Infotel Magazine - Edition 21 - October 2017

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With legends and late night whispers, our haunted hotel section may keep you awake with ghosts and ghouls looking for guest room company! However, a silent night in a serviced apartment brings space, comfort and affordability and if you're looking for a deal, we have some outstanding October offers from UK hotels, B&Bs and inns! Read Now >> http;//www.infotel.co.uk/magazine

2017 Edition 21

HAUNTED HOTELS:

FOR LEgends & late night whispers

Birmingham

High on the agenda for

business & leisure

Discover space & comfort in

Serviced

Apartments


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CONTENTS

Chef’s Corner

Inside Cover: Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Haunted HOTELS

Things that

go bump in

the night!

12

14

A Postcard from

Birmingham

16

Serviced

Apartments

24

4 9

The Guest Book

Osborne House

Hotel

20

Mercure Leicester

The Grand Hotel

5 10

Dates for the Diary

Infotel Business

21

Bell at Boxford

6 12

Gainsborough

House Hotel

Haunted Hotels

22

Infotel Special

Offers

7 14

Kenilworth Hotel

Chef’s Corner

24

Serviced

Apartments

8 16 32

Granary Hotel &

Conference Centre

A Postcard from

Birmingham

Upham Group

3


Partner properties ready to welcome you

The Guest Book

Maypole at Wellow

Nottinghamshire

Countryman Inn

Dorset

Moxy Aberdeen Airport

Aberdeenshire

Covenanters Inn

Inverness-shire

The Dabbling Duck

Norfolk

Macy’s Hotel

London

Moxy London Excel

London

Brackenborough Hotel

Lincolnshire

Kings Arms Brentford

Greater London

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DATES FOR THE DIARY

What’s On?

OCTOBER 2017

Hertford Food

& Drink Festival

6 - 8 October

Hertford >>

Who?

Cheltenham Literature Festival

6 - 15 October

Cheltenham >>

Tiny Rebel Newport

Food & Drink Festival

7 October

Newport, Wales >>

Birmingham Comedy

Festival 6 - 15 October

Birmingham >>

Robin Hood

Beer & Cider

Festival 2017

11 - 14 October

Nottingham >>

Where?

When?

Lincoln Sausage

Festival

14 October

Lincoln >>

Melton Mowbray Food

Festival 7 & 8 October

Melton Mowbray >>

Halifax Comedy Festival

20 - 28 October

Halifax >>

Juice Festival

20 - 28 October

Newcastle >>

Harry Potter: A History

of Magic at the British

Library from 20 October

London >>

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Gainsborough House Hotel

Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY11 6BS

From

£74

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

The Gainsborough House Hotel is a listed Georgian house situated in the

beautiful county of Worcestershire. Contemporary and luxurious guestrooms

with air-conditioning and complimentary WiFi, Freeview TV, toiletries and tea

and coffee making facilities are available in a range of rooms including family,

queen and a four-poster feature suite.

Continental and full English breakfast is served in the restaurant, which is

also open from 6.30pm - 9.30pm Monday to Saturday for an evening dining

experience serving local and seasonal produce. Unwind in the bar and lounge

with its period fireplace, natural features and a twist of Tuscan styling!

“Excellent rooms, quality

service, very cheerful and

helpful staff. Good food.

Recommend.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

130 Spaces

On-site

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant Bar Weddings CCTV & 24hr Check In Check Out

Reception 2.00pm 11.00am

6


Kenilworth Hotel

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear NE2 2AL

From

£48

£60

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

Conveniently located less than a

mile from Newcastle City Centre,

15 minutes from St. James’ Park and

a short metro ride from the historic

and vibrant Quayside, the family

run, friendly Kenilworth Hotel offers

comfortable, modern bedrooms

and good food.

All guestrooms have tea and coffee

making facilities, Freeview TV and

DVD players and free WiFi. Breakfast

is served in the restaurant with the

Ru Bar available for evening drinks

and a grill menu of gourmet burgers,

snacks and main meals.

There is a private, free car park at the

back of the hotel. Cafe culture and

al fresco dining in the surrounding

area is popular.

