Cheshire Flat Cap Hotels Supports Hospitality Action's charity Polo Day | Knutsford Times

Cheshire Flat Cap Hotels Supports Hospitality Action’s charity Polo Day

By on May 5, 2019

Flat Cap Hotels, a collection of bespoke gastro-led heritage hotels, set in Cheshire, will support Hospitality Action’s charity Polo Day, which returns to the Cheshire Polo Club on Sunday 23 June.

Executive Chef, Steven Tuke leads the restaurant team and creative direction across all of Flat Cap’s Grade II listed venues. Joining a stellar-line up of North West chefs, including Simon Shaw of El Gato Negro, Aiden Byrne of restaurant MCR, and Kevin Lynn Chef and Owner of Machine House; Tuke will finish off the day’s proceedings with an impressive Afternoon Tea.

Tuke’s Afternoon Tea will feature a chocolate & toffee popcorn dome with shortbread base, peanut butter and jelly tart, dressed fruit scone with clotted cream & strawberries, and a Victoria sponge opera cake. Flat Cap will also donate a prize for the raffle draw; offering an overnight suite stay and bed & breakfast at each one of its renowned Grade II listed venues.

Hospitality Action is the trade charity offering a crucial lifeline to people of all ages, working and retired, from the hospitality industry. Whether they are approached by a chef, housekeeper, school cook or waiter, Hospitality Action will endeavour to support, whatever the difficulty. In 2018 the charity spent over £70,000 supporting those in need in the North West and they are on track to spend even more this year.

One of the ways the charity raises funds is through its popular Polo Day.  The day will start in style, with gin and tonics, bubbly and canapés on the lawns of the prestigious Cheshire Polo Club and an introductory polo demonstration. Guests will then enjoy an exquisite lunch and afternoon tea from the renowned chefs.

The Flat Cap portfolio comprises of The Courthouse in Knutsford, The Bridge in Prestbury and The Vicarage in Holmes Chapel. Each Flat Cap destination offers something different, from Grade II listed country pubs with luxury accommodation, to an imposing heritage Crown Court building, which once was the location of the infamous trial of Alan Turing.  The charming collection of Cheshire hotels are the innovative conception of brothers Oliver Heywood and Dominic Heywood. 2019 sees Flat Cap add to its Grade II listed venues, with new suites and rooms.

The restored venues are steeped in historical significance and original features. All are food-led destinations, featuring restaurants, bars, pubs and event space, complemented with unique, eclectic décor and accommodation.  The concept for each is simple; incredible local food with effortless grandeur; Steven Tuke champions locally sourced British produce and seasonal menus with an experienced team.

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