H&E North explores some of the renovated or newly opened venues across our area ready to host great events this year.
The Boat Inn
The Boat Inn at Lichfield had an extensive refurbishment last year taken on by the gastropub’s chef/owner Liam Dillon and his staff. The popular Staffordshire venue now seats up to 60 delegates, who can choose to congregate within the venue’s modern interior or out on the conservatory roof and bar. The Boat Inn is currently the only restaurant in the county to hold 3 AA rosettes, with Dillon’s elevated six-course food menu using organic ingredients grown in the pub’s own gardens. Theboatinnlichfield.com
The Dalata Hotel Group opened its first Clayton Hotel in January in Manchester’s city centre. The £45 million development contains 329 rooms, No.55 restaurant, and triple height reception area across the hotel’s 18 floors. Up to 153 delegates can be hosted in the Clayton’s five modern meeting rooms, with floor to ceiling windows revealing iconic views of Manchester’s skyline. The dedicated meetings and events floor comes fully equipped with audio-visual technology, with adaptable seating arrangements made for each event and a business lounge available for serving refreshments for all guests. Claytonhotelmanchestercitycentre.com
Maintaining its elegant presence high above Chester’s Old Bridge and River Dee is the refurbished Edgar House. Up to 16 delegates can be accommodated in the 19th century regency villa, who can explore the holiday home’s high-ceilinged interior complete with a mixture of contemporary and original period-era features. Spaces including a media and games room for client entertainment, with comfortable seating in the walled garden and river view terrace also making a picturesque meeting area, with blankets provided to keep warm during evening events. The classic- contemporary dining room, lit up beneath a crystal chandelier, sits next to an open-plan kitchen with a private chef ready to provide mixology classes and cheese and wine tasting sessions.
The Pocotel Glasgow launched late last year as the first of the new brand by RBH Hospitality Management. Adjacent to Glasgow Central Station, the hotel has two private event rooms on the ground floor for up to 30 delegates. Useful for corporate training or conducting interviews, the conference rooms are flexible in format with a wide selection of food and beverage options available.
An extensive redevelopment has transformed the former Arriva offices into the Malmaison hotel, offering a range of corporate meeting packages in its stylish and boutique space. The York venue’s three rooms can be seperated or merged using collapsible walls to create space for classrooms, boardrooms or interviews catering up to 180 delegates. The hotel also offers pod rooms available for up to 6 guests for smaller meetings, with a Bauhaus private room for up to 10 delegates. Malmaison.com
The Fountain House
Manchester’s historic Memorial Hall is now catering up to 180 delegates in the original private rooms of the Grade II listed building The Fountain House which opened late last year. The space can be used for board meetings, away days or seminar and training events with premium gastro food on offer in the venue’s conference packages. A private lift, cloakroom, and bar also gives individual events total exclusivity, with PA systems available. Alternatively, the Thomas Worthington suite, named after the building’s architect, can be used for boardroom meetings for up to 14 delegates. Thefountainhouse.co.uk
Moxy Glasgow SEC
The Moxy Glasgow SEC opened in December last year using the brands signature smart design and efficient use of space in the hotel’s 243 bedrooms. Up to 120 delegates can use the spacious entrance lobby situated directly opposite the front doors of the Hydro, with two smaller meeting rooms also available for client meetings. The Moxy’s quirky interior design and games on offer in the lobby give delegates a fun vibe to their stay, with the Now communal space available for remote working.
The Venue Bowers Mill
The 1880s industrial Venue. Bowers Mill has begun to use its reclaimed space to host multiple conferences and trainings days with AV packages available. The building’s original interior
is restored, including exposed brickwork and large windows to let natural daylight into the venue’s open plan space. A total of 400 delegates can use the main suite, which can be divided into two or three sections, and the Spinning Room can also be used as a breakout space for up to 120 delegates. Thevenuebowersmill.co.uk