11 Spaces

On-site

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant

& Catering

Bar

Wedding

Receptions

Luggage

Storage

CCTV & 24hr

Reception

Check In

1.00pm

Check Out

10.30am

“Check-in was smooth and friendly

and our room was large and clean.”

Taken from a Trip Advisor review.

7


Granary Hotel & Conference Centre

Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 3BU

From

£90

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

Rustic charm meets contemporary comfort in this independent country hotel

on the Fawsley Estate in Northamptonshire. Twin, double and family rooms

are individually styled, beautifully appointed and full of character. A DVD player,

flat screen TV, WiFi and a tea and coffee maker are included.

The Granary’s Tea Room and Restaurant offers traditional and delicious dishes,

including a tempting three tier afternoon tea! Artisan and local produce forms

the foundation of the menu and service is warm and friendly.

“The staff were very friendly

and the food was excellent.

Our room was large, clean and

had lots of storage space.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

50 Spaces

On-site

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant

& Catering

Bar

Weddings

Parties

Check In

2.00pm

Check Out

11.00am

8


Osborne House Hotel

Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 4BP

“The biggest selling point was the staff who were quick

to provide local knowledge, helpful advice and share

more than a bit of banter with our party!”

Taken from a Trip Advisor review.

In the heart of Blackpool and

convenient for the Winter Gardens,

Grand Theatre and Blackpool

Tower, the recently refurbished

Osborne House Hotel has a total

of 21 guest rooms with 14 offering

en-suite facilities.

Free WiFi, Freeview TV and a

hospitality tray are available in each

room and there is also allocated

free parking on a limited basis.

A tasty full English breakfast starts

the day with evening meals available

via prior arrangement. The modern

bar area is stocked with a good

selection of wines, spirits, draught

beers and soft drinks and also serves

bar snacks if guests are peckish.

From

£35

5 Spaces

On-site

FREE

WiFi

Catering Bar Tea & Coffee Games Check In Check Out

Facilities Room 2.00pm 12.00am

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Where will your work

take you this month?

ABERDEEN

317 properties

LIVERPOOL

334 properties

GLASGOW

438 properties

PETERBOROUGH

422 properties

TELFORD

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COLCHESTER

267 properties

PLYMOUTH

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WORTHING

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The best rooms at the best rates, sourced

by the best accommodation specialists.

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Things that go bump

in the night!

Trick or treat, an eerie encounter or ghostly goings on!

Halloween is coming and only the bravest dare

to spend 31 October in one of these haunted hotels!

Will you bump into

the murdered village

teenager and her

killer?

West Country Inn

Bideford

The marching of

long-dead Roman

soldiers can be

heard through

the floorboards!

George & Dragon Chester

The ghost of a

small boy, a hooded

monk and a former

chambermaid could be

keeping you company!

Brook Red Lion Hotel Colchester

Room number four

for a reflective lady!

If you’re in the bar and

you think someone

is watching you,

they probably are!

Edenhall Country Hotel

Penrith

Victorian maids,

monks and mysterious

entities are regularly

spotted at this Tudor

manor house!

Mercure Telford Madeley

Court Hotel Telford

The spirit of highway

man Claude Du Vall

frequents room number

3 but you can see him

and hear his horse

elsewhere in the hotel!

Holt Hotel Steeple Aston


Lanterns, legends and late night shadows set the

spooky scene for a walk where the wicked and

the whispers are recounted!

Stratford Town

Ghost Walk

The Canterbury

Ghost Tour

Accurate and authentic

exploration of folklore,

legends and dreams!

Combine with a

night in the Feathers

Hotel for a spine

tingling stay.

Murder and misery

with ghosts and

witches which will

leave you scared to

go home alone!

Sleep with ghosts

and see floating

objects when you

spend the night at

Ettington Park Hotel.

History, humour

and hauntings with

award-winning ghost

hunter John Hippisley.

Four spirits, including

a jilted bride, await

guests at The Old Gate.

Experience the Whitby Ghost Walk

for shipwrecks, sailors, superstitions

and the supernatural who scream

for attention!

Choose a Yorkshire stop over.

Only the bravest take the Lincoln

Prison Ghost Hunt!

Fear factor reigns with time

in the Punishment Cell!

Stay here if you dare!


