..by Rachel Flint
A MULTI-MILLION-POUND makeover will see a Chester hotel transformed into chocolate heaven in the new year.
In January the Chester Grosvenor, in Eastgate, will be closed to guests and staff for two weeks as work begins to transform the hotel entrance into a luxury chocolate shop.
The chocolatier, which will open its doors to the public in March, is being built as part of a £2m renovation at the City centre hotel, which will also see La Brasserie refurbished and a state-of-the-art kitchen built on the ground floor.
Managers at the Chester Grosvenor have heralded the chocolatier as a ‘vote of confidence’ for the city, as it will be the first time luxury British chocolate company Rococo has opened a shop outside London.
Jonathan Slater; managing director of the Chester Grosvenor, explained the chocolate – would be used across the hotel as executive chef Simon Radley creates chocolate-infused dishes in the restaurant and hot chocolate, is served in La Brasserie.
“Rococo is the perfect complement to la Brasserie and the hotel and we are thrilled to be welcoming them to the Chester Grosvenor,” said Mr Slater.
“Their chocolate is second to none and we are looking forward to introducing it to our guests, diners and Chester residents. A new business like this coming to Chester is a massive vote of confidence in the City.
“We never rest on our laurels here at The Chester Grosvenor. By spring next year we will have a new chocolatier tempting everyone, an exciting new look for La Brasserie and a kitchen par excellence for our gifted chefs to work in.”
The Chester Grosvenor will close from January 2-14. La Brasserie and Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor will be closed between January 2 and early March, however, food will be served in the Arkle Bar and Lounge on the first floor.