those who perhaps haven’t seen them before.
“This is music at its acoustic best and is a far cry from TV shows that manufacture soulless pop. To say that you’ve seen them before they hit the big time really will be something to boast about in future years and I’d strongly recommend securing tickets now.”
Tickets £19.95 per person includes food and disco following the gig and tickets have already been selling well since the gig was first announced.
To book call 01934 834343 (Option 1) 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the country’s best known and most loved soap opera stars visited the South West’s leading four-star hotel where he hosted an afternoon tea where guests were treated to his own brand of gin.
Adam Woodyatt, who is one of the longest cast members of the hit small screen TV show that depicts life in London’s east end, made the special one-off visit to Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset.
At a special afternoon tea, Adam chatted about his gin journey while the 50 guests were served three gin-based drinks using the soap opera star’s NEAT Gin, which he and his wife Beverley have developed just under the last two years.
A versatile London Dry Gin, it contains eight botanicals which have been carefully balanced to work in harmony, giving a nose that is both floral and woody.
The mouth feel is smooth and creamy giving notes of citrus and spice with a lengthy finish.
On arrival guests enjoyed a delicious cocktail, perfect for the summer called English Garden Fizz and included NEAT Gin, soda water, elderflower cordial and prosecco.
After tea, they were then served a straight shot which included a dash of water, ice and cucumber garnish and demonstrated the full flavour of the gin. Finally, guests were treated to the perfect serve which had plenty of ice, aromatic tonic and orange peel.
Guests were also set a competition by Adam to guess the eight botanicals used in the drink with those getting the most correct winning a free bottle.
Adam said: “It’s always great to get out and about and chat to guests
and explain all about our gin journey.
"The setting was ideal and meant I was able to spend some quality time with everyone who came along.
“Our story is quite a simple one. We just wanted to make gin.
“Beverley and I found a 15th century recipe and used that as our starting point. There was a list of botanicals but no quantities and was like a jigsaw without a picture. We tried different combinations, constantly tasting and testing until the eleven botanicals became eight.
“It’s great that we were able to share our journey with other gin enthusiasts.
“It’s also really interesting to see if people can guess what the botanicals are. No one has ever guessed all eight and that remained the case during my visit to Cadbury House however some guests did get four.”
Mehmet Kandemir, general manager at Cadbury House added: “Adam’s passion for gin as well as his new brand is clear to see, and we were delighted he came to visit us at Cadbury House.
“We’re always on the lookout for new products to serve our guests here at Cadbury House and NEAT Gin is certainly ahead of the curve when it comes to something that is not only new but incredibly tasty.”
New seasonal Bistro menu
The bistro a Cadbury House has a new menu.
Marco Pierre White launched the new menu at his Bardolino restaurant at theclub, Cadbury House in Congresbury.
Featuring an all-day selection of authentic Italian food, coffees and Bellinis, the new menu is just as much a statement about the way in which the famed chef has eschewed the sort of fine cuisine he was once renowned, while providing what today’s discerning diners are looking for.
Marco said: “Bardolino tells you what it is - a bar and also a place to get good, simple food.
“This is the way that restaurants are going, because this is how people are living nowadays.
"They like to eat out once or twice or even three times a week, even if it is just going to somewhere casual like a pizzeria.
“People want affordable glamour, and they want some fun. I like casual. I like affordable. And I like glamour.
"We live such fast lives it is important to have some escapism, so going to your local pizzeria for something to eat or even just a coffee can be an escape.
“To me, the most important aspect of eating out isn’t the food – it’s the atmosphere, the environment, the lighting, the service. The problem with expensive restaurants is that you don’t become a regular because you can only go there on rare occasions.
“Bardolino is a place where customers can pop in numerous times a week and the new menu is a reflection of just that.”
The new-look menu is focused around Pierre White’s belief that good quality food should be an experience that is shared and enjoyed with friends and family, whatever the occasion and includes a mix of classic Italian-inspired dishes.
With the casual dining restaurant taking its name from the town of Marco’s mother’s birth, it is now hoped the updated menu will continue to attract those looking for a casual dining experience.
As you’d expect from a restaurant that has Italy at its heart, customers can expect a variety of authentic stone-baked pizzas, Al Forno pasta and Mediterranean inspired salads.