Nothing says

Halloween

more than

pumpkins and

squashes and

following a

bumper crop

of butternut

squash from

our vegetable

garden at

Infotel Solutions

Ltd, we went

on the search

for an easy and

delicious dish

to make the

most of this

flavoursome

autumnal

favourite.

Bestselling author of seven

cookbooks, food stylist,

cook and TV presenter

Jo Pratt answered our plea

and shared a recipe from

her new book The Flexible

Vegetarian.

She told us:

“This is a regular in my

house and I’ll often make

double the amount of

curry paste and keep it in

a jar in the fridge for future

quick-prep suppers. The

squash, red pepper and

courgette provide fabulous

colour, and the added split

red lentils result in a thick

sauce that’s nutritionally

balanced.”

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Next time you’re at Heathrow Airport

Terminal 2, visit The Gorgeous Kitchen;

a collaboration between Jo and renowned

British chefs Sophie Michell, Gee Charman

and Caroline Mili Artiss. A menu of lighter

dishes as well as traditional British fare

created using fresh, seasonal produce gets

a traveller’s journey off to the best start!

For more of Jo’s recipes visit her website

Click here >>


Chef’s Corner

Malaysian squash

and courgette rendang

with red lentils

Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the spice paste

Olive oil

8–10 cardamom pods, crushed

1 cinnamon stick

½ tsp whole cloves

3 kaffir lime leaves, torn into quarters

1 butternut squash, peeled and cut

into 3-4cm/1¼-1½ inch chunks

1 red (bell) pepper, deseeded and cut

into 2-3cm/ ¾-1¼ inch chunks

Method

150g/7 oz red split lentils

400ml/14 fl oz tin coconut milk

400ml/14 fl oz/1 2 ⁄ 3 cups vegetable stock

Handful coconut flakes

1 tbsp agave or maple syrup

2 medium courgettes (zucchini), cut

into 2-3cm/ ¾-1¼ inch chunks

Flaked sea salt

Lime wedges, to serve

4 shallots, peeled and roughly chopped

4 cloves garlic, peeled

1 stalk lemongrass, roughly chopped

2½cm/1 inch piece ginger, peeled and

roughly chopped

2½cm/1 inch piece galangal, peeled

and roughly chopped

1 tsp turmeric

2 long red chillies, roughly chopped

1 tbsp tamarind paste

1 tbsp sunflower or groundnut oil

1 tsp flaked sea salt

To make the spice paste, put all the ingredients into a small

food processor or blender and blitz to form a smooth paste.

Set aside or keep covered in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan. Add the paste and

fry for a minute or so. Add the cardamom pods, cinnamon

stick, cloves and lime leaves. Fry for a further minute, then

add the butternut squash, red pepper and lentils. Stir

around to coat in the paste, then pour in the coconut milk

and stock. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook

for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a small dry frying pan over a medium

heat. Add the coconut flakes and agave/maple syrup,

and toss around in the pan until golden and crisp.

Remove from the heat.

Stir the courgette into the curry. Return to a simmer and

continue to cook, with the lid off, for a further 10 minutes.

Season with salt to taste. Serve the curry in bowls and

scatter over the coconut. Serve with lime to squeeze over.

Flexible

The spice paste can be used in the same way to make a

chicken rendang. Swap the squash, lentils and courgette

for 4 large chicken breasts (cut into chunks) and cook.

You won’t need to use the vegetable stock as this is only

needed when using lentils. Reduce the simmering time to

just 10 minutes in total, rather than 20 minutes. If you fancy

adding a vegetable such as baby corn or green

beans, then add them when the chicken

is half cooked.

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Photo by Parrot of Doom CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Birmingham

A Postcard from

In medieval times Birmingham

was a medium sized market town

which came to world prominence

with the Industrial Revolution.

Today, it’s the UK’s most populated

and largest city after London.

Home to the world-famous City of

Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,

the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the iconic

Library of Birmingham and the Barber

Institute of Fine Arts, six universities,

a rich sporting heritage and a thriving

jewellery industry, Birmingham is high

on the agenda for both business and

leisure visitors.


If you’re after diamonds and gold, The Jewellery

Quarter, which produces 40% of the UK’s jewellery,

has enough diamond rings and tokens of love to

rival Hatton Garden!

