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Newmarket restaurant cooks up game fortnight

14 November 2013

Since the UK is in the middle of game season Squires' (the restaurant at Bedford Lodge Hotel) executive chef, James Fairchild, decided it was perfect timing to put game on the menu at Newmarket’s only four-star hotel from 18 to 30 November.

Award-winning Squires restaurant at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa is staging “Game Fortnight”.

Since the UK is in the middle of game season the restaurant’s executive chef, James Fairchild, decided it was perfect timing to put game on the menu at Newmarket’s only four-star hotel from 18 to 30 November.

Game meat has become much more popular these days thanks to celebrity chefs and the trend to source locally produced foods, which cuts down on transport costs and aids local economies.

James said: “Game is wild, natural and free range and with a distinctive flavour loved by many people. It is also an economical alternative for many households at this time of year.

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“I think there is nothing better on a chilly November day and you can be sure that it has created a lower carbon footprint as it does not travel far from farmland to the shop.”

This type of meat has been around for hundreds of years but our ancestors didn’t have the luxury of dipping into the nearest supermarket for a piece of partridge.

On the Squires menu during the fortnight you can spot roasted venison loin in dark chocolate sauce, pressed terrine of Suffolk game and wild-game sausages, or try a bit of wood pigeon or roast partridge.

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Newmarket resident wins road bike with New Year gym incentive

18 February 2013

Dozens of Newmarket residents looking to start the New Year fighting fit have taken advantage of Bedford Lodge Hotel’s New Year, New You package, with one lucky new joiner snapping up an £800 road bike in the process.

Dozens of Newmarket residents looking to start the New Year fighting fit have taken advantage of Bedford Lodge Hotel’s New Year, New You package, with one lucky new joiner snapping up an £800 road bike in the process.

The Edge Health and Fitness Club at the four star Bedford Lodge Hotel ran a New Year, New You package throughout January. More than 50 new joiners signed up for new memberships at the club to enjoy Newmarket’s finest leisure and fitness facilities – the club’s biggest sign up in five years.

As well as 50% off of the joining fee, new members were also entered into a free prize draw for a specialist Giant Defy 2’ road bike from local cycle specialists Revel Outdoors. Andrew Scott from Exning, Newmarket, was thrilled when he found out he had won the bike.

He said: “Being a new member at The Edge, this really is a fantastic prize as it will help to motivate me.  I’m not sure I’m ready for the Tour de France but I should be able to get to the gym and back from Exning!”

Bedford Lodge Hotel Chief Executive Noel Byrne added: “Many people start the New Year wanting to improve their health and fitness and we are pleased to welcome our 52 new members to the club.

“At The Edge Health and Fitness Club we have first-rate facilities and highly qualified fitness consultants on hand to give the advice, help and encouragement that our members need to achieve their goals.”

A state of the art new dance studio was also opened in the New Year offering a packed timetable of classes including Zumba, Spin and Pilate, with all dance and fitness class instructors auditioned by celebrity personal trainer Niki Wibrow.

As well as its health and fitness club, the 77-bedroom Bedford Lodge Hotel will this summer open its doors to an exquisite £3m spa which will offer guests tantalising treatments and relaxation in the serene and tranquil grounds of the Georgian estate.

Memberships for The Edge Health and Fitness Club start at just £42 per month, with a range of packages to suit all budgets and needs. To find out more, call the team on 01638 666075.

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Spa Manager appointed – The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel

05 February 2013

The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel is set to offer the region’s most luxurious spa experience with the appointment of a new Spa Manager and the promise of an array of enticing face and body treatments.

The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel is set to offer the region’s most luxurious spa experience with the appointment of a new Spa Manager and the promise of an array of enticing face and body treatments.

The Spa is being built adjacent to the 4 star Newmarket hotel in the 19th century Rockfield House and will open its doors this summer. The £3m spa will offer guests tantalising treatments and relaxation in the serene and tranquil grounds of the Georgian estate.

Newly appointed Spa Manager Anna Ramsay joins the team bringing with her a wealth of experience in the spa industry having worked in luxury spas across the country and as far afield as the Maldives.

Anna, from Norwich, has worked in a variety of roles from Spa Manager to UK and International Trainer for British natural skincare brand ESPA where she trained therapists in all levels of practical treatments, product knowledge and the highest standard of customer care.

Anna explained: “The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel is going to bring something new and exciting to Newmarket and I am thrilled to be a part of it. We are working closely with ESPA to provide our guests with only the very best products and treatments so that our guests can enjoy a unique experience tailored to their needs.

“We are also developing signature treatments unique to Bedford Lodge Hotel which will include advanced enzyme facials, Balinese massage with hot stones and detoxifying body cleanses for those who live a fast paced lifestyle. We also have the ESPA Time package where our expert therapists will ensure that the most suitable treatment is selected and then personalised, maximising treatment results.”

