Corporate Magazine September 2017

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On the menu this month; we preview some of the best of British venues serving fabulous food, find four of the Capital City's coolest venues and see what's going on at Harben House Hotel. With all the latest room hire deals, delegate discounts and new feature venues, it's time to grab the coffee and click to dive in!

September 2017

Opulence & panache

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The London Look!

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On the menu:

Food Fortnight


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Contents

Contents

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This month's top

picks

Leicester

Conferences

College Court

Conference Centre

& Hotel

Crowne Plaza

Solihull

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Crowne Plaza

Birmingham Nec

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This month's

Latest Offers

Holiday Inn

Newcastle

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Bet365

Stadium

Industry Interview:

with Pete Farrow of

Harben House Hotel

Findmeaconference

Using our services and

meet the corporate team

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British Food Fortnight

10 30 Euston Square - Searcy's

12 Chesford Grange

13 Hilton London Syon Park

14 Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel

15 De Vere Theobalds Estate

16 Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

17 Mandolay Hotel

18 Gleneagles Hotel

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The London Look!

24 Troxy

25 Bounce Old Street

25 The Magic Circle

26 Natural History Museum

Totally Wicked

Stadium

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This month's top picks

A selection of top meeting & conference venues

Thistle Hyde Park >>

Woodhall Manor >>

Hilton Blackpool >>

Thistle Holborn

The Kingsley >>

Manor by The Lake >>

Seckford Hall Hotel >>

Holiday Inn

London Sutton >>

Thistle City Barbican >>

Doubletree by Hilton

London Islington >>

View more >>

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Featured Venue

Leicester Conferences

Oadby, Leicestershire LE2 2LH

Day Rates from

£35

24hr Rates from

£115

Located two miles from the city

campus, Stamford Court is part of the

Oadby Conference Centre; a 40 acre

site with beautiful landscaped grounds,

a 16 acre botanic garden and a wide

range of rooms and suites, with the

Gilbert Murray Lecture Theatre the

largest space accommodating up

to 270 delegates. All meeting rooms

have free WiFi and AV equipment

as standard.

The executive head chef has carefully

crafted bespoke, award-winning

menus to suit a range of dietary

requirements and events, from gala

dinners to fuelling delegates with

finger food buffets.

Residential conferences with overnight

stays can be accommodated outside

of term time. There's ample free

parking and the property is easily

accessible by rail, road or air.

568 Spaces

On-site FREE

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant

& Catering

Bar

Lecture

Theatre

Gym

Indoor

Pool

Sporting

Activities

270 Max

Delegates

16 Function

Rooms

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Featured Venue

College Court Conference

Centre & Hotel

Leicester, Leicestershire LE2 3UF

Day Rates from

£35

24hr Rates from

£115

A superb mix of 36 stylish rooms, all

with natural daylight and excellently

equipped with LCD projectors and

screens, lecterns, flip charts, black-out

facilities and free WiFi. The Oak Suite

has the largest capacity, welcoming

up to 160 delegates for theatre-style

events.

College Court Conference Centre is

surrounded by established trees and

landscaped gardens, and meeting

facilities are grouped around an airy

break-out area. Close to the vibrant

City Centre, the Leicester venue offers

a tranquil and peaceful environment

for meetings, training days and

conferences.

The on-site meetings and events team

will assist with organisers' requirements,

from setting up audio-visual equipment

to working with the head chef on

customised menus to suit budgets

and dietary requirements.

525 Spaces

On-site FREE

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant Bar 160 Max 36 Function

Delegates Rooms

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Featured Venue

Crowne Plaza Solihull

Solihull, West Midlands B91 3QD

Day Rates from

£30

24hr Rates from

£135

Natural daylight fills many of the 12 flexible air-conditioned meeting rooms which have

complimentary WiFi and video conferencing facilities. The De Limesi suite is the largest

space, accommodating up to 200 delegates for theatre-style events or 150 guests for lunch.

A dedicated Meetings Director will help with organisers' requirements, from initial enquiry

through to successful event completion. Overlooking the hotel's lake, the Terrace Restaurant,

bar and lounge is an ideal space for unwinding and enjoying the 'fast and fresh' menu.

Located in the heart of Solihull, five miles from Birmingham and the NEC, this modern hotel

is convenient for meetings and conferences in the midlands.

