Luxury Hotels

Fife Arms

Yes, THERE IS A NEED NEED FOR TRADITION.  Take Cheneston’s, restaurant at The Milestone Hotel, London: it, like the hotel, is 1880s and it, Cheneston’s, incorporates the original building’s chapel. Really up to date, however, is the hotel’s URBAN FORAGING EXPERIENCE: a three-hour professional foraging trip on Hampstead Heath, then Dover sole – caught elsewhere – back here at the hotel. The Milestone is one of the treasures of Red Carnation Hotels, currently #3 BEST IN THE WORLD. Listen to Red Carnation’s MD Jonathan Raggett, below.

We all need to move on. Kempinski is, for instance.  It has taken the traditional-European company months but now finally BERNOLD SCHROEDER IS CONFIRMED AS CEO. What a relief. The company has so many loyal team members – take Norwegian Andreas Magnus, a seafaring pastor’s son who is showing that Scandinavians can indeed understand and deliver genuine and thoughtful luxury hospitality, in Switzerland • Another heritage name, the Fife Arms pub in Braemar. The world’s top gallerists HAUSER & WIRTH BOUGHT IT IN 2015 and spent three years converting it to a 46-room showcase for some of their art – they’ve used designer Russell Sage, who has just produced a miracle of a pale-pink-powder-puff of a bar for Claridge’s. The Fife Arms has Marc Denton, long-time Oberoi, as GM. It’s Bertie’s whisky bar – curator Dave Broom, author of World Atlas of Whisky, has 365 labels, including a bespoke Braemar, by Campbell, Hope & King, now part of Pernod Ricard

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Talking of Scotland, Red Carnation opens in Edinburgh next year. 26 top managers of the Red Carnation company have just cycled 250kms to raise over £40,000 for the industry charity Hospitality Action.  Well done everyone!  Now hear  Jonathan Raggett here: