SSE Green Electricity

We are excited to share that we now have our SSE Green Electricity certificate meaning all our electricity is 100% renewable, clean electricity, generated by wind and hydro assets. It is renewably sourced and can be reported with zero carbon emissions under the GHG Protocol market-based method.

This wintertime we have also installed 3 phase electricity for the first time which has enabled us to move fully to induction cooking technology in the kitchens. This investment reduces our energy consumption whilst moving us from LPG to green energy for the first time. Our chefs are also happy working in a cleaner, safer and cooler kitchen working environment.

We are really proud of these new Green Energy Credentials which sit alongside our arrays of Solar Panels and Biomass Heating & Hot Water System which we invested in many years ago.

High Speed Broadband

We are thrilled to announce we now offer high speed broadband through the installation of a fibre cable this wintertime. The new fibre runs 2 miles from the telecoms exchange in the market town of Narberth. This investment has transformed our internet speeds from 4.66 Mbps to 300 Mbps, dramatically enhancing our guests experience.

It’s been a long time coming but even in this relatively remote rural location we are becoming bang up to date. We look forward to welcoming our guests back to Grove in the near future.

We now aim to work towards the installation of smart TV’s in every room so that guests can easily access their personal entertainment package. Our next project…

New Rooms

We are delighted to share we are completing the refurbishment of the original house bedrooms.

In January we started the project to refurbish the original house bedrooms with the help of our dear friends Martin Hulbert and Jay Grierson. These works included the complete remodelling of the spaces to introduce sound & fire proofed ceilings and floors, and enlarged bathroom spaces to accommodate double ended baths and separate monsoon showers. We are also excited about the addition of an exceptional new suite with double aspect views of our delightful gardens. Martin and Jay’s scheme gently focuses on the original details that make these spaces so special whilst bringing the rooms to a whole new quality level for our guests.

Our owners Zoe & Neil love a project, and with hindsight they would be the first to accept that we could not chosen a worse time to start this latest one. The emergence of the Coronavirus bringing the works swiftly to a halt just a few weeks prior to their planned launch at Easter. Since the lockdown started we have slowly tried to complete the works, so that only second fix electrics and plumbing remain to be done.

We are now looking forward to the day when we can safely welcome Martin, Jay and their team who will add their layers of handmade furniture, fabrics and crafts to bring their designs to life just prior to reopening.

Watch this space for more pictures of the refurbishment once we have completed the final fit out work.

New kitchen refurbishment

We are delighted to have reopened after a short break this January following a complete kitchen redesign led by Executive Chef Douglas Balish.

In a bid to support the team by creating innovative work spaces, the refurbishment includes new floors, work tops and the installation of a state of the art cooking suite by Control Induction. The bespoke UK built stove consists of eight induction hobs, four Plancha cook plates and a ‘quick therm’ salamander grill, using infra-red technology.

Emphasising our commitment to sustainability, this new cooking suite not only improves the cooking environment at the Grove but also helps reduce energy consumption creating a cooler kitchen environment by moving from LPG to electric.

Executive Chef Douglas Balish said :

“The new kitchen allows us to develop new techniques and push the food offering further than ever before for our Fernery restaurant and Artisan Rooms. We are very lucky to now have one of the best kitchens in the country and I hope we can do it proud.”

Works are also underway in further projects we are once again working with acclaimed UK interior designers Martin Hulbert and Jay Grierson, as they reinvent 5 rooms in the original house.

Grove wins AA Hotel of the Year for Wales

We are delighted to announce Grove of Narberth has been named Hotel of the Year for Wales 2019/20 at the AA Hospitality Awards held in London this week .

The 2019 AA Hospitality Awards event was hosted at Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel in London and was attended by world-renowned chefs, prominent hoteliers and restaurateurs, hospitality gurus and key media, with celebrity host Kate Silverton.  The event recognises and rewards the excellent services provided by the very best establishments, in addition to acting as the initial high-profile launch of the latest editions of the AA’s range of lifestyle guides.

General Manager of the Grove, Thomas Agius Ferrante said:
“The team work tirelessly to constantly enhance every aspect of the guest experience at our lovely hotel in the Narberth hills.  Achieving this accolade is real acknowledgment of the quality they consistently deliver.  Everybody here is both delighted and very proud and it felt a real honour to celebrate the evening with so many people from the industry.”

Grove receive 5 star hotel status

We are delighted to announce we have been awarded a 5 star hotel status by tourism governing body, Visit Wales.

Grove is the 4th hotel in Wales to achieve 5 stars and the first hotel in South West Wales to achieve this accolade. This week, Deputy Minister for Culture Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas visited the hotel to congratulate the team. The 5 star status comes from a nationwide quality assessment scheme where all accommodation is assessed to the same criteria with the stars reflecting the facilities and overall quality of the experience.

The hotel is privately owned by Neil and Zoe Kedward and since taking ownership in 2007 as a derelict building, they have renovated and upgraded the property to create a 26 bedroom luxury country house hotel.

The couple have expanded their business and since launched The Seren Collection, a unique collection of high quality hospitality venues in South West Wales which also includes Coast Restaurant in Saundersfoot and Beach House in the Gower Peninsular.

Lord Elis-Thomas, said:

“I’m delighted to get this opportunity to announce that The Grove is a 5 star hotel – and to congratulate the team on this achievement. This is excellent news for Pembrokeshire – and for Wales, high quality products such as The Grove is what keeps Wales competitive. Being awarded 5 stars is no mean feat, and is a true reflection of the hard work and dedication of Neil, Zoe and their team to deliver the best possible experience to their visitors.”