164 Spaces

On-site

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant

& Catering

Bar Weddings Parties &

Dinners

Fitness

Centre & Gym

Indoor

Pool

Audio &

Visual

200 Max

Delegates

12 Function

Rooms

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Featured Venue

Crowne Plaza

Birmingham Nec

Birmingham, Warwickshire B40 1PS

Day Rates from

£35

24hr Rates from

£129

With an experienced team and a dedicated events

centre, Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC can host a

range of events, from boardroom meetings to lavish

banquets welcoming up to 220 guests.

A choice of 11 meeting and banqueting rooms are

available, many with natural daylight. All conference

rooms provide free high speed internet access,

projector, flip chart and markers. The largest suite

overlooks the terrace and lawn, which is ideal for

team-building events.

Delegates can enjoy a working lunch chosen from the

innovative 'Eat Well, Work Well' menu which has been

developed to provide energy and nutrients to keep

everyone focused or enjoy lunch in the hotel's

restaurant, Eleven.

Birmingham International Airport and Railway Station

is a short distance from the hotel.

200 Spaces

On-site

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant

& Catering

Bar Park & Fly Fitness Laundry 220 Max 11 Function

Centre Service Delegates Rooms

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Food

Fortnight

Held in the autumn, from 23 September to 8 October,

to coincide with harvest festivals, British Food Fortnight

is the biggest annual celebration of British

food and drink. Now in its 15th year, the event

encourages businesses and organisations from

across the UK to take part. Hospitals, Harrods,

St Pancras Station, Buckingham Palace, the

BBC and the National Trust are just a few of the

famous establishments that add their support.

To celebrate British Food Fortnight we're

previewing some of the best of British venues

serving fabulous food all year round.

Whether you're looking for the perfect place to

entertain clients, award-winning dishes to

delight delegates or an end of year glittering

reception to thank the team, our appetizers

definitely hit the spot!


30 Euston Square - Searcys

For a London date, the home of the Royal College of General Practitioners at 30 Euston

Square - Searcys impresses with award-winning meeting and event space. For a real

sense of occasion the Penthouse Staterooms and adjoining Rooftop Terrace are

perfect for daytime and evening events, from small conferences to summer parties

entertaining up to 230 guests for a reception or 160 for a seated dinner.

Need something a bit bigger? Embrace the modern facilities and advanced technology

available in the tiered 300 seat Auditorium. With white wash walls and lots of natural

daylight, the adjacent exhibition space makes an ideal networking or registration area

with plenty of opportunities for branding.

FROM THE KITCHEN

Behind every event at 30 Euston Square is renowned caterer, Searcys, world famous

for delivering cutting edge food and first class hospitality.

With a passion for quality and the ability to execute an event to the very

highest standard, executive chef Daniel Broughton and his brigade are committed to using

locally sourced, sustainable and seasonally produced ingredients.

With a talent of turning each dish into a gourmet experience, whether it’s a sandwich or buffet

lunch, informal bowl food or a bespoke five-course meal, it's food at its finest.


Chesford

Grange

A serving of historic charm with a side dish of

contemporary glamour awaits guests and

delegates to Chesford Grange on the outskirts

of Kenilworth and close to the beautiful town

of Leamington Spa.

With 13 conference and meetings rooms

available, it's state-of-the-art conferencing with

an efficient and experienced team delivering

board meetings, exhibitions, product launches

and team-building in the 17 acres of grounds.

FROM THE KITCHEN

The team of talented chefs devise interesting and refreshing menus to suit all tastes,

whether it's a simple steak or an exquisite piece of seared tuna.

The ethos for each and every dish is to create

something special to tantalise the taste buds

and where possible to source the freshest local produce. Chefs are happy to work with

organisers to create the perfect private dining experience, matching your taste and

theme to your budget!


Hilton London

Syon Park

Gosforth Park, The Madness of King George and

Poirot are just a few of the films which have been

shot at the stunning Syon Park Estate, the London

home of the Duke of Northumberland. Contrasting

the history and heritage of the estate but equally

elegant is the modern Hilton London Syon Park.

With the estate providing a dramatic backdrop for

meetings and events, the hotel offers a choice

of 11 stylish rooms, state-of-the-art plug and

play technology, Bose audio systems and

built in digital projectors.

Enjoy an elaborate champagne celebration in the

Grand Syon Ballroom for 500 guests or an intimate

meeting in either the Empire or the Astor room,

both flooded with natural daylight and with

great views over the grounds.

FROM THE KITCHEN

Whether it's business brunches, nutritious light bites

or innovative dishes prepared with the freshest

ingredients, the team lead by Marco Pierre White,

will create the perfect menu.

"I crave simplicity in both my lifestyle and food.