Guests to The Spa will able to indulge in treatments including Rasul, a traditional Arabian cleansing ritual using mud to exfoliate the skin and improve well-being, as well as experiential showers which awaken the senses with a combination of music, lights and water.

Welcoming Anna to Bedford Lodge Hotel, Chief Executive Noel Byrne said: “We have big plans for our new spa and I am extremely pleased to have Anna on board with her in depth knowledge of the spa industry. With Anna’s help, we will offer the very best in face and body treatments, each one designed and tailored specifically to the customer so that they experience the best physical and emotional therapeutic benefits based on their individual needs.”

Other treatments available at the lavish spa include Hammam, a rejuvenating Turkish bath which aims to take away all the stresses of modern life.  The Spa will also feature a relaxing roof top hot tub and hydrotherapy pool as well as shoulder massage fountains, while other deluxe treatments including relaxing body massages and skin refining facials will also be available.  In addition to these treatments, guests can also expect luxury manicures and pedicures.

Guests to The Spa will also have the option to stay at the chic Bedford Lodge Hotel or dine in the hotel’s delectable award winning restaurant Squires. With 77 stylish bedrooms and suites which have recently been upgraded as part of the hotel’s £5.5 million expansion programme, the spa and hotel are the perfect combination.

The Spa will feature the very best products from the world's leading luxury spa products and treatments company ESPA. A family business, ESPA is recognised as a global authority in Spa, successfully combining the creation and pioneering of natural products and treatments.

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New Dance Studio: Celebrity personal trainer puts instructors through their paces

16 January 2013

She’s worked with the likes of Radio One DJ Sara Cox, Eastenders’ Patsy Palmer andCoronation Street’s Angela Griffin and now celebrity personal trainer Niki Wibrow is working with Bedford Lodge Hotel in launching their state of the art new dance studio.

The four star Newmarket hotel opens the doors to its impressive new studio on 7 January 2013, with a timetable of exciting new dance and exercise classes with instructors personally selected by Niki.

Niki has co-presented and choreographed four best-selling celebrity fitness videos including Zoë Lucker’s Little Black Dress Workout and Angela Griffin’s Dancemix Workouts (1 & 2). Niki can currently be seen on Angela & Friends (Sky1) on Mondays, as fitness expert for their Health & Fitness Club.

Chief Executive Noel Byrne commented: “Niki is hugely successful in her field and we have worked very closely with her in devising the class timetables, auditioning the dance and fitness instructors and setting up the studio.

“Having someone of Niki’s calibre come in and help us set up the studio has been brilliant and I am confident that both our existing members of the Edge Health and Fitness Club as well as guests, will enjoy the range of classes that we have to offer.”

Niki added: "The new fitness studio at Bedford Lodge is a fantastic facility and I am delighted to have worked with the fitness team in preparation for the opening launch.

“We have auditioned some very talented dancers and fitness instructors and I am confident that those we have chosen will be very popular with the users of the studio. I look forward to continuing to develop the class timetable over the coming months to help make the studio the best in the region."

The new fully air-conditioned dance studio features mirrored walls and a five star sound system, hosting popular classes including Zumba, Pilates, Yoga and Spin.

Set in three acres of rose gardens, Bedford Lodge Hotel is a leading wedding and conference venue and has recently been awarded Silver by Green Tourism for its efforts in environmental and sustainable working practices. For more information about the hotel, visit www.bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk or call 01638 663175.

 

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Bedford Lodge Hotel leads the way with all singing, all dancing top new dance studio

11 January 2013
A state of the art new dance studio will open its doors on 7 January 2013, offering Newmarket residents and visitors a professional and fresh new space to enjoy dance and exercise classes

A state of the art new dance studio will open its doors on 7 January 2013, offering Newmarket residents and visitors a professional and fresh new space to enjoy dance and exercise classes.

The Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket is opening the bespoke studio as part of a £5.5m redevelopment of the Bury Road hotel.

The studio will be fully air-conditioned and feature mirrored walls and a fantastic five star sound system.

Highly anticipated throughout the surrounding area, the studio will host a range of popular fitness classes including Zumba, Pilates, Yoga and Spin all run by top instructors who have been personally auditioned by celebrity personal trainer Niki Wibrow.

The studio timetable will be refreshed every three months and the facility will be available to members of the hotel's Edge Health and Fitness Club as well as guests at the four star hotel.

Chief Executive Noel Byrne commented: "We've had a very busy year upgrading and extending almost every area of the business and we're very excited about the launch of the new dance studio. Whether our customers want to keep fit, try a new hobby or stay in shape, we have something for everybody and we look forward to welcoming our customers, both existing and new."

