Bristol's Berwick Lodge to unveil new restaurant in October

18 September 2014 by
Bristol's Berwick Lodge to unveil new restaurant in October

Berwick Lodge hotel in Bristol is set to unveil its new restaurant, Hattusa, led by 2013 Roux Scholar Paul O'Neill (pictured), next month.

The new restaurant is set to offer a fusion of western and eastern cultures and flavours, and is inspired by the hotel's owners Fevzi and Sarah Arikan.

Turkish-born Fevzi, who has a passion for ancient civilisations, chose the name for the new restaurant, after the capital of the Hittite empire in the late Bronze Age.

O'Neill, who won the Roux Scholarship during its 30th anniversary year, when it was televised on the Watch channel, joined the hotel as head chef earlier this year.

He began his career with a placement in Claridge's and was most recently senior sous chef at Ashdown Park in Sussex.

He said: "I am looking forward to introducing a fresh style of dining to Berwick Lodge. Hotel restaurants can often be overlooked, but my aim is to ensure that Hattusa gains an excellent reputation in its own right as well as being sparkling jewel in this opulent hotel's crown.

"The hotel already has two AA rosettes but I am aiming to get a third this year, and maybe even a Michelin star in the future. I am also hoping to introduce some new and exciting cookery courses at Berwick Lodge.

"I have a fantastic, enthusiastic team behind me who all share my vision so I am confident that together we can achieve this."

Fevzi and Sarah Arikan acquired Berwick Lodge in 2004. It now boasts five gold AA stars for accommodation, the only hotel in Bristol to have achieved this status.

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