Grand Hotel Eastbourne – Success on a grand scale
Award-winning Eastbourne restaurant The Mirabelle at The Grand Hotel has reopened following a two-month, £200,000 refurbishment.
Already one of the most popular fine-dining restaurants in Eastbourne, the 2-AA Rosette Mirabelle now has a stylish new décor, with a blue, grey and gold colour palette reminiscent of the beachfront landscape directly opposite the restaurant, accentuated with striking new lighting fittings and crisp white table linens.
The refurbishment represents a new dawn for the award-winning restaurant, following the appointment of head chef, Stephanie Malvoisin, who joined the team at The Grand in 2017 after three years as head chef at Laura Ashley The Manor Elstree and seven years at The Goring.
As part of the refurbishment, the private entrance hallway leading to the Mirabelle has also been redecorated, and the dedicated Mirabelle kitchen received a complete overhaul with a new layout and equipment including the latest induction cookers which will substantially reduce the hotel’s energy usage and carbon footprint.
The project work was carried out by local building contractors Cornerstone, with over 1,200 man-hours spent ensuring perfection.
General manager of The Grand Hotel, Jonathan Webley, said: “The refurbishment of the Mirabelle restaurant has brought it up to date, with a fresh, modern design that’s still in-keeping with the luxurious and historic grandeur of the rest of the hotel.
“The new look of the restaurant perfectly complements the exciting menus being created by head chef Stephanie Malvoisin, which put a fresh interpretation on classic dishes.
“We received more than 2,000 booking enquiries during the period the restaurant was closed for the refurbishment, which is testament to its enduring popularity with Eastbourne regulars, as well as the growing national interest in the Mirabelle as a destination restaurant.”
Managing director of Elite Hotels Graeme Bateman said: “I am delighted to see the Mirabelle re-open following the refurbishment. The transformation is stunning and has fulfilled our aim to embrace our classical heritage with a contemporary twist to the interior design, providing for fresh new look.”
The Grand Hotel Eastbourne, affectionately known as ‘The White Palace’, stands imperiously on the Eastbourne seafront and known for its warm and welcoming hospitality.
The 152-room hotel offers guests two in-house restaurants, relaxing health club facilities with both indoor and outdoor pools and breath-taking views of Eastbourne’s iconic coastline.
Awards won by The Grand Hotel include the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2016; Best Champagne List Award at the Champagne Taittinger Awards in 2015; Springboard INSPIRE accreditation in 2016; Wedding Dates Top Rated Wedding Venue in East Sussex in 2015 and featuring in The Caterer and People Cubed’s Best Places to Work in Hospitality in 2016.
A small, independent UK based hotel group, Elite Hotels, owners of the Grand Hotel Eastbourne, has been investing in some of the UK’s most beautiful historic houses since 1986. The first of which was Tylney Hall Hotel, Hampshire, followed by Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, East Sussex, The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne and Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, Bedfordshire.
Each of the four Elite Hotels is a member of Small Luxury Hotels, a prestigious consortium representing over 500 of the best independent hotels in 70 countries.
Cornerstone Building Contractors Ltd
Cornerstone Building Contractors Ltd undertake most aspects of building and decoration works, but with a specific focus on external & interior refurbishments for hotels, schools, colleges, local Council properties, hospital and managing agents. The company was established in November 2010, but the three directors of the Company have worked together for many years.
Since their inception, Cornerstone Building Contractors Ltd has worked on a variety of prestigious schemes, including the £1.1m internal refurbishment of the Department Of Psychiatry Eastbourne DGH for NHS Partnership Trust and the £100k external refurbishment of Hillbrow Building Eastbourne, for the University of Brighton. Additional projects have included St Raphaels Ward Conquest Hospital Hastings, Lewes & Eastbourne Libraries and three assisted living properties in East Sussex.
More recently, Cornerstone Building Contractors Ltd was appointed as the main contractor on The Grand Hotel project to deliver the Mirabelle Restaurant. The company was responsible for general repairs, electrical alterations, the installation of new fittings and all redecoration works. The only element of the project that Cornerstone Building Contractors Ltd was not involved with was the new bespoke furniture and the new carpet/flooring.
Stuart McCaffrey, Cornerstone Building Contractors Ltd, said:
“For several years now we have carried out phased external redecoration and repairs for the Grand Hotel so we were delighted when we were asked to be involved in the refurbishment of the Mirabelle Restaurant. We worked closely with their management team to agree cost, final design and program and we are very proud to have been involved and to help maintain such a prestigious building.”
“At Cornerstone Building Contractors Ltd, we offer a quality service to the local community and businesses in Sussex. Our customers can expect the highest standards of craftsmanship, whether we’re building an extension, remodelling a bathroom or extending a loft.
“Our reputation for distinctive work and unparalleled quality is based on three guiding principles: Attention to detail, clear communication and the quality of our people and materials.”