Bedford Lodge will also be opening a new £3 million spa next summer which is being developed at the adjacent Rockfield House.

Set in three acres of rose gardens, Bedford Lodge Hotel is a leading wedding and conference venue and has recently been awarded Silver by Green Tourism for its efforts in environmental and sustainable working practices. Click here to find out more information about the dance classes in Newmarket.

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Silver Award for Bedford Lodge Hotel

30 November 2012

The UK’s national sustainable tourism certification scheme has recently inspected and presented the 4 star Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket with a Silver Award.

Businesses opting to join Green Tourism are assessed by a qualified Grading Advisor and are scrutinised against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a broad spectrum of areas including energy and water efficiency, waste management, supporting the local community and more.  Businesses receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold award based on their level of achievement and the standards that they deliver on inspection.  The current network of members is comprised of a multitude of business types, including:  accommodation providers, visitor attractions, corporate offices and more.

Noel Byrne, Chief Executive commented:  “We are extremely proud to have been awarded a Silver by the GTBS.  It’s provided us with a great sense of achievement as my staff have worked extremely hard in meeting these sets of criteria and ultimately this award goes to them.”

He added: “We made the decision to go green in August 2011 and not only have we now greatly reduced our carbon footprint but it’s also proved to be highly educational – albeit a little challenging at times!”

The GTBS is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK. Originally developed in partnership with Visit Scotland, it is now the only national scheme to be independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) on behalf of Visit England, Visit Wales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and endorsed by Visit Scotland and Failte Ireland. 

Visit www.bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk/sustainabletourism to view Bedford Lodge Hotel’s Environmental Policy and Customer Charter and visit www.green-business.co.uk for further information on the scheme.

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For further information, please contact Natalie Bell, Marketing Coordinator on 01638 663175 or nbell@bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk.

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Charity Bike Ride

22 August 2012

Bedford Lodge Hotel... sweat bands and lycra at the ready!

The 4 star Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket is supporting St Nicholas Hospice Care by taking part in the 2012 Accumulator Challenge.

The Challenge which kicked off on the 19th June, tasks each participating company with accumulating as much money as possible by whatever means possible... as long as it’s fair and legal!  Last year’s total reached a staggering £40,000 pounds! 

In addition to giving their guests the option of adding £1 to their bill for the duration of the challenge, Bedford Lodge Hotel will be staging a Charity Bike Ride pulling together the support of their employees, guests, leisure members, business associates and the general public.   The virtual bike ride will be taking place on the front lawn of the hotel and will involve 2 bikes and just 12 hours to cycle from Newmarket Clock Tower to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as the crow flies - tallying up a total of 251 miles!  The whistle is set to blow at 7am on Thursday, 13th September and will end at 7pm with a celebratory BBQ.  

Bedford Lodge Hotel Chief Executive, Noel Byrne said:  “This is the second time we have lent our support to this amazing charity and we are honoured and thrilled to be taking part.  We are really excited about this particular challenge as it involves such a broad spectrum of like-minded people as not only are we inviting our guests, leisure members and employees to take to the saddle but we are also appealing to our local residents for their support.”

If you would like to take part and do your bit for West Suffolk’s largest charity then you will need to contact Paul Simmons, Leisure Manager at the hotel on 01638 666075.  Relay tickets will be on sale for 30 minutes at £5.00 and if you are confident you can go the extra mile then you can cycle for 1 hour at a donation fee of £10.00. BBQ tickets are £5 per head... the perfect option if you are unable to cycle, feeling lazy but still want to donate!

Based in Bury St Edmunds, St Nicholas Hospice Care supports approximately 2000 people every year who live with terminal and life shortening illnesses.   Visit www.stnicholashospice.org.uk and www.bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk/accumulatorchallenge2012   for further information on the Challenge.

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For further information please contact Natalie Bell, Marketing Coordinator at Bedford Lodge Hotel on 01638 663175 or nbell@bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk.

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22 New Super King-Sized Bedrooms...

18 July 2012

Bedford Lodge Hotel set to release 22 new super-king sized bedrooms...

Scheduled for release early August 2012, the new bedrooms will be bigger and will benefit from the added luxury of a separate bath and shower.

The creation of these super-king sized bedrooms forms part of the hotel’s continuing expansion and renovation programme.  To date, 49 of the existing bedrooms have been completely refurbished with an increased standard of luxury.  The bar and restaurant have also been completely revamped.  Squires Restaurant, formerly The Orangery, provides a much more relaxed dining experience and has been enjoying a marked increase in bookings since its launch in February.

Noel Byrne, Chief Executive said: “It’s been a very busy time of late with everything that has been unfolding at the hotel and we are most grateful to our guests for their continued support and patience during this time of transition.”

