This July, a dining experience with a difference is coming to Chester’s Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa with the opening of the Palm Court Restaurant, Bar & Piano Lounge.
Nelson Hotels, which owns the venue, decided to retire its former in-house Ciro’s Brasserie offering in order to create a multi-purpose dining venue which aims to meet all the needs of its hotel guests, local residents, and visitors to the area.
Chairman Harold Nelson commented: “We identified the need for a restaurant which would be suitable for all occasions and all guests.
“Our vision was to create more than just a restaurant and so Palm Court will cater throughout the day and appeal to all dining requirements from casual to special occasion.
“The venue will be unique to the region, welcoming and friendly, while offering the highest quality of food, drink and service.”
Officially opening on 20th July, Palm Court is set to offer a range of menus – from breakfast to brunch and afternoon tea to dinner.
Created by group executive chef Paul Prescott and hotel head chef Dion Jones, the menus have been carefully crafted to deliver ‘quality product, sourced locally and responsibly, cooked simply and served with the utmost attention to detail’.
Afternoon tea will be a key offering at Palm Court, and a variety of these will be available including Prosecco, Laurent Perrier, Cocktail and Celebration.
A signature tea unique to Palm Court Restaurant, Bar & Piano Lounge is currently being blended.
For more casual dining, Palm Court will offer an all-day menu available until 9pm, whilst the a la carte menu (served at lunch and dinner in the main restaurant) will focus on modern British and European cuisine.
This will include dishes such as confit Anglesey rainbow trout, crab creme fraiche, carrot and brown crab puree, pickled carrot and puffed wild rice as well as pan seared Welsh bavette of beef, buttered mash, onion and onions, watercress and beer jus.
Palm Court will also bring back a traditional style of service with their gueridon trolley showcasing special flambé dishes and a selection of local cheeses.
The £1.5 million dining venue has been designed by award-winning interior design consultancy Lister Carter.
With an impressive glass ceiling, the space takes inspiration from a Victorian palm house, bursting with the greenery of the Kentia palm tree.
One of the main focal points of Palm Court is a black Yamaha baby grand piano set amidst bubbling fountains and lush palm trees.
As well as being a high quality acoustic piano, it is an entertainment piano which boasts thousands of self-playing songs, so even without a pianist it will offer a musical accompaniment for guests at the venue.
Palm Court will also be home to a wine cave – with floor to ceiling wine racks showcasing Laurent Perrier champagnes and housing almost 100 different varieties of old and new world wines and champagnes along with specially selected, fine cellar wines.
With a poser table seating up to six people, the wine cave will be used for wine tastings and exclusive private dining.
Palm Court Restaurant, Bar & Piano Lounge will be open seven days a week – serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, as well as cocktails, speciality teas and coffees, healthy smoothies and light bites every Monday through to Saturday, and the Grosvenor Pulford’s renowned roast carvery on Sundays.