New to the starter’s menu is a delicious Crispy Butterfly Prawns Fritto Misto while new additions to the Al Forno selection includes Penne Arabiatta, chilli, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil; Baked Tuscan Sausages, cannellini beans, pomodoro sauce; Rigatoni Ragu of Scottish beef Bolognese with aged Italian cheese and also Cannelloni, spinach and ricotta with cream cheese sauce and aged Italian cheese.
The new pizzas are just as tantalising and includes Florentina Portobello mushroom, spinach, free range egg, mozzarella, fresh sage, porcini oil and the Romana with anchovies, capers, black olives, tomato and mozzarella.
Two novel burgers have been added including the Fonzi which includes pancetta, pickled cucumber and mozzarella. Not to be outdone, Marco has also added his own, aptly named The MPW which includes mustard mayonnaise, onion rings and mozzarella.
Finally, those wanting something a little lighter can enjoy the new Grilled Shrimp Avocado Caesar Salad which includes croutons and Italian cheese.
Marco added: “The new menu offers a fresh alternative, where authentic, uncomplicated food is served promptly.
“We want groups of friends to come in for a lunch or dinner. It’s not pretentious, it’s just good food, served in a great environment.”
Restaurant manager Murray Whittington said: "We are thrilled to launch our new menu, which combines some of our most popular dishes with a host of exciting new additions, all reflecting Marco’s passion for classic food done well.
“A new menu gives our returning diners something else to look forward to on their next visit, as well as giving people who have never joined us before the perfect excuse to plan their visit.”
For further information online click HERE or call 01934 834 343 (option 6).
Young Lions love Cadbury
England u21 football squad bunked up at Cadbury House Hotel during their stay in Bristol for the game against Poland.
And the young people and their officials were so impressed by their accommodation they put in a request wish in feedback to the Congresbury staff to hold all their football camps staying at the North Somerset hotel with spa, swimming pool and top-notch gym facilities.
Arriving on the Sunday ahead of the Ashton Gate international the squad and backroom staff stayed for a full week at the four-star hotel.
Sky Sports reported that Manchester City player Phil Foden impressed as a dominant England U21s but they were held to a 1-1 draw by Poland for the Thursday night game.
Having undergone a series of high-end audits by the squad’s management to make sure the venue was suitable for the Young Lions, the Cadbury House team was thrilled to host the squad which included players valued at more than £70 million.
England U21 team manager Jenni Wisdom said: “The hotel was lovely and the layout worked so well for us.
"There was a great flow and it was very comfortable, but even more than that was how great the staff were in looking after everyone.
"Everyone had a smile on the their faces and couldn’t do enough to help us.
"We have never stayed in a hotel where we have been so cared for.
"I honestly don’t have anything to even suggest the hotel could improve on, if only we could hold all our camps in Bristol.”
Cadbury House general manager Mehment Kandemir said: "It was a pleasure to host the England U21 squad and it’s great to receive such positive feedback.
“Our goal is, no matter who our guests are, to provide the best possible service where no request is too much trouble.
"The players and management team were a credit not only to themselves, but also to their clubs and country.
“We would gladly host them again in the future and wish the Young Lions all the very best as they strive for Euro U21 Championship glory.”
A taste of EastEnders gin
PHOTOS: Soap actor Adam Woodyatt promotes his own brand gin and the original EastEnders cast 1985 courtesy of Wikipedia
Chin-chin at Cadbury House with EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt who will be toasting guests with his own brand of gin.
One of the country’s best known and most loved soap opera characters will be visiting one of the south west’s leading four-star hotel where he’ll talk about how he has developed his own specials bottle of booze.
Adam, who is one of the longest cast members of the hit small screen hit TV show will be making a special one-off visit to the Congresbury hotel on Saturday, April 13.
His on-screen character Ian Beale has been marriage five times, had two engagements called off, fathered three children and is currently the homeowner of 45 Albert Square.
In real life Adam who will be 51 in June was born in Walthamstow, married dancer Beverley in 1998 at Disney World, Florida, and the couple who live in Warwickshire have two children.
