Thistle Hotels today announces a new partnership with South Wales-based Crown Hotels and Restaurants, which will see the launch of a new, high-end restaurant concept within its Cardiff hotel – the Crown Social. As part of this joint venture, Michelin-accredited chef Martin Blunos becomes the restaurant’s Executive Chef.
Having recently undergone a full refurbishment, Thistle Cardiff City Centre’s fresh, contemporary new-look restaurant and champagne bar will cater for those seeking a vibrant, wining and dining experience in the heart of the Welsh capital.
Universally recognised as one of the UK’s leading chefs Martin Blunos recently joined Crown Hotels & Restaurants as Executive Chef with a special emphasis on expanding the restaurant business into new areas.
Blunos, born and raised near Bath of Latvian parents, has held two Michelin stars for more then fifteen years. He is a familiar face on TV with his distinctive walrus moustache. He said: “The opening of the Crown Social at The Parc, one of Cardiff’s most established hotels, is very exciting and something completely new for the city. I’ve assembled a first class team for Crown Social and now can’t wait to get started.”
Michael Davies, Director of the Monmouthshire-based Crown Hotels & Restaurants, said: “We’re thrilled and delighted to be linking with The Parc Hotel and opening this wonderful new addition to Crown Hotels and Restaurants which brings an entirely different, exciting style of eating right into the heart of the city of Cardiff.
“Crown Social is set to stand proudly alongside our existing fine dining restaurants; our Michelin star Crown at Whitebrook, near Monmouth and the three AA rosette Crown at Celtic Manor.”
Darren Patt, Regional Operations Director comments: “We’re thrilled to announce this partnership with such a credible restaurant group; already renowned for their excellence in award-winning fine dining and boasting successful concepts: The Crown at Whitebrook, near Monmouth and The Crown at Celtic Manor.
“The Parc by Thistle has the ideal city-centre location and naturally-lit space to create an inviting, eclectic dining experience - we’re confident that with the joint reputations of Crown Hotels and Restaurants and Martin Blunos, we will quickly establish Crown Social as one of the finest dining destinations in South Wales.”
Martin will work closely with The Parc by Thistle’s General Manager Richard O’Riordan, to make a true mark for Crown Social on Wales’ quality dining map.
Richard O’Riordan, General Manager of The Parc, adds: “Crown Social is set to be the ideal after-work and weekend venue. We’re sure guests will respond very well to our unveiling of the creative menu – Martin’s inventive cooking style and attention to detail with quality ingredients will no doubt bring further success to Thistle Cardiff City Centre.’’
Crown Social will offer a contemporary take on classic Welsh dishes. It will be a sociable, lively city hotspot where guests can informally meet, drink, dine and socialise – whether indulging in a full multiple-course dinner or enjoying a few tasting dishes with friends.
Crown Social will officially launch next month, March 2011.
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