I will always choose simple traditional cooking

over fancy concoctions where you’re not quite

sure what the food is supposed to be.

Classic dishes, simply cooked

using the best, well-sourced,

seasonal ingredients, is the ethos

behind all of my Steakhouses. The menu is all

about traditional British dishes with classics that

will always stand the test of time. Happy dining!"

Marco.


Hanbury Manor Marriott

Hotel & Country Club

For a touch of stately home grandeur, this Jacobean style country house ticks all the boxes.

The richly panelled Library with its open fire place and large windows is an elegant space

for boardroom meetings and private dining for up to 20 guests.

FROM THE KITCHEN

It's award-winning dining lead by executive chef Marcus Gregs.

For authentic best of British dishes you'll need

to make a reservation for the Zodiac Restaurant.


De Vere Theobalds Estate

King Edward VII and Winston Churchill have been

wined and dined at this stunning estate. Full of

Georgian features, there's 29 meeting spaces,

including a unique tree house for smaller,

summer time meetings.

Detailed oak panelling, high ceilings and garden

views make The Boardroom a fine choice for an

intimate dining experience for 20 guests or pick

The Lambton and throw open the French doors

which lead out to the Italian gardens.

If you want a light and modern space, the stylish

barn conversion with its pretty courtyard is ideal

for breakout drinks and dining.

FROM THE KITCHEN

It's a modern British menu featuring classic

dishes including roasted pork belly and

black pudding, steak and ale suet pudding

and regional, artisan cheese boards. You will

also need to raise a glass in the

Temple Bar! Named after the fine stone

arch which stood in the hotel's grounds from

1887 to 2003, and designed by Christopher Wren,

the arch has been returned to London and is now

the entrance to Paternoster Square, opposite St

Paul's Cathedral.


Dalmahoy Hotel

& Country Club

A former baronial manor house, Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club is surrounded by 1,000 acres of

parkland with stunning views, including Edinburgh Castle on a clear day! It's an impressive venue for

private dinners, meetings and social gatherings for up to 300 guests and offers a choice of 11 suites

and rooms.

For private dining pick the Dalrymple or Lothian Room. Located in the original house, period features,

chandeliers, high ceilings and huge windows create an impressive backdrop for superb hospitality.

FROM THE KITCHEN

Executive Chef Rob Newman leads his team in delivering deli lunches, high teas, Scottish themed

menus, summer BBQs, hot and cold delegate lunches and private dining options. Seasonal and

locally sourced ingredients, including herbs from the hotel's garden and

honey from their own beehives definitely keeps it local!

Slow cooked guinea fowl, pan seared cod and oven roast lamb rump are just a few

of the delicious dishes diners can enjoy.


Mandolay

Hotel

For award-winning, boutique styling,

the independent Mandolay Hotel in

Guildford offers eight purpose built

meeting and event spaces. Modern,

flexible, sound-proofed and with first

class AV facilities, the eight purpose built

rooms are perfect for parties for up to

250 guests and receptions for 800.

For smaller scale events, the Oak Room,

with lots of natural daylight, is ideal

for boardroom meetings for up to

24 delegates.

Comfortable bars and lounges offer

everything from an all day coffee shop

style service to a stunning range of wines

and spirits including individual Gin,

Vodka and Cocktail Menus.

FROM THE KITCHEN

"The award of 3 AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence is of course a source of great pride to

myself and my entire team. We have worked hard to build our reputation by using locally

sourced and responsibly farmed food.

Our menu is driven by the seasons, we appreciate the difference

between creativity and fussiness, keeping to the simple but strict rule of always

allowing the food to be the star…"

Simon Roberts, Head Chef.


Gleneagles Hotel

Our British Food Fortnight menu finishes at

the legendary Gleneagles in Perthshire. The

magnificent palace styled country house hotel is

set in gentle rolling hills with three championship

golf courses and extensive outdoor pursuits

including shooting, fishing, falconry, off-road

driving and horse riding.

If it's opulence and panache you're after,

Gleneagles brings an impressive sense of occasion

to a range of events. The historic estate has hosted

the G8 summit of world leaders and can cater for

everything from an intimate strategy meeting to

a conference for over 800 delegates.

Overlooking the stunning landscape, there's

a range of luxurious and versatile spaces.

The Blue Bar, right on the 18th hole of the King's

and Queen's golf courses, is a decadent al fresco

setting with heated sofas, luxurious throws,

a large circular fire pit and a wide selection of

Cuban cigars.

