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IN THE PRESS!  EASTLIFE FEATURES HOTEL FELIX

As a father of two children, finding ways to amuse them is a constant struggle – especially in the winter. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Hotel Felix had a special “Punting the Backs” promotion in conjunction with a stay in one of their family suites. Just the thing to amuse, stimulate and hopefully wear out the kids…

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HOTEL FELIX COOKS UP A TREAT IN CELEBRATION OF BRITISH FOOD FORTNIGHT

For many, 2013 is proving to be rather a patriotic year. Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, the arrival of HRH Prince George of Cambridge, the 60th Anniversary of The Queen's Coronation and Chris Froome winning The Tour de France all combine to create an atmosphere worthy of celebration. So what better way to express our patriotism than through the celebration of Britain's fabulous food heritage?

This year's British Food Fortnight runs from the 21st September to the 6th October. Now a national institution, it has grown over the years and provides the opportunity to pay homage to the heritage and diversity of the country's great food and iconic recipes. Since its launch, the event has quickly become the definitive national celebration of British food and highlights the health benefits and pleasures of eating quality, fresh, seasonal and regionally distinct produce.

Hotel Felix Head Chef The boutique, four star Hotel Felix in Cambridge will be cooking up some tasty treats, focussing on fabulous seasonal produce, locally sourced. Said newly appointed Head Chef, Ashley Bennett ‘Until recently, there was a tendency to think of British food as a little plain and uninteresting, but it is far from it. Here at Hotel Felix, we are immensely proud of our East Anglian heritage and I source the best local produce to produce inventive and imaginative menus. We are even using the apples, pears and blackberries which are in plentiful supply in our garden.’ The Best of British menu will be served in the award-winning Graffiti Restaurant at lunchtime and in the evening. For more information about British Food Fortnight visit www.lovebritishfood.co.uk.

 
STUDENTS GET A TASTE OF THE ART OF SERVICE

On 19th June 2013 twelve students from Cottenham Village College spent the afternoon learning about the art of service at the four star boutique Hotel Felix in Cambridge. The students are studying a two year BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Hospitality and this activity will enable them to cover practical assignments for two units of the course.
 
Said Head of Hospitality and Food Technology at Cottenham Village College, Luis Cossio “We are very pleased to have been offered this fantastic opportunity.  It will provide our students with invaluable hands-on work experience and put them in good stead for their future careers in hospitality”.   
 
The Year 10 students were given professional barista training by Richard Anness of Matthew Algie, shown how to mix a variety of exciting virgin cocktails using non-alcoholic fresh fruit blends from Norfolk Cordials and given practical training by the team at Hotel Felix. They were also taught how to  meet and greet guests, lay a table, serve correctly, as well as a few tricks in the trade. Said Restaurant Manager, Graeme Lilly “We are delighted to be able to support these students. As part of their training, it is my intention to instil in these young people the passion and commitment  which effortlessly encompasses the true art of service.
The students will return to the hotel on Waiters Day, Sunday 23rd June, where they will welcome friends and family to the hotel and serve them traditional afternoon tea in the Orangery. It is hoped that this training, within a working hotel environment, will put the students in good stead for their future careers in hospitality.
 

INTERNATIONAL DELEGATION PUTS CAMBRIDGE ON MAP

Cambridge was well and truly put the map as eight VisitEngland representatives from Asia Pacific, USA, Brazil and Europe visited Cambridge last week. to visit conference and event venues around the City. The trip was part of the delegates’ remit to market England as a destination for business and leisure tourism.

Organised jointly by Conference Cambridge and Visit Cambridge, the trip included visits to the Møller Centre, Robinson College, West Road Concert Hall, St John’s College and Cambridge City Hotel. Delegates enjoyed a relaxing overnight stay at Hotel Felix, Madingley Hall and The Doubletree by Hilton.

Judith Sloane, Deputy Manager at Conference Cambridge said: “We were delighted to host the Visit England group and to showcase what Cambridge has to offer. We are very grateful to the venues which worked with us to provide meals, refreshments and overnight accommodation. Everyone who came along was very impressed by the wonderful venues we have here.


CHARITY FASHION SHOW RAISES MONEY FOR EACH

Cambridge boutiques Boudoir Femme and Prohibido Lingerie raised over £2,800 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices ( EACH) at a charity fashion show on 4th October.

The event was held at Hotel Felix in Cambridge and showcased the autumn/winter 2012 collections from both award-winning independent boutiques.  Guests were treated to a drinks reception with the hotel’s very own signature cocktails and canapés, followed by the fashion show and a charity auction.

Pippa Sandison, owner of Boudoir Femme said: “The event was full of glamour in the wonderful surroundings of Hotel Felix and was a night to remember for our guests. We are delighted to have raised so much money for such a great cause”.
 

FELIX WINS AWARD FOR UPGRADED DISABLED FACILITIES

On 27th September 2012 Hotel Felix was the only hotel to win one of the Cambridge City Council "Way to Be" Awards. Launched in 2004 these awards are for businesses and services who do most for disabled or older people. The Hotel received the award in recognition of the improvements made to its Junior Suite bathrooms - making them much easier for disabled guests to use.  Shara Ross, General Manager at Hotel Felix responded "we are thrilled to receive this award as we work very hard to ensure that our disabled guests are well catered for and it seems that the investment made in the Junior Suites has paid off. We are certainly welcoming more disabled guests in wheelchairs - many of them more than once when they have experienced the facilities and the care we offer".