Neil Kedward, Managing Director, Seren Collection said:

“Grove has a special place in our hearts as it is where our journey in South West Wales started for Zoe & I.   It has been a long and winding road and for that reason we feel it’s very important to acknowledge the huge contribution of the current team, all previous staff and our local suppliers and contractors.   There are many steps that we have taken over the last 12 years to take this property from a derelict unloved house to a high quality hotel, and without their support this would have not been possible.  Zoe & I were once told that the ‘Grove could never be a hotel’, we are delighted that not only have we been able to prove them wrong, but we have achieved 5 star status which is the benchmark that any hotelier aims for.”

Watch out for more news about exciting new developments and significant further investment from the Grove of Narberth team in the very near future.

New Executive Chef Douglas Balish

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed the incredibly talented Douglas Balish who will join the team as the new Executive Chef on May 1st. Douglas will take over the reins from Allister Barsby who is moving to Kent to open his first solo restaurant venture in Hythe in June.

Born in Scotland, Douglas began his career in Ayrshire before gaining a wealth of experience in some of the top ranked restaurants in the UK including Bohemia and Whatley Manor, as well as the world-renowned Quay restaurant in Sydney. He joined The Tudor Room in 2014 and was first awarded a Michelin Star in 2016 which he still holds today. The restaurant was also awarded 4 coveted AA Rosettes in 2018.

General Manager of the Grove of Narberth, Thomas Agius Ferrante said: ‘Dougie is an exceptional talent and a lovely chap to boot. He was the perfect fit for our business and has the proven ability to inspire the team to progress the quality standards here at the Grove. His desire to be working with us in Pembrokeshire and his palpable enthusiasm for our product was sincere and refreshing.’

Congratulations to both Allister and Dougie.

Join us for Allister’s Farewell Dinner Celebration on May 2nd. Click here for more details.

Allister’s Last Supper

Thursday 2nd May

This May Executive Chef Allister Barsby will be leaving the Grove of Narberth to open his own restaurant in the small coastal market town of Hythe.

Allister joined the Grove in January 2016 and during his time in Pembrokeshire he has raised the Good Food Guide cooking score to 6 in the restaurant and retained 3 AA Rosettes.

Join us in celebration for Allister’s last supper before he hands over the reins to our new Executive Chef Douglas Balish, and enjoy a beautiful 6 course Tasting Menu full of his favourite dishes.

6 courses, £59pp.

To join us please call 01834 860915 or email reservations@grovenarberth.co.uk

Grove appoints Thomas Agius Ferrante as General Manager

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Thomas Agius Ferrante as our Hotel General Manager who joined us in February.

Thomas arrived from The Phoenicia in Malta where he was Hotel Manager. This iconic 5-star historic hotel flanks the main gates of the capital Valletta and is a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ consortium. Thomas started his career as a kitchen chef before moving into senior management roles first at One Aldwych and then at The Berkeley where he spent 7 years latterly as the Food & Beverage Operations Manager.

Managing Director Neil Kedward says, ‘We are absolutely delighted to have found Thomas. He is a true career hotel professional with a fabulous management pedigree working in world class hotel venues widely respected for their levels of customer service. Grove of Narberth is a food led venue and so his strong F&B background and sincere interest in food at this level clearly set him apart. Thomas is a warm personality, hugely intelligent and loves change. This together with his demonstrable grasp of the numbers and the commercial reality of what we do means that he is perfectly equipped for the many challenges of a modern hotelier. Thomas is the right individual at the right time to take us confidently into the future’.

Thomas Ferrante says, ‘I am really excited to be joining the Grove, a beautiful hotel in a stunning part of the world. It is a marvellous opportunity to work with the excellent team at the Grove to continue to deliver Zoe and Neil’s vision for this wonderful, warm and individual property.’

 

 

Winner in The Sunday Times

We are delighted to be named as Regional Winner for Wales in The Sunday Times Travel Top 100 British Hotels.

Full Article from The Sunday Times Travel Top 100 British Hotels.

“A 10-year transformation has turned a whitewashed 18th-century house from derelict to decadent. The last piece in the jigsaw was added this Easter with the renovation of the public sitting rooms and bar, overseen by Martin Hulbert, whose CV includes Chewton Glen, Cliveden and Coworth Park. The Grove is every bit as glamorous as those famous names, but a night here is considerably more affordable, and the new look celebrates the hotel’s Welsh heritage in style.

The sitting rooms now have tactile traditional blankets. Soulful contemporary local landscapes, handcrafted love spoons and hand-stitched antique lace are on the walls. There are flamboyant displays of wild flowers, earthenware pots that look 10 months pregnant, chunky wicker baskets stuffed with logs, and comfy sofas and armchairs that are the same mossy colours as the Preseli Hills, which you can see through the window.

The bar is moodier, thanks to black church benches and spindle-backed chairs bulging with over-plump cushions. Again, there is a great sense of place, with monochrome photographs of local scenes and even big chunks of coal encased in a glass display table.

And the bedrooms? Choose between the period drama of those in the main house or the glossy modernity of the suites in the cottages, a couple of minutes’ walk away. All have charm, though dinky terraces and balconies make the cottages more tempting.

The latest renovation also introduced a more informal dining option, allowing Allister Barsby, previously head chef at Gidleigh Park under Michael Caines, to demonstrate that he can turn his hand to casual eating as well as fine dining. So, while the main restaurant, Fernery, decorated with hand-pressed ferns from the garden, showcases his skill with dishes such as duck with roasted fennel and chorizo jam, a rib-eye steak in the laid-back Artisan Rooms hits the spot nicely, too.

The turndown gift of a packet of seeds from the kitchen garden to plant back home is a thoughtful touch.”

Source : Susan d’Arcy, The Sunday Times

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-grove-pembrokeshire-best-british-hotels-9w9rct7th