The bar is a stylish showcase for the velvety

smooth Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky.

Order a bottle and then leave it behind the bar,

nicely labelled with your name so it waits for

your next visit!


If you want a laid-back atmosphere with a roaring

log fire and antler motif chandeliers, the cosy,

wood-clad Shooting Lodge hits the spot for indoor

dining for 30 or an outdoor BBQ for up to

200 delegates.

Dine amongst the treasures, artefacts and archive

material from the hotel's history with a private

dining experience in The Cellars.

With the original railway bays where wine

from across Europe was once delivered, it's

an atmospheric room ideal for wine and spirit

tastings, intimate dinners, cocktail parties and

canapé receptions.

Chefs will customise a menu to fit the occasion

and the Sommelier will introduce you to some of

the cellar's hidden gems before choosing a vintage

wine expertly paired with your meal.


FROM THE KITCHEN

He might have his cooking roots in classic

French but Andrew Fairlie is one of Britain's

most celebrated chefs and his exquisite

restaurant is the perfect setting to experience

his a la carte or tasting menu. Both will

live long in the memory.

The two Michelin-starred chef's signature dish

is smoked lobster served with warm lime

and herb butter.

Sourced from Scrabster on the northern tip

of Scotland, the shell is smoked over oak shavings

from Islay whisky casks for five hours before the

lobster meat is returned to the shell for a light

roasting. The smokiness combined with the

zesty butter sauce is a perfect pairing.

Open six nights a week you will need to make a

reservation for the Andrew Fairlie Restaurant but

once your meeting or event is over, is there

a better way to complete your day?


Delegate Discounts & Deals

Latest Offers

Billesley Manor Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Autumn Offers

Host a meeting before the end of

November 2017 to benefit from these

great offers.

FULL DETAILS

Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow

Hayes, Middlesex

Discounted Day Rates until the end of 2017

Rates from £45 per delegate (usually £55).

Christmas packages also available.

FULL DETAILS

Best Western Grosvenor Hotel

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Pick 'n' Mix Conference Offer

Upgrade your package, choose two

additional items to add to the meetings.

FULL DETAILS

MORE OFFERS

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Delegate Discounts & Deals

Latest Offers

Kilworth House Hotel

Lutterworth, Leicestershire

Early Booking Offer for October 2017

New bookings only. Day rates from

£36 per delegate (usually £42) and

24 hour rates from £139 per delegate

(usually £168).

FULL DETAILS

Ends Soon

Mercure Burton upon Trent

Newton Park

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Discounted Day Delegate package

15% off bookings held before the end of

September 2017. Rates from £33.15

per delegate (usually £39).

FULL DETAILS

De Vere Cranage Estate

Homes Chapel, Cheshire

2018 - Early Bird Offer

Rates start from £25 per delegate (usually

£40) for events booked before the end of

November 2017 and held before the end

of April 2017.

FULL DETAILS

MORE OFFERS

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Featured Venue

Holiday Inn Newcastle

upon Tyne - Gosforth Park

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE13 6BP

Day Rates from

£25

24hr Rates from

£99

Sitting in a peaceful location, close

to the junction of the A1 and A19

and less than 15 minutes drive from

Newcastle International Airport,

this hotel is also convenient for

Nelson Industrial Estate, Apex

Business Village, and both Quorum

and Cobalt Business Parks.

There's a choice of 11 meeting rooms,

the largest accommodating up to

400 delegates.

Complimentary WiFi and technical

support, free parking for up to 250

vehicles and with sprawling grounds,

team-building activities are also an

option.

Private dining and extensive hot or

cold buffets are available.

250 Spaces

On-site FREE

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant

& Catering

Bar Weddings Parties & Gym & Indoor 400 Max 11 Function

Dinners Spa Pool Delegates Rooms

Choose FREE

additional extras

with your Day &

24hr packages

More details >>

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The London Look!

Want to add some quirkiness to your

next Capital City event? Here's four

London venues ready to rock your guests

and delegates!

Troxy

Air-conditioned, with a state-of-the-art PA and lighting system,

Troxy can be hired for award ceremonies, conferences, live music

events, film screenings, indoor sports and parties.

The Grand Hall is the main large space and is split into two

pillar free levels. The ground floor offers 1070m2 of flexible

floor space with the circle area adding an additional 861

tiered fixed seating, and the White Room and Conference

Room creating great breakout areas. A production room,

dressing rooms, five bars, a large cloakroom, a 2am

bar licence and an excellent, fully equipped kitchen

complete the cinematic picture!