At the North Somerset afternoon tea, Ian will chat about his gin journey while guests will be served a number of drinks using his NEAT Gin.
He’ll also provide some ideas on how to make the perfect G&T along with a number of other gin-based cocktails.
Available at Cadbury House, NEAT Gin is an extremely versatile London Dry Gin, that according to the blurb 'contains eight botanicals which have been carefully balanced to work in harmony, giving a nose that is both floral and woody. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy giving notes of citrus and spice with a lengthy finish'.
Adam said: “Our story is quite a simple one.
"We just wanted to make gin.
“Beverley and I found a 15th century recipe and used that as our starting point.
"There was a list of botanicals but no quantities and was like a jigsaw without a picture.
"We tried different combinations, constantly tasting and testing until the 11 botanicals became eight.
“It’s great that we can now share our journey with other gin enthusiasts and I’m looking forward to visiting Cadbury House and meeting lots of guests to chat and talk about our experience.
“Gin of course has a long history with London, but it was in fact the Dutch who are thought to have really invented the spirit.
"It was in the late 1600s that the first gin craze really took off in London and was a period where a pint of gin was cheaper than a pint of beer!
“Luckily today things are a little calmer however gin has certainly had something of a renaissance, and is now viewed as the bedrock for a huge range of cocktails and of course the classic G&T.”
Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “Adam’s passion for gin as well as his new brand is clear to see, and we’re delighted to welcome him and his wife to Cadbury House.
“We’re always on the lookout for new products to serve our guests here at Cadbury House and NEAT Gin is certainly ahead of the curve when it comes to something that is not only new but incredibly tasty.
“This is the perfect event for anyone who is not only a fan of Adam but enjoys gin, however we have a limited number of spaces so anyone who wants to come along will need to book their space quickly.”
The NEAT Gin Afternoon Tea with Adam Woodyatt on Saturday,April 13, starts at 2pm.
To book a ticket £21.95 call 01934 834343 (option 1) or email email@example.com..
A-level studies begin with Cadbury House breakfast
Backwell School sixth form students grilled staff from Cadbury House at Congresbury after enjoying a hearty breakfast on an educational visit.
The 22 students enjoyed a series of short presentations senior management and a tour of the venue with a £10 million annual turnover business.
The visit was part of their Business and Economics A-level course.
Current owner Nick Taplin has iseen more than £30 million invested in the business since he bought it back in 2003.
They were also intrigued to find out more about the type of customer the four-star hotel attracts and the benefit of maintaining and developing excellent customer service.
Additionally, they wanted to learn how the multi award-winning venue tracks and monitors the success of any campaigns which promote things such as wedding fayres, gala dinners, hotel occupancy and health club membership.
Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “It’s always great to welcome students from our local schools.
"Visiting venues like ours provides them with a vital insight into how businesses work day in, day out.
“As a major employer in the region, we also have a moral duty to inspire and mentor the next generation, and our door is always open to those who want to learn more.
“They were an inquisitive bunch and we wish them the very best as they work towards their A-levels and hopefully towards a highly rewarding career.
“Who knows, we may have had amongst us the next serial entrepreneur, Marco Pierre White super-star chef, health club manager or communications guru.
"What’s important is that we give them the support and counsel to make the most of their future.”
Backwell School assistant headteacher Daniel East said: “Visits like this enables our students to see first-hand how businesses really work.
"We can teach the theory but to see it in practice helps improve the studies and units of work the students produce.
“I’d like to thank both Nick (Taplin) and Mehment for hosting the visit.
"The students took a lot out of it and really opened their eyes especially in terms of career opportunities in the hospitality sector.”
A new general manager has been appointed at the South West’s leading independent health club.
Mark Johns has taken over the running of the award-winning club and spa at Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset, from Jason Eaton the former Bristol, Bath and Cheltenham professional footballer.
Mark has a wealth of experience in the health club and wellness sector and joins the popular club from DW Fitness First in Bath.
Prior to that he oversaw the running of the Ledbury Leisure Centre and swimming pool on behalf of the Halo Leisure Trust.
Working as area manager for the David Lloyd Group for five years, Mark was in also charge of the group’s Long Ashton venue in Bristol during its £2.5 million refurbishment.