He added: “Bedford Lodge Hotel can only capitalise from the addition of these new bedrooms and will allow us to accommodate additional guests when our new stand-alone spa opens its doors in March 2013.”

The much anticipated Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel is being sympathetically created in the 19th Century Rockfield House, adjacent to the hotel.  This destination spa will provide visitors with a truly unique experience, unlike anything else in the area.

Mr Byrne added: “The beauty and history of the building coupled with the treatments on offer will not only provide a boost for Bedford Lodge Hotel but is sure to have a positive impact on Newmarket’s economy and the surrounding areas.”

Bedford Lodge Hotel continues to buck the trend, frequently enjoying full occupancy and with the Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel set to open its doors in the not too distant future, the creation of the new bedrooms are a very welcome addition.

For more information, please visit www.bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk or call 01638 663175.

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For further information please contact Natalie Bell, Marketing Coordinator at Bedford Lodge Hotel on 01638 663175 or nbell@bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk.  Picture featured is one of our recently refurbished existing bedrooms.

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NDCC Customer Focus Award

01 June 2012

Hotel crowned the best in Newmarket for customer service...

Staff at Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket are celebrating after their hard work was repaid with a customer service award, beating off stiff competition from businesses across the town.

The four star Bury Road hotel scooped the Customer Focus prize at theNewmarket and District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards at a ceremony at the town’s Jockey Rooms.

Judges were impressed by the venue’s commitment to ensuring its clientele are given consistently high quality service, borne out of regular training sessions and strict operating procedures.

Bedford Lodge Chief Executive Noel Byrne said: “I am so proud of my team for winning this award.  It is testament to their unwavering dedication to our guests, from whom we regularly receive glowing feedback.

“We’re all thrilled to have been recognised by the Chamber of Commerce in this way and will ensure that we continue to maintain our high standards of customer care.”

Mr Byrne added that Bedford Lodge’s low staff turnover helps the hotel to offer excellent customer service across all areas – including its wedding and conference offerings, Squire’s restaurant and The Edge Health and Fitness Club.

“We care about our staff, which means they are much more likely to remain with us for the long term – in fact, many of our team members have been with us for ten years or more,” he said.  “This means that our service is consistent and that our regular guests can always be assured of a familiar face.

“As a result of our staff’s hard work, we have bucked the trend and increased our turnover over the past year.”

Bedford Lodge is currently undergoing a £5 million expansion programme to include the creation of 22 new bedrooms, with at least 25 further jobs to be introduced at the hotel as a result.  A spa is also being built in the grounds of the hotel, which is due to open early next year. 

 

For more information about the hotel, call 01638 663175 or visit  www.bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk

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New Spa for Bedford Lodge Hotel

01 December 2011
New Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel!

Newmarket’s economy will be given a huge boost in 2012 with the opening of a new spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel, with more than 40 jobs set to be created.

Neighbouring Rockfield House, which was purchased by Bedford Lodge owners Review Hotels Ltd last year, has been granted change of use planning permission to become The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel.  Scheduled to open next summer, the development will lead to around 40 jobs when completed and scores of further employment opportunities throughout the building stages.

Bedford Lodge Chief Executive Noel Byrne explained that the announcement was great news for both the hotel andNewmarket.  He added: “We are passionate about providing opportunities to local people so we’re extremely pleased that our new spa will give such a boost to the town.  2012 is going to be a very exciting year for Bedford Lodge.”

The four-star hotel in Bury Road is currently undergoing a separate £1.5 million expansion programme to include the creation of 21 new bedrooms, with at least 25 new jobs to be introduced at the hotel as a result. 

The hotel also benefited from a £60,000 investment in new digital television equipment in May, while in recent years its reception area has been transformed and its health and fitness club refurbished.  Its seven meeting and banqueting rooms have also been modernised with state of the art audio-visual systems.

£500,000 has already been invested in the transformation of the 19th century Rockfield House which was once part of the estate of the sixth Duke of Bedford.  Set in approximately an acre of grounds, the property was most recently owned by Forest Heath District Council.  It has been empty for some time.

Mr Byrne added: “Rockfield House is a truly beautiful building which has retained many of its original features such as its high ceilings and grand staircase.  These will all be restored to their former glory as the spa is created.

“The Spa at Bedford Lodge will be open to the public by appointment for a range of treatments including manicures, pedicures, full body massages, facials and many more, as well as day spa and residential spa breaks.  It is likely to become a real asset to Newmarket and the surrounding area which doesn’t currently have anything else of its kind.”

For more information, please visitwww.bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk or call 01638 663175.

Photo shows: Rockfield House, which will become The Spa at Bedford Lodge next year.

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