Don’t just think huge parties for nearly 2000

guests though! Troxy will set the scene for a

memorable sit-down dinner for up to 1000

guests and smaller presentations and

meetings for up to 40 delegates.

Originally a grand cinema opening in the1930s and

oozing art deco sophistication, the halcyon days of

Troxy saw evening dress as the staff uniform and stars

of film and pop attending screenings.

Today, the Grade II listed building beautifully combines

modern day facilities with historic charm, setting new trends

with events such as the word-famous Secret Cinema,

Channel 4's televised Brexit debate and the NME awards.

It also gained further music industry awareness when Take That

band mates presented Robbie with a BRIT Icon Award in front of

2.35 million TV viewers. Google's Christmas party and Ted Baker's

AW14 Fashion Show keep the trend of popularity going for this

East London venue which has picked up several of its own awards;

Venue of the Year (2013), Bronze in the Unusual Venue category at the M&IT Awards, Best Venue Team (2014),

Best Venue finalist (2015) and awarded the Mark of Excellence in the

London Venue Awards (2016).

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The London Look!

Staying in the East End,

Bounce Shoreditch puts

the topspin into a meeting

with award-winning design

specifically for conferencing

and adds on an all-inclusive

social experience!

Take a stunning bar, a high

quality restaurant and high energy

entertainment and you've got Bounce!

Home to ping pong, the table tennis

loving venue gives you a games guru

to get even the shyest delegate on

their toes, back spinning, blocking

and chopping, regardless of ability!

It's a game changer! And the meeting

facilities are pretty fabulous too; hosting

meetings for up to 150 delegates in the main

space or a board room meeting for 28, there's

a 10ft wide cinematic screen, HD projector

and super sound system, break out areas for

brainstorming and syndicate sessions and

then there's the Play Room!

Exclusive. Luxurious. It's a private room with a

cocktail bar and your own bartender, three bespoke

Butterfly Ping Pong tables, your own ball collector,

UV Ping Pong, plug and play iPod and DJ connection

and a photo pod! Suitable for up to 100 delegates, the

Play Room is available day or night and is guaranteed

to impress.

For intrigue and mystery

it doesn't get any more

mesmerising than a meeting

at The Magic Circle! Houdini's

famous water chamber and

Tommy Cooper's fez are a couple

of the props conjuring up an historic

backdrop for events in the Devant

Room or the Clubroom, where world

renowned magicians meet to exchange

their secrets!

A modern theatre seating up to 162 delegates

is available or play your cards right and use

the Museum for a reception for 30 guests! It's a

treasure trove of items from the golden era of the

music hall and with the aid of an expert guide,

guests will be entertained with tales from this

bygone period.

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The London Look!

Natural History

Museum

From one iconic institution to a world class

research centre housing collections dating

back billions of years. With magnificent

architecture and 80 million specimens,

the Natural History Museum provides

a variety of spaces for corporate

events, including out of hours

private viewings.

Receptions for up to 400 or a

dinner for 200 guests takes centre

stage in the Earth Hall where you'll

share the space with specimens

of moon rock, precious metals,

fluorescent minerals and at six metres

long, the most intact Stegosaurus!

Add on one of the museum's scientists

to deliver an earth inspiring after dinner

speech and it's an event to live on in

peoples' memories for a long time!

For theatre style presentations the

purpose-built Flett Events Theatre welcomes

up to 200 delegates. Entry is via a private foyer,

perfect for registration and refreshments, with

nearby galleries and exhibits available for

delegates to discover during their breaks.

The venue has won many awards for its

environmentally friendly practices and with the care

and support of the superb events team, a day or a

night at the museum is a winner with everyone!

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Featured Venue

Totally Wicked Stadium

St Helens, Merseyside WA9 3AL

Day Rates from

£25

Opened in 2012 and home to the town's world famous Rugby League team, St Helens R.F.C, the Totally

Wicked Stadium offers unique and versatile meeting and event space for up to 500 delegates. Four rooms

are available, with additional second floor corporate boxes for smaller meetings and break-out space.

The ground floor Sponsors Lounge can host a reception for up to 500 guests or theatre-style events for

400 delegates. Alternatively the space can be split for a smaller capacity suitable for 100 delegates.

Technical support is available with an AV production team and a dedicated event organiser on-site,

with the in-house catering team creating the perfect menu for corporate events. Free WiFi and office

support is available and there's ample free parking for up to 500 vehicles.

