Mercure Milton Keynes Abbey Hill Hotel announces launch

The new Mercure Milton Keynes Abbey Hill Hotel, formerly the Abbey Hill Hotel, is being launched following a refurbishment that has cost £1.5m.

The Mercure brand has announced that its latest property, in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK, features a decorative theme throughout its public spaces that is inspired by nature. This includes the hotel’s 60-seat restaurant, 50-person capacity bar and lobby area, and its 88 bedrooms. For business guests and private functions, the hotel can also provide five state-of-the-art meeting rooms.

The hotel is located conveniently close to Milton Keynes town centre, five minutes’ drive from the town’s railway station, and adjacent to the Abbey Hill Golf Course.

Guests have the option of booking one of the hotel’s 12 Privilege rooms, which offer 28 square metres of accommodation with views across the golf course, super-king size beds, a complimentary mini-bar, Nespresso coffee maker, bathrobe and slippers, additional toiletries, a Jacuzzi bathtub and a sofa seating area.

Meanwhile, the hotel’s new restaurant, Moltens, will introduce an interactive dining experience this February, with diners able to cook their own choice of meat or fish on volcanic slates that are heated to 440 degrees C. The restaurant intends to cater for the more adventurous meat eater by this summer with the introduction of venison, ostrich and crocodile to the menu, but will also offer a full range of vegetarian options.

Nazim Manji, chairman and CEO of Clubhouse Group, owner and operator of the new Mercure property says, ‘After months of hard work we are thrilled to be unveiling the newest hotel in the thriving business hub of Milton Keynes, which is said to become one of England’s largest cities by 2031. The hotel was one of the first purpose built business hotels in Milton Keynes around 1987, so we are pleased to be carrying on the legacy. The new facilities will better serve our business market whilst also appealing to those that visit the region’s many attractions at weekends.’

Jonathan Sheard, managing director of operations for MGallery and Mercure Hotels, Northern Europe, commented, ‘The Mercure Milton Keynes Abbey Hill Hotel is a fantastic addition to the growing Mercure network in the UK. Each Mercure hotel has its own unique story and this hotel is no different. We are very pleased to welcome it on board.’

Milton Keynes Flexes its Cultural Muscles

Milton Keynes, in Buckinghamshire, UK, has been expanding its horizons and hosting a number of cultural events and activities this summer, continuing over the coming weeks.

A town that has seen continuous growth since being classified by the government as a ‘New Town’ in the 1960’s, to help cater for the population overspill from London, Milton Keynes has been chosen as the headquarters for a number of major businesses and organisations, including the Open University.

The Milton Keynes Summer of Culture 2012 Exhibition is currently open until September 21 at the town’s Central Library. Celebrating the major events and organisations that are unique to Milton Keynes, the exhibition looks at the past, present and future heritage, arts, sports and wider cultural stories. The exhibition is free, although there may be charges for some activities, and it promises an engaging look at Milton Keynes with family fun activities along the way.

Also free of charge is the open-air cinema in Campbell Park on August 18 and 19. No booking is necessary, with those attending recommended to bring their own chair. Details of the family films to be screened are available at www.theparkstrust.com.

The Stony Paint Jam also takes place on August 18 and 19 at Stony Stratford. The free to attend event will see artists gathering en masse to create joint murals in public spaces.

Milton Keynes multicultural diversity will be on show at the EF Festival, which take place in Campbell Park on August 25 and 26. The EF festival will showcase the best Islamic artists in the UK in calligraphy, geometric art design and fashion. Audiences will engage in workshops, performances, shows and exhibitions. Once again, the event is free to attend.

Adhering to the multicultural theme, Milton Keynes offers an eclectic range of restaurants that draw their culinary inspiration from across the globe. Southern and Eastern European, Asian and American kitchens are all represented in the town, with one restaurant, the Red Hot World Buffet, offering buffet-style choices from several cultural destinations all under one roof.

Situated on Savoy Crescent in the town’s Theatre District, the Red Hot World Buffet includes dishes on its menu from China, Japan, Thailand, India, Mexico and Italy. The restaurant also has live counters, including a made to order Chinese stir-fry bar where diners can choose their own fresh meats and vegetables, which are then prepared by the chef.

Whether it is portraying its culture or providing fine-dining opportunities, Milton Keynes is upping its game this Olympic summer. Just 50 miles from the bustle of London, it is ready to offer visitors its own alternative take on the British way of life.