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Liberation Group is set to launch Butcombe Boutique Inns at the end of May, aiming to be a premier operator of premium rooms in Southern England. The concept promises a unique, personalised stay, with the initial rollout encompassing eight Butcombe Pubs and Inns. CEO Jonathan Lawson emphasises the focus on memorable experiences in picturesque locations, catering to guests seeking a “home away from home” ambiance.

Focus Hotels has secured the management contract for The Bedford Hotel, a forthcoming five-star establishment in central Belfast. Housed in the historic Scottish Mutual Building, the hotel will feature upscale amenities including a restaurant and bar. The project, slated for completion in 2025, aims to offer a distinctive hospitality experience, blending the city’s spirit with architectural grandeur.

Neil Kedward, CEO of Seren Hotels, has been honoured with Master Innholder status by the Worshipful Company of Innholders for his leadership in the hotel industry. Recognised for his influence and innovation, Kedward has spearheaded the growth of Seren Group, comprising renowned hotels and restaurants. The award underscores his commitment to excellence and contributions to the wider hospitality community.

Rockliffe Hall’s culinary director, James Close, has unveiled a new summer residency starting 13 June, as part of enhancing dining experiences at the five-star hotel. Close, formerly of two-Michelin Star Raby Hunt, will introduce Terra, a restaurant offering a diverse menu inspired by global gastronomy. Diners can craft their dining experience from a variety of dishes, including grilled Carabineros and signature sushi selections. The 35-cover restaurant will feature a balcony with views of the estate and golf course. Close aims for Terra to prioritise great ingredients and flavours in a relaxed atmosphere, marking the hotel’s journey towards luxury dining.


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