Mark said: “theclub at Cadbury House has arguably one of the best reputations across the whole south west and attracts members from a very wide geographic area.
“It’s also totally unique in that it’s very rare to have an independent club likes this that has such high, premium level of facilities.
“Bristol 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.
“There is a very strong legacy here alongside some fantastic opportunities to grow on that reputation.
"I’m now looking forward to working closely with what is a fantastic team and to realise further the potential of this amazing health club.
“Maintaining a relaxed but professional level of service, my aim is to create a world class experience for all the members and visitors while keeping the community feel that’s so prominent here.”,
Cadbury House owner Nick Taplin said: “I’d like to welcome Mark to Cadbury House.
"He comes at a time when the club continues to enjoy a strong membership base and remains at the forefront of what people come to expect from a leading health club and spa.
"We wish him the very best in his new role as he looks to take theclub onto the next level.”
New man at theclub
MPW bisto adds more vegan options
Marco Pierre White is increasing the number of vegan dishes at his West Country-based restaurants.
The increase in the number of vegan dishes comes as more and more turn to the plant-based diet, and with big name stars such as Lewis Hamilton, the Formula 1 driver, and pop singer Ariana Grande both turning 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.
The no-nonsense chef and famed restauranteur will now roll out the new selection of dishes at his Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grills in Bristol and Bridgwater, and Bardolino pizzeria also in Bristol.
Commenting on the availability of the new dishes Marco said: “There is a place for all types of menus and the increase in vegan-based dishes reflects what more and more customers now want. The new dishes are high in vegetables and also cereal grains and legumes.
“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 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.”
Starters include zucchini fritti or spiced cauliflower salad with pomegranate and coriander while the new range of mains includes avery island burger, tabasco ketchup dressed butternut squash burger and Rigatoni arabiatta, pomodoro sauce, fresh red chilli.
Desserts include almond rice pudding with vanilla poached apricots and peanut butter and jelly Monte Cristo sandwich fried finished in cinnamon sugar, served with sorbet.
Marco added: “Sitting alongside dishes for those who are not vegan means groups of friends and family who have a variety of diets can enjoy a nice meal without feeling as if they are being singled out.
“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 vegan dishes.”
For further information click HERE.
The Wurzels play Cadbury House
Is that a combine harvester in the car park?
West Country favourites The Wurzels will be making their long-awaited return to Cadbury House this spring.
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, April 27, 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 and specialist guest ciders from all over the region for visitors to enjoy.
The entertainment will continue with a disco until 1am.
Mehment Kandimer, general manager said: “The Wurzels are legends around the West Country and to have them perform again here at Cadbury House is fantastic news.
“When they’ve played here before, it’s always been a memorable night.
"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!”
Tickets for the night cost £25 and includes food but anyone interested is being advised to reserve soon as space is limited.
This evening is certain to be a sell-out.
Mehmet added: “We’ve had a lot of interest already and if anyone is thinking about coming along to enjoy some top-quality West Country entertainment, I recommend they get in touch fast to avoid disappointment.”
For further information or to reserve tickets call 01934 834343 (option 1) between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doting couples looking for somewhere to enjoy a romantic meal together this Valentine’s Day are being invited to celebrate their love within the stunning setting of Cadbury House.
The team at the four-star, boutique-style hotel is now getting ready for the venue’s annual Valentine’s Ball which is set to put Cupid’s bow and arrow into overdrive.
The ball on Saturday, February 9, will include everything needed to make for a special romantic evening.
With sparkling wine and canapes on arrival, couples will then be able to enjoy a three-course dinner specially designed to help make hearts flutter.
Entertainment includes singing duo Double Impact who are set to get pulses racing further with a set of crooner classics.
Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “We have put a lot of thought into this year’s Valentine’s Ball and we’re confident love birds will have an amazing evening with us.
“From the specially designed menu, romantic lighting and decorations, even the small touches like chocolate hearts and roses for the ladies, we’re offering a night not to be missed.
“Valentine’s Day is all about romance, atmosphere and a little something extra special that you can’t get all year round.
“The backdrop of the hotel and the rolling North Somerset countryside is like no other and we’re proud to offer an elegant venue for people to get dressed up and make special memories.”
