Bliss Hotel Southport
Bliss Hotels has opened its first property in Southport, Merseyside, following the rebranding and refurbishment of the Ramada Plaza hotel. Located within the city's Waterfront development, the project was financed with the support of a £15m funding package from asset manager ICG, and two penthouses have been created.
The hotel, which remained open during the refurbishment, is the first in the UK to trade under Wyndham's Trademark soft brand of independent, upper-midscale hotels under a franchise agreement.
The hotel features a 3,000 sq ft roof garden, as well as Bliss Kitchen, DJ sets, its own hotel radio station and movie nights.
The group plans to create a ‘mini chain' of approximately 10 properties by 2026, both owned and operated.
Opened 16 August
Owner Bliss Investment Partners
Design Lisa Lipscomb
Matt Gillan has opened Heritage, in Slaugham, West Sussex. The Edwardian property has been renovated to incorporate a bar area, restaurant, garden and steam-punk lounge.
Covers 28 in the dining room
Typical dishes Salt-baked celeriac, barbecue aubergine, lime pickle, truffle emulsion; chicken breast, pot roast leg, roasted garlic, oyster mushroom, pickled turnip
Cutter & Squidge
Cutter & Squidge has opened a pop-up bakery in London's Victoria, joining permanent sites in Soho and the City. To celebrate the new shop, Cutter & Squidge has created a limited edition ‘royal biskie', flavoured with strawberry, vanilla, lychee and rose. The brand started as a market stall and opened its first permanent site in Soho in 2015 after launching its ‘biskies' in Harrods and Selfridges.
Founders Annabel and Emily Lui
The chef-patron of Edinburgh's Aizle restaurant, Stuart Ralston, has opened his second restaurant in the city, offering all-day casual dining and sharing plates. The restaurant is inspired by the chef's time working in New York and is named after his old roommate there, Bob Noto.
Typical dishes Halibut, chicken butter, spring onion; lobster, XO, koshihikari; fried buttermilk chicken, bao, umami mayonnaise
The £12m Boulevard hotel has opened in Blackpool as part of the Pleasure Beach's investment programme. The property includes eight junior suites, two park-view suites and eight coastal suites. The interiors have been furnished by British suppliers, including furniture by Tetrad, Designers Guild fabrics and wall coverings by Andrew Martin.
Owners The Thompson family
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