Photo by Mauro Cateb CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

With specialist crafts people and workshops,

you’re in the right place for commissioning a

unique piece or buying over the counter at a

very reasonable price. There’s also a thriving art

scene with galleries, fashion specialists, weddings

shops, bars and restaurants. If you fancy your food

served with live music, Jools Holland’s legendary

Jam House offers a fun and fabulous experience.

Located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter,

the three storey Georgian building creates an

intimate atmosphere for live music with an

‘unplugged’ feel and simple theatrical lighting

focussing on the artist. A menu to suit all

occasions, from canapés and bowl food to

formal dining is also available. With an over

21s policy and a dress code creating a relaxed,

sophisticated atmosphere, it’s an impressive

night out for entertaining business clients,

company celebrations, a family get together

or a friends gathering.

Photo by Tony Hisgett CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Birmingham is bursting with iconic landmark

buildings and with the City’s industry as the

inspiration, award-winning London Gherkin

architect Ken Shuttleworth created a jewelled

vision with The Cube. The exterior of the 25 floor

multi-use building depicts the heavy industry of

the City (car plants and metal plate works) while

the interior reflects the jewellery side and is

complemented with bronze sculptures by

renowned local street artist, Temper.

Head to the very top and you’re spoilt with not

just city rooftop views but a choice of six restaurants

and bars, all offering something distinctly different;

a champagne afternoon tea, an exclusive whisky

bar, crowd pleasing Italian dishes, Brazilian style

grilled meats, noodles and sushi.

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Photo by Wehwalt CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

For industrial heritage, inspiration and invention it probably doesn’t get more impressive than Soho House!

Imagine belonging to a dinner club, debating ideas, inventions and information to change the world with

fellow diners Josiah Wedgewood, Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles) and clockmaker and scientist

John Whitehurst. Soho House was home to the host of these dinner dates, industrialist and entrepreneur

Matthew Boulton.

Today the house is a hidden gem of a museum beautifully capturing the bygone era with fashions and tastes

from the late Georgian period and products from Boulton’s factory, where with James Watt, he developed

the steam engine.

With a choice of theatres and arenas, live

entertainment is never a struggle. Head to the

Hippodrome, home to the Birmingham Royal

Ballet, big musical touring productions, opera

and pantomime.

The former home of the D’oyly Carte Opera

Company, the New Alexandra Theatre has a

programme of large scale productions such as

Oliver! and Les Miserables while Birmingham

Rep is the country’s longest established

building-based theatre company which has a

focus on new writings, with many of the Rep’s

productions going on to tour nationally and

internationally. For music, comedy, sports and

live performance, Arena Birmingham and the

Genting Arena deliver a great night out.


Attracting visitors from all over the world,

Bullring Birmingham offers a combination of

shopping experiences. Bull Ring Indoor Market

is one of the UK’s largest fish markets, also selling

poultry and meat, exotic fruit and veg and

household goods.

The world famous Bull Ring Rag Market is

for fashion and fabrics with the Open Market

providing more fruit, veg and seasonal produce.

For an award-winning shopping experience

Selfridges is your destination. Housed in the

dramatic landmark building most people instantly

identify with the city, the store has won numerous

awards for architecture and as a shopping

destination. Designed by Future Systems, the

outside of the building is based on a Paco Rabanne

sequinned dress with 15,000 shiny discs cladding

the building, which cost £60 million and covers

an area of 25,000 square meters.

Whether business or leisure, you’ll never be lost for somewhere

to go or something to do in Britain’s second largest city.

Hotel Ibis Styles

Birmingham Centre

Find your Birmingham break here >>

Cobden Hotel Birmingham

Radisson Blu Hotel

Birmingham

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel

Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 6ES

From

£75

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

This grand Victorian hotel is just a

half mile from Highcross Leicester

Shopping Centre and the famous

Asian restaurants of London Road.

It’s very close for De Montfort

University and the Cultural Quarter,

which is only a two minute walk.

All en-suite rooms offer flat screen

TV with on demand movies, free

WiFi, toiletries and a hospitality tray.

On-site parking is also available.

The impressive building, which

retains many original features,

including a grand, sweeping

staircase and ornate chandeliers,

has a Marco’s New York Italian

Restaurant and the lounge bar

serves light meals and coffees.

