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Glasgow set for splash of colour

The new Bacardi Originals range.

Spirits firm has Originals idea

BACARDI has launched two new pre-mixed cocktails for the on-trade.

Designed to help outlets

introduce a cocktail offer, the Bacardi Originals range includes a 5.4% ABV Mojito, which combines Bacardi Superior rum with mint, lime and soda, and a 5% ABV Cuba Libre – Bacardi golden rum mixed with lime and cola. The launch comes in response to what Bacardi describes as a “significant increase” in cocktails in the on-trade. Marketing manager Nik Krys said Originals, which are available in 275ml bottles, will help busy bartenders serve cocktails quickly “without mess, fuss or set-up”. “We are confident that these drinks and the premium packaging will appeal to guys in their early twenties,” said Nik.

“They will help publicans and bartenders to drive sales and profits with a wider choice of great serves.”

No rooms at the inn?

PUB owners are missing out on thousands of pounds worth of business by failing to offer guest accommodation. That’s the claim from tourism and accommodation directory iknow-uk (www., which said “huge demand” for pub accommodation across the UK is outstripping supply. “Pub owners are investing so much time in running their establishment, yet they are missing out on extra business revenue by not offering extras such as accommodation, which is in high demand especially from the lucrative family market,” said MD Marcus Simmons. “Even if you open up just one room, it could be worth thousands of pounds of extra income each year.”

8 - SLTN - February 17, 2011 By Scott Wright

CHARDON Management has revealed its next hotel will pay homage to its home city of Glasgow. Maurice Taylor’s hotel man-

agement firm has targeted a mid-April launch for the open- ing of Hotel Indigo on Waterloo Street. It’s the latest in a portfolio

of more than 35 hotels and restaurants Chardon operates across the UK under a range of brands, including Hilton, Holi- day Inn and Express by Holiday Inn.

The new venture will be the

first in Scotland (and third in the UK) to trade as Hotel Indigo, the boutique brand of the Inter- continental Hotel Group (IHG). And, with the Victorian proper- ty originally home to the city’s first electrical power station, it will include a host of references both to the building’s own his- tory and its home city. The hotel’s standalone bar and restaurant has been named Limelight, and will feature a specially commissioned mural

An artist’s impression of the reception at Hotel Indigo, which is due to open in April.

of famous Glasgow faces. Each of the 100 individually-de- signed bedrooms, meanwhile, will feature scenes of the city in special artworks. Collaborators include Timo- rous Beasties, the celebrated designer which provided the wallpaper for the reception area, licensed trade artists Perfect Circle, and ICA Archi- tects, which drew up the plans.

ICA was recently recognised in the European Hotel Design Awards.

Chardon director Nicola Tay- lor said the building’s history and period features were the inspiration behind the project, into which the firm, with part- ners, has injected £20 million via an investment fund. “It was originally home to Glasgow’s first power station

– the first building it lit up was the Art School and provided the electricity for the trams and the first electric lights – and there will be references to it in the ho- tel,” she told SLTN. “It’s just a beautiful building with lots of original features like cornices and ceilings.” The bar and restaurant,

whose name doffs its cap both to the building’s electrical past and the stars who will adorn it, will be marketed and trade sep- arately to the hotel, following a model Chardon established with the Holiday Inn and La Bonne Auberge on Glasgow’s West Nile Street. “It’s very much a cocktail bar and grill,” Nicola said. “It’s not fine dining. “Yes, it’s somewhere you will

be able to go for a special occa- sion, but you won’t end up with an enormous bill. We want to offer good food, good wine and value for money, without the fine dining experience.” Chardon is due to confirm the management team for the ho- tel, which will employ 100 staff next week.

Hotel on course for new owner

A HOTEL and golf course on the isle of Islay is on the market following the collapse of its par- ent company. Property agent Jones Lang LaSalle is marketing the Mach- rie Hotel and Golf Links with a price tag of £1.75 million. The business is being sold by joint administrators Blair Nim- mo and Tony Friar of KPMG on behalf of Mendougal 21 Ltd. As reported in the January 20 issue of SLTN, the hotel was closed in December with the loss of 15 jobs; three staff were retained to maintain the golf course. Now, with the property on the open market, Jones Lang LaSalle’s Alan Creevy said he anticipates interest from poten- tial buyers around the world. The hotel, which was built some 250 years ago as a farm- house, was converted to a hotel at the turn of the 20th century. It has 16 bedrooms as well as

Creevy said the hotel has the potential to attract a varied cli- entele, including visitors to the island’s many distilleries. “We expect interest in this property and business from across the globe and its loca- tion, in a beautiful island set- ting yet only minutes from Islay airport and very close to the island’s ferry terminal, makes this not only a unique purchase but also a business which has real potential for development and growth,” he said. “The southern Hebrides are

The Machrie Hotel has 16 bedrooms and 15 two-bedroom lodges in the grounds.

a bar, restaurant and function room; there are also 15 sepa- rate two-bedroom self-catering lodges. The golf course, which is said to be listed within the world’s