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TRAVEL: Hampton Manor and Stratford’s Hotel du Vin make the Top 100 British Hotels

Hampton Manor on the Warwickshire border close to Solihull

Hotel du Vin in Stratford-upon-Avon

High fives to these local hotels  – just featured in The Sunday Times 100 Best British Hotels. Independent family-owned Hampton Manor in Hampton-in-Arden village with its Michelin-starred restaurant Peel’s is described as “a foodie haven with bedrooms inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement”; while Stratford’s new Hotel du Vin, which opened earlier this year, is praised for being “wonderfully family-friendly” and “nicely posh”.


EAT OUT: Sky by Waters – a glitzy new rooftop bar and restaurant opens Jan 10 2019, Resorts World

Award-winning and Michelin-starred chef Andy Waters is going up in the world!

…Well his restaurant is anyway – it’s relocating from the 5th to the 10th floor of Resorts World, Birmingham, from January 9 next year.

Sky by Waters is merging with Sky Bar creating a spectacular multi-million pound rooftop cocktail bar, restaurant and Secret Garden with stunning views…It will feature an updated menu, retaining Waters’ signature cooking style based on classic British and French cooking with a contemporary twist, with unmissable desserts from a pastry team headed by Darryl Collins, star finalist on Channel 4’s Bake Off: The Professionals.

Not only will the new restaurant provide a larger space for Chef Waters, doubling his number of covers but also add private dining and a dedicated Chef’s Table all served from a new state-of-the-art kitchen. Fancy a quick snoop?

Resorts World celebrated its 3rd birthday last month. Recent new arrivals have included Miller & Carter, Zizzi and Santai Spa has seen a new revamped leisure club. Genting Arena will be renamed Resorts World Arena in December. This winter sees the Arena’s first multi-night Christmas Show, Elf the Musical, starring David Essex and Martine McCutcheon and the newly-opened Bear Grylls Adventure at the NEC you’re up for a high-octane challenge.



BOOKS: War Horse author Michael Morpurgo at Warwick Books!! Thur Nov 22

The best-selling author will be talking about his poignant new book In the Mouth of the Wolf – the true story of his two uncles during the Second World War at our Muddy award-winning bookshop! How exciting, is that?

Tickets £5 including refreshments. Book in advance at Warwick Books 01926 499939 or


Hampton Clinic Open Evening, Hampton Manor, Hampton-in-Arden, nr Solihull, Thur Nov 29

Fancy some pre-Christmas pampering and champagne at this Scandinavian-looking lodge and beauty clinic in the grounds of boutique hotel Hampton Manor and Michelin-starred restaurant, Peel’s? Think champagne & canapes courtesy of Hampton Manor, fire pits, treatment demos, special offers and an informative talk from owner Dr Lorraine Hill as well as small group taster sessions of Life Coaching and Functional Medicine/Nutrition. 7-10pm, hamptonclinic

Guests are kindly requested to email clinic manager Cherie Rhodes asap if you’d like to attend:


Elan Spa Christmas Shopping Evening, Mallory Court Hotel, Leamington Spa, Thur Nov 22

Elan Spa, Mallory Court Country House Hotel

Looking for a Christmas gift idea for someone close who loves spa treatments or a bit of pampering? Choose from a range of spa vouchers and prezzies from ESPA, ORLY & ILA at one of our favourite award-winning Warwickshire spa’s, while indulging in some mulled wine and a mince pie or two. Spa therapists will be on hand to give you advice and also mini-treatments on the evening.

Please RSVP to or Tel: 01926 453912 (you’ll need to book a treatment slot in advance depending on availability), mallory

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