The partnership follows an agreement between Black and White Hospitality, who own the franchise rights to seven Marco Pierre White restaurant brands, and LGH Hotels Management who manage a portfolio of 18 Holiday Inn and three Crowne Plaza hotels across the UK.
The plans come as both Holiday Inn properties undergo a significant refurbishment to improve the guest experience and importantly upgrade the food and drink offering. The new open lobby dining area at both locations will consist of Marco’s New York Italian eatery, offering a mixture of Italian-inspired dishes and American classics such as pasta, homemade pizza, ribs and New York style cheesecake.
Marco’s New York Italian concept is inspired by his Italian heritage and love for New York, which promises high quality family-friendly food at reasonable prices.
Pierre White said: “I am thrilled to be working with the LGH team and opening new restaurants in Milton Keynes and Brentwood. The essence of my New York Italian is to enjoy your dining experience with excellent food and drink in relaxed surroundings, whatever the occasion, which fits perfectly with the ethos of the Holiday Inn hotels and their new open lobby dining concept.”
Nick Taplin, Pierre White’s business partner, chairman and CEO of Black and White Hospitality, added: “We’re delighted to be working with LGH on such a big food and drink project. We have had great success over the years working closely with hoteliers to transform their restaurant and bar areas and we’re looking forward to getting started with MPW in both Brentwood and Milton Keynes.
“The restaurants are set to be very popular with both hotel guests and local restaurant goers. It is fantastic to be working with a company as professional as LGH and we look forward to many more developments with them.”
Simon Teasdale, managing director at LGH Hotels Management, said: “We are delighted to partner with such a renowned and reputable chef such as Marco Pierre White, a name our guests will be most familiar with.”