The new hotel forms the first part of a wider regeneration plan for the area and will include demolition of three existing buildings to make way for this new mixed use development. The Hotel will include 103 guest bedrooms over 4 storeys together with bar, restaurant and gym. In collaboration with Key Architecture, HCD Engineering and Troup Bywater + Anders the project will run for 60 weeks with completion in Spring 2018.
With the existing buildings laying empty, this project will have a transformational effect on the whole area, by improving local infrastructure and creating 300 new jobs in the construction, hospitality and retail sectors.
Deepak Chainrai of DC Homes and Investments said: “This is an important day for our company, our town and our district. We are thrilled to see the project get underway at last as it has been an ambition of ours for a long time to bring this kind of quality facility to Bridgwater.”
Councillor Anne Fraser said: “Sedgemoor District Council is delighted that progress is being made on this project. The hotel, café and restaurant and attached retail will bring many jobs to the local area as well as helping to transform the Eastover part of Bridgwater Town Centre. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the project team on this very positive development.”
Marco Pierre White to open MPW Steakhouse Bar and Grill at new hotel
CELEBRITY chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White is to open a new restaurant in Bridgwater.
The MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill will be located within the forthcoming Mercure Bridgwater hotel, which is currently under construction on the site of the former Co-Op store on the crossroads at Eastover.
The restaurant is set to become a destination restaurant for hotel guests and local food lovers alike, who can expect to enjoy a selection of timeless English and French classics, each delivered with Marco’s own unique flair.
The Steakhouse Bar & Grill menu typically includes many of the chef’s childhood favourites, such as Classic Prawn Cocktail, Chicken Kiev or Sticky Toffee Pudding, alongside a range of 28-day aged native breed steaks. Marco’s ethos is all about classic dishes, simply cooked using the best locally sourced ingredients.
The news follows an agreement between Black & White Hospitality Ltd, which owns a number of Marco’s restaurant brands, and DC Hotels, which is developing the Mercure Bridgwater hotel.
Marco, once the youngest chef to hold three Michelin stars, said: “Somerset is one of my favourite parts of the UK, and I’m incredibly excited to watch the new restaurant unfold. We have a very successful restaurant at Cadbury House in Congresbury and I can see a lot of similarities here.
“My restaurants are not stuffy or pretentious; instead they are about enjoying your evening, with excellent food and drink in luxurious, relaxed surroundings and quite simply having a good time.
“That’s the kind of experience that our guests in Bridgwater can look forward to, with something to suit every taste and budget. I call it affordable glamour and we hope it’s an experience our guests will want to return to again and again.”
Deepak Chainrai, from DC Hotels, said: “We are extremely privileged and honoured to be introducing the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Restaurant in the new Mercure Bridgwater Hotel which is currently being built. We truly believe that this renowned restaurant will further benefit the economic development and growth of the town centre and create more new jobs and attract visitors from the neighbouring areas.”
Mercure is part of international hotel group Accor and the four-star, 100+-bedroom venue is due to open in late 2017 following a £9m building and redevelopment programme.
Cllr Anne Fraser, Sedgemoor District Council’s economic growth spokesman, said: “To have such a prestigious restaurant located within Sedgemoor’s newest hotel, the Mercure Bridgwater, is extremely good news not only for Bridgwater but for the whole locality.
“The building of the hotel is progressing well and to now have the prospect of a Marco Pierre White restaurant is really exciting news and a destination that will draw people into the town. Well done to everyone involved in this significant achievement.”