Those wishing to make a weekend of it can take advantage of an overnight package which consists of a night in a deluxe double room, with full English breakfast, bath robes, mini bottle of sparkling wine each and chocolates in the room.
It also includes full use of the leisure facilities and 15 per cent off selected spa treatments for the duration of your stay plus a table for two at our Valentine's ball.
Tickets to the Valentine’s Ball cost £40 per person.
Cost for the overnight package is £237.00 per couple.
For further information call 01934 834343 (option 1) or email email@example.com
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Cadbury House caring in community
The south west’s leading four-star hotel has raised more than £2,500 for a local charity that employs and trains adults with learning disabilities (LD) within the catering, customer service and hospitality sectors.
Operating from a fully restored and refurbished Brunel listed station building on a busy railway station in North Somerset for the past eight years, the team behind the Strawberry Line Café project in Yatton now want to expand their operation with the launch of The Hub.
With few opportunities existing to meet the demands for meaningful and supportive work experience across the region and with the current Strawberry Line Café premises having limited capacity, the plan behind The Hub is to source local premises that will give as many local people with LD a chance to try and gain essential skills, which will lead to employment or meaningful work experience in another business.
The money raised so far by Cadbury House in Congresbury, will now go towards producing a 90-second film which will be used to raise awareness of the project for funding applications while also being shared with local employers who might want to get involved.
Strawberry Line Café director Ann Ramsey, who is originally from Nailsea, said: “We are very grateful for the support of everyone at Cadbury House and look forward to working with them to make our project a reality.
"Partnering with such a high profile and highly regarded employer will also make a big difference the future success of the café.”
Cadbury House general manager Mehmet Kandemir said: “We’ve been a long supporter of the Strawberry Line Café project and it’s great to see that it has thrived during the past few years.
"To hear that the team are now looking to expand its offering with the launch of The Hub is great news.
“Our plan at Cadbury House is to now double the amount we’ve already raised for this current project so that they can push forward to providing training and learning opportunities for adults with learning difficulties.
“It would be great if there were any property owners or commercial property agents who might be able to facilitate the charity’s search for suitable premises and I’m sure they’d be pleased to hear from anyone who might be able to help.”
For further information on the Strawberry Line Café click HERE.
Spa skills shared
A therapist who began her career as an apprentice at one of the region’s leading spas has now become mentor for the next generation of beauticians.
Starting seven years ago as a weekend work experience student, Ella Williams, who now works full time at thespa at Cadbury House in Congresbury in North Somerset, is supervising the latest intake of therapists as they work towards their own qualifications.
Ella started back in 2011 while studying for her Level 2 NVQ in Beauty Therapy at Weston College, going on to attain her Level 3 NVQ while working as a full-time apprentice at thespa.
Her career has now gone full-circle as she has now started supervising the newest recruit, Charlotte Rabone, as she herself embarks on gaining her qualifications as well as valuable hands-on experience.
Ella said: “It doesn’t seem that long ago when I first started here at Cadbury House, so it’s amazing to think that I’m now helping the next generation of beauty therapists work towards their own qualifications.
“When I started my apprenticeship it really helped build my confidence. I learnt an awful lot and gained brilliant experience at an award-winning spa. I was hugely grateful for the opportunity and would encourage others to follow the same route
“It’s also great that I can now help Charlotte and guide her while she too works towards her qualifications.”
Spa manager Michelle Ferguson said: “It’s fantastic that Ella is now helping out the next generation, having come from an apprenticeship background herself.
“Doing an apprenticeship means you have to perform.
Charlotte Rabone and Ella Williams outside at the spa, Cadbury House
"If you’re in the workplace you’ll be meeting and serving paying customers so everything has to be right - this means there is a real pressure to perform but I think this is when people learn the most.
“Acting under pressure and getting things right first time is I think a much better way to learn that by theory alone.
“Gaining the hands-on experience really gives people the confidence and knowledge they need to progress. Charlotte has been a great addition to the team who gets fantastic feedback from her clients and I know will do well and we wish her all the best.”
For further information about the spa click HERE.
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, January 6, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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New face at health club & spa
A new ops manager has joined the South West’s leading health club and spa.
Silviu Prioteasa, aged 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.