H&E North discovers the hottest new and improved venues across our area ready to host great meetings and events.
Located in its namesake seaside town of Scotland, the former Marine Hotel will transform into the Marine Troon this year, building a new leisure centre complete with an indoor pool, squash court, sauna, and steam facilities. Adjacent to the world- renowned Royal Troon golf course, Marine Toon also offers tailored golf packages to host team building activities, with nearly 50 more courses to choose from nearby along the Ayrshire coast. The hotel’s three suites can host up to 200 delegates, with DDR packages including room hire, meeting room equipment, and customised AV options available. Private dining is also provided for up to 50 delegates in the hotel’s newly refurbished space, The Bay, offering panoramic views of the coast and golf courses.
Capri at the Containers
The Capri Group opened its fifth café and restaurant early this year in Stourton, South- East Leeds, with direct transport connections to the city centre and Royal Armouries Museum. Built from eight disused shipping containers, the venue’s industrial exterior hides an intricately decorated interior within, complete with a ground floor café and first floor Italian restaurant which can cater for up to 60 delegates. A rooftop wine bar with open terrace is also available to hire for private functions with bespoke cocktails and live entertainment on offer.
The former Qbic scheme in Manchester had a quick rebrand just months after opening, now taking over as Yotel’s 18th hotel worldwide in the heart of Deansgate. With sustainability in mind, the hotel’s 260 rooms feature solar panels, water-saving showers, and energy-efficient lighting. Four unique spaces can host between eight to 50 delegates, with all AV and presentation equipment provided and large terrace-side doors letting in plenty of natural daylight. Private dining is also available in the events spaces, with the hotel’s in-house menu using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, and beverages crafted from local breweries and distilleries.
The No.1 Guesthouse is the latest boutique hotel to open in York, catering for smaller corporate meetings and city-based away days. The Grade II listed regency townhouse has kept its original features, including floor-to-ceiling windows, spiral staircases, and period-era art pieces. The hotel’s Bootham Room holds up to 12 delegates as a private dining and meeting room, while the Marmalade Lounge is fitted for board meetings with afternoon tea provided. A new spa has also been fitted in the lower arches of the building’s cellar, containing five treatment rooms and a range of wellbeing packages on offer.
Grosvenor Pulford Hotel
Chesire’s Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa has revamped its bar and events spaces earlier this year, expanding on its renowned corporate meetings and events facilities. Seating up to 200 delegates, the redecorated Grosvenor suite includes its own entrance, private bar, and lounge area, with flexible layout options allowing planners to split the space into separate function rooms. The Westminster and Belgrave suites offer a more contemporary space for boardroom meetings, fitting up to 90 delegates with the latest AV equipment provided for presentations and award ceremonies. The hotel’s dining options include the new Palm Court restaurant and piano bar serving elegant European cuisine, while Nelson’s Bar offers a more informal, gastro pub welcome, featuring open fireplaces and serving traditional pub food and ales.
Smoke & Mirrors
Opening its doors in Altrincham late last year, Smoke & Mirrors has quickly drawn local attention as Manchester’s only shisha bar, providing unique events opportunities outside of the city centre. Fitting up to 100 delegates, the bar and restaurant includes a VIP area, terrace, and canopy-covered outdoor
area with fully catered private hire options. Entertainment, decorations, canapes, and champagne on arrival are all supplied with the event packages, with a set menu containing a fusion of European and Middle Eastern food.
Langdon Beck Hotel
Raby Estates has recently refurbished an iconic country hotel as part of its extensive regeneration programme of historic buildings across Teesdale in the North Pennines. Fully redecorated while retaining its original authentic features, The Langdon Beck Hotel can now seat up to 50 delegates in its dining room and bar area, with a private function room available for 25 delegates and neighbouring Resident’s Lounge seating up to 15 guests. The hotel also sits along the Pennine Way, with a number of walking routes available for outdoor networking.
Virgin Hotels Edinburgh
Virgin Hotels is set to open its first UK site in Edinburgh this June, home to the newly restored mediaeval Greyfriars Hall. A central event space for banquet dinners, weddings, and corporate events seats up to 120 delegates, with four smaller meeting spaces available for 10 to 20 guests. Dining and drinking outlets include Virgin Hotels’ flagship Commons Club and a new all-day dining space, Eve, housing local artwork inspired by the venue’s location and heritage.
The Tytherington Club
Surrounded by picturesque countryside, The Tytherington Club in Macclesfield recently opened its doors within easy reach of Manchester and the Peak District, featuring a new gym, sauna, and 18-hole championship golf course. Seating up to 250 delegates, the hotel’s Dorchester suite can be adapted to suit a range of functions with personalised layout options catered for by an event management team, while also catering for up to 12 delegates in the hotel boardroom. Corporate golf packages are also available for eight to 200 delegates including set meals at the course-side Pulse Bar.
After a £6 million redevelopment, Manchester’s Contact Theatre now offers
a full range of meetings and conference spaces alongside its full roster of creative workshops for the performing arts sector. Seating up to 280 delegates, the venue’s main auditorium space is idea for panel events and creative hires with full AV capabilities, while a smaller boardroom for up to 16 delegates comes fully equipped for hybrid conferencing and training days. Rehearsal studios can also be hired to function as break-out networking spaces, with artistic services on offer to enhance events including workshop facilitation, icebreakers, and creative responses. Partially serviced office spaces are also available to hire with access to high-speed internet and private meeting spaces.