When it's time to treat yourself to a spot of fine dining, the Graffiti restaurant at Hotel Felix ticks all the boxes, as Emma Higginbotham discovers.
You know what it's like. When you first start dating, you go to lovely places for dinner, tentatively getting to know each other across a candlelit table-for-two. Then you fall in love, set up home, have kids - and suddenly your restaurants of choice are the ones where you're given a pot of crayons at the door, and chow down on either spicy chicken or something unidentifiable in a burger.
At Hotel Felix we're very proud of our reputation for fine dining and this year we're delighted to announce that our head chef has been selected to appear at IFE - the International Food & Drink Event.
This event which showcases cuisine from around the World took place at Excel in London from 22nd to 25th March. Visitors can enjoy live cooking demonstrations, health & wellbeing presentations and food & drink workshops.
Joining some of the best International chefs, Jose (Graziosi) shared his love of seafood as part of "the skillery" line-up on 23rd March in a demonstration entitled "all about the (sea) urchin".
Read what local magazine Velvet had to say about their recent visit to Graffiti Restaurant here >>>
As Stage 3 of the Tour de France grows ever nearer, the four star boutique Hotel Felix will be holding an exhibition of bicycle-themed art by local artist and keen cyclist, David Mitchell. Already renowned for its contemporary and eclectic collection of art, including works by Mary Clare Cornwallis, Hugh Dunford Wood, Trevor Price and local glass and light artist Chris Wood, amongst others, David’s work creates visual movement in an abstract form which complements the existing collection. The work on show at Hotel Felix represents some of his cycling-based work, including cycling portraits, landscapes and glass work, representing the countryside that David regularly cycles through.
Hotel Felix, one of Cambridge’s first independent hotels has been awarded the 2014 Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is only given to the top 10% of hotels and venues which consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on this travel-related website.
To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
Said Shara Ross, General Manager at Hotel Felix “On behalf of the team, I am delighted to receive this prestigious award. We work very hard indeed to ensure that our customers have a memorable experience and this accolade is testament to the high level of service that we provide.”
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…
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.
|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.|
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.
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”.
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".
The team at Hotel Felix was delighted to learn that the hotel had gained an entry in the latest edition of the New York Times best seller "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" - published in November 2011.
The book was first released in 2003 and has since sold 3 million copies and been translated into 25 languages. It features some really amazing places to visit around the World and to be in such company, we think, is an accolade in itself!