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Monkbar Hotel boosts senior team with key appointment

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A York hotel – undergoing a major £3m upgrade and expansion programme – has boosted its senior team with a key appointment.

Simon Cornish has joined the Best Western Monkbar Hotel as Food and Beverage Manager, with responsibility for successfully launching a brand new dining experience once the work has been completed.

The investment will take the city centre hotel’s bedroom stock to 125, the creation of seven “flexible” function rooms and will see its Best Western raking rise from three star to four star plus!

Monkbar Hotel general manager Graham Usher said: “Simon’s role is going to be pivotal as we prepare to radically change our existing food and beverage provision for residential guests, diners and conference delegates alike.

“The final part of our 12-month, £3m investment, and perhaps one of the most important, will be launching our new menus and sourcing as much of our ingredients as possible from within Yorkshire. And this goes for our alcoholic beverages too.

“Simon is a highly regarded and experienced hotelier who brings with him a wealth of experience. In the few short weeks that he has been with us, he has made an invaluable contribution, and is well regarded by colleagues and clients alike.”     

Simon began his career more than a decade ago in Manchester’s Malmaison Hotel as a sommelier and spent the last two years working as food and beverage manager at Leeds’ Weetwood Hall Hotel.

Simon, who hails from Otley, said: “I could not be joining the Monkbar Hotel at a more exciting time.

“The significant investment is totally transforming the venue, and, when all the work is completed in a month or so, it will be one of the smartest venues in York.

“I’m very much looking forward to launching the Monkbar’s new food and beverage provision, which is an incredibly exciting concept.

“We are just finalising our menus and putting the finishing touches in place so we will be ready to launch as soon as the refurbishment of the restaurant, bars and function rooms is finished.” 

The Monkbar Hotel was purchased in 2007 by Shiva Hotels, which owns venues in London, Derby and Manchester, and recently opened two Hampton by Hilton hotels at Waterloo and Gatwick. 

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