Today’s news in brief – 1/12/23


Cliffemount Hotel in Runswick Bay has secured planning permission from North Yorkshire Council’s Planning Authority to transform into the UK’s inaugural Passivhaus hotel, prioritising sustainability in its design. Owned by Karen Fojt and family since 2022, the vision for the 20-bedroom hotel includes a restaurant, pub, and bar. The family aims to minimise environmental impact and is optimistic about receiving accreditation, with plans to open in summer 2025. The project has garnered support for enhancing local tourism and aligning with the ‘Passivhaus’ concept, emphasising sustainability.

The Headland has appointed Jason Adams as interim managing director for a six-month period. Adams, with experience at prestigious establishments like Rockliffe Hall and Seaham Hall, is expected to provide valuable guidance during this phase. The goal is to solidify The Headland’s position as a leading luxury resort in the Southwest. The family-owned hotel looks forward to Adams’ contribution to their commercial direction, emphasising the significance of his expertise in guiding the team and achieving their strategic objectives.

MGallery UK has named Anthony Wright as the new executive head chef at The Municipal Hotel Liverpool – MGallery. The hotel, part of Accor Group’s luxury boutique-hotel brand, MGallery Hotel Collection, houses dining destinations Palm Court, Seaforth, and the Botanic Tearoom. Wright, awarded ‘Head Chef of the Year 2023,’ brings over 23 years of experience and aims to elevate the hotel’s food and beverage offerings. Having received various accolades, he expresses excitement about creating a memorable dining experience for guests and working with the team.

Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa has collaborated with the Amethyst Trust to train its spa therapists in safely treating guests undergoing cancer treatment. Recognizing the unique needs of individuals facing cancer, the hotel aims to set a new standard in guest care. The specialised training, approved by industry standards and leading insurance providers, allows therapists to provide safe, nurturing, and understanding spa experiences for guests living with cancer. The initiative reflects the hotel’s commitment to embracing and valuing every guest, irrespective of their circumstances. Clients can now receive treatment without the need for a GP letter, as therapists are fully equipped and insured.


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