500 Spaces

On-site FREE

FREE

WiFi

Catering Bar Weddings Parties &

Dinners

Audio

& Visual

Technical

Support

500 Max

Delegates

6 Function

Rooms

Christmas & New Year at

Totally Wicked Stadium

More details >>

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Featured Venue

Bet365 Stadium

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 4EG

Day Rates from

£33

24hr Rates from

£99

This premier league football stadium

delivers tailor made packages for

corporate events, conferences, banquets

and celebrations. The Tony Waddington

Suite is the largest space, with pitch side

views it accommodates 350 guests for

a gala dinner dance and up to 400

delegates for theatre-style meetings.

For smaller meetings and presentations,

the Gordon Banks Suite is perfect for up

to 32 delegates. Named after Stoke City

legend, Club President and one of the

world's greatest goalkeepers, the light

and spacious suite has natural daylight,

air-conditioning and complimentary WiFi.

For large scale events, the car park can

hold a marquee up to 800 square meters

and working in partnership with the

Lindley Group, corporate catering for

up to 1000 guests is available.

2000 Spaces

On-site FREE

FREE

WiFi

Catering Bar Parties & Football 1000 Max

Dinners Stadium Delegates

9 Function

Rooms

Christmas at

Bet 365 Stadium

More details >>

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Industry Interview

Industry Interview

Peter Farrow, General Manager at

Harben House Hotel, talks snow

in summer, multi-million pound

refurbishments and future goals for

his Buckinghamshire venue which

caters for up to 120 delegates.

What's a typical day or week like

at Harben House?

That’s the great thing about hotels

and working with the public. No day

or week is ever the same. At the

moment, the Harben House is

undergoing a £3 million refurbishment

program so I'm spending most of

my time overseeing and planning for

completion along with looking after

our current guests and ensuring

they're happy. We're also busy with

new menu designs and the service

standards programs.

What attracted you to the leisure

industry?

I was initially attracted by the variety

that the leisure and hospitality industry

offers. It gives you the opportunity to

cross over within departments, work

your way up and travel all over the

country and the world. I have worked

in hotels all of my life, and what I really

enjoy, is not only the variation, but the

passion and commitment to putting

people first, whether that’s the guests

or the team. It offers THE BEST

motivation and job satisfaction!

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Industry Interview

Industry Interview

With Peter Farrow, General Manager

at Harben House Hotel

Are there any events you've held that

stand out?

We host a large number of events at

Harben House Hotel, from conferences

and meetings to celebrations and

weddings.

Over the years I have helped host many

events at various venues and there have

been quite a few memorable ones but

the one that sticks in my mind the most,

was a private Christmas Dinner

celebration in July!

We decorated the room, had crackers

and served a full turkey dinner with all

the trimmings! It may have been 30

degrees outside but we had fake snow

indoors! It was everything the guests

wanted, which was of course, was the

main thing. Overall a great success!

What areas are included in

the refurbishment and what

improvements are being made?

It's a fantastic time for the hotel,

staff and guests. All of the bedrooms

and the reception area are being

refurbished. We're creating a brand

new bar and restaurant concept,

which will offer new spaces to dine

and relax in and a great menu to

go with the new look.

We're are also working on the

refurbishment plans for our meeting

and event spaces, which will bring

modern, state-of-the-art facilities

to the hotel.

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What's your favourite area?

Once finished, it will be the bar

and restaurant. The décor looks

fantastic and it’s going to be

very impressive!

With the exciting new menu and

drinks, it's a great improvement

for the hotel and with our excellent

team taking care of guests, I'm

sure everyone is going to really

enjoy the experience.

When is it all due to finish?

The bar and restaurant will be

completed this September and

the bedrooms will be finished

mid-October, so not long now!

It will be very exciting for our winter

and festive season guests, who

will be experiencing a gorgeous,

refurbished hotel.

What's next?

Once the refurbishment is complete

then it will be all about growing the

business and creating awareness

for our new facilities. It will also be

about training our team, improving

service standards and making sure

we are delivering to our guests and

exceeding expectations.

Bookings and feedback from our

guests will help us to understand

if we are getting this right and

achieving our goals and 2018

will be the big year for us.

What do you love doing when

you're not working?

I love travelling, experiencing new

places and searching out new dining

concepts. Travel, food and drink are

my passions!

And finally, what achievement are

you most proud of?

The one that sticks out for me

was gaining 4 stars and 2 rosettes

from the AA within three months of

opening Needham House last year.

It's a lovely hotel just outside Hitchin

and operated by the Countrywide

Hotel group, the same operators

as Harben House.

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