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The glamour of the Alps is being created in Coventry for the winter season with award-winning chef Glynn Purnell, making his debut appearance in the city.
The owner of Michelin-starred Purnell’s restaurant in Birmingham and star of BBC’s Great British Menu will be providing an outdoor barbeque with an alpine flavour at the Generators rooftop bar of the new Telegraph Hotel. The date is to be announced.
The rooftop bar is being dressed by The Belgrade Theatre to create the atmosphere of an après ski bar from the glamorous 1950s and will be renamed St Moritz – after the Swiss ski resort – for the season. The bar will open in late November and continue at least until the New Year.
Purnell said: “I am thrilled and proud to be given this opportunity to be part of what is unquestionably going to be an amazing project. It is an honour to be part of one of the most important times in Coventry’s history as it gears up to be the UK City of Culture in 2021.
“Bringing the Purnell’s brand to the city of Coventry is very exciting, and I am especially looking forward to being able to meet, greet and treat the people of Coventry and the surrounding area.
“My award-winning team and I will bring a stunning pop-up restaurant which will be situated on the roof of the spectacular new Coventry Telegraph Hotel in the city centre. we will serve some fantastic food and drink - a Purnell’s twist on Bavarian style food, cooked over an open fire, under alpine trees, where we are guaranteed snow every hour!
“I look forward to giving the people of Coventry a winter food experience which is second to none.”
The Belgrade Theatre will be creating a swiss chalet from the bar and putting in atmospheric lighting.
A snow machine will provide an hourly dose of powder for the powder hounds and there will be temporary canopies, rugs and outdoor heaters for when it really does get cold.
Ian Harrabin of developers CDP said: “The idea for the bar was sparked by the amazing plans for the ‘Coventry Glides’ ice rink in the Cathedral ruins, which will be truly magical and the best in the UK this year.
“It struck us that many would not be getting their Alpine fix this year, but that we could reproduce the mountain top escapism close to home even if we don’t get any real snow – and the open-air bar allows us to provide a Covid-safe environment.
“St Moritz was the place in the 1950’s for Hollywood stars and royalty and in line with the hotel’s Mid-Century design, we’re hoping to capture some of this glamour at a time when people really need cheering up.”
The hotel will be offering a package stay including the St Moritz experience which will be announced next week.
For further information about the Telegraph Hotel visit www.telegraph-hotel.com
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