St Moritz Hotel in Cornwall has invested in a new purpose-built and designed ‘socially distanced’ restaurant as it prepares to reopen after lockdown.
The new ‘Anti-Social Club’ will comprise 16 private dining rooms, with a maximum of 96 covers, and will operate with multiple dining times, clear guidance and procedures that ensure the 2m distancing rule is adhered to.
Founders of St Moritz Hotel, brothers Hugh and Steve Ridgway and the hotel’s director of restaurant Jonathan Dome devised the new dining concept to create a new ‘bubble’ dining ethos, mixing the elements of private members club, private dining rooms, beach clubs and summer pop-up restaurants.
The summer pop-up restaurant has been specifically designed to ensure that the individual dining rooms all accessed from outside, with the service function being provided from a central atrium, and all food and drink being delivered to the private dining rooms via a set of hatches.
This means that the St Moritz service team don’t need to go into the dining rooms, and the individual, staggered dining times mean that guests won’t run into each other.
Each room can be cleared and appropriately cleaned, then re-set-up, to meet all requirements, between each dining party.
The new space has been designed by Cornish agency Absolute, who provided the original design for the hotel in 2008.
Co-owner Hugh Ridgway says: “Our purposeful architecture allows us to trade our rooms in a safe and socially distanced manner, however we can only sell those hotel rooms if we can feed our guests – and feed them well. Simply reworking our current restaurants and bars, and operating at 30% capacity doesn’t allow that, so our specially-designed summer ‘pop-up’ restaurant, overcomes this obstacle, adding to, rather than detracting from, our stylish, VIP guest experience.”
St Moritz Hotel & Spa intends to re-open all the hotel rooms, self-catering apartments and villas, as well as launch the initial Anti-Social Club summer ‘pop-up’ restaurant, on 4th July, with all operations in line with, or surpassing, all expected Government requirements.