120 Spaces

On-site

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant Bar Wedding Private 24hr Check In

Receptions Parties Reception 2.00pm

Check Out

12.00pm

“Comfortable beds, nice

bar and great character but

the thing that really makes

this place is the staff.”

Taken from a Trip Advisor review.

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Bell at Boxford

Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8DD

“Olde worldly, good food, good service,

great pizza, a bar with atmosphere.”

Taken from a recent Trip Advisor review.

Close to Reading and Swindon and just four miles from Newbury, the Bell

at Boxford offers traditionally styled en-suite rooms with flat screen TV, DVD player,

hospitality tray and ironing facilities plus award-winning food, complimentary

WiFi and free on-site parking.

A bar and bistro style menu makes the most of seasonal, local produce, serving

seafood, pizzas and traditional British dishes. An a la carte menu is also available,

as well as a good wine list and real ales.

From

£60

£80

01775 843413

Lines Lines open open Monday to to Friday, 9.00am - - 5.30pm

Sunday Special Offer

More Details >>

35 Spaces

On-site

FREE

WiFi

Restaurant

& Catering

Bar

Wedding

Receptions

Private

Parties

Pool

Tables

Check In

1.00pm

Check Out

10.30am

Monday Night Special Offer

More Details >>

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Special Offers

Village Hotel

Birmingham Walsall

West Midlands

Up to £25 off

Skelwith Bridge

Hotel Cumbria

Christmas in Cumbria

Langstone Cliff Hotel

Devon

Two night stay B&B, afternoon

tea & drink plus an evening meal

VIEW DETAILS VIEW DETAILS VIEW DETAILS

Innkeepers Lodge

Birmingham-Nec,

Meriden Warwickshire

Save up to £25 per night

VIEW DETAILS

Headingley Lodge

Hotel

Yorkshire

Discounted breaks

VIEW DETAILS

Deans Place Hotel

East Sussex

Four packages available until

the end of 2017

VIEW DETAILS

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01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

ENQUIRE


Special Offers

Audleys Wood Hotel

Hampshire

Three nights for the price

of two

Rhinefield House

Hotel Hampshire

Three nights for the price

of two

Barnett Hill

Surrey

Festive getaway package

VIEW DETAILS VIEW DETAILS VIEW DETAILS

Bell at Boxford

Berkshire

Sunday & Monday night

special offers

VIEW DETAILS

Royal Ettrick Hotel

Midlothian

Save up to £80

VIEW DETAILS

Innkeepers Lodge

Basingstoke - The

Beach Arms Hampshire

Book early & save

VIEW DETAILS

01775 843413

Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

ENQUIRE

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Serviced

Apartments

Cost effective, comfortable and with everything you need to create that

home from home environment, serviced apartments are fabulous when

you’re looking for a place to stay, not just sleep.

Fully equipped kitchens, living rooms and with generally more space than a

hotel room, serviced apartments combine the best of hotel service (laundry,

cleaning, security, concierge) with the freedom and relaxation of home,

and they’re not just for long-term stays either. Working weeks in the city

or weekend leisure stays are perfectly at home in a serviced apartment.

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Waterside Serviced

Rooms, Cottages

& Apartments

Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4NF

Oxford

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Lincoln Self Catering

Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN1 1QF

Lincoln

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Liverpool

The Block Liverpool

Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4FP

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Manchester

Apg Aparthotel

Manchester, Gtr Manchester M5 4SU

Approved Serviced

Apartments

Manchester, Gtr Manchester M1 5BY

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Citysuites

Manchester, Gtr Manchester M3 7NF

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Cardiff

A Space in the City

- Serviced Apartments

Century Wharf, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 5NZ

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A Space in the City

- Serviced Apartments

Quayside, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 5BN

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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Running Horse Inn

Hampshire

Specialising in pubs and inns with

character and charm, the Upham Group

offers a collection of predominantly

countryside locations in the

South of England.

Relaxing and welcoming with fabulous

food and service, there’s a choice

of 13 pubs and inns providing

modern accommodation.

Station House

Surrey

The Hawk Inn

Hampshire

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White Hart Hotel

Hampshire

The Navigator

Hampshire

Peat Spade Inn

Hampshire

George Inn

Wiltshire

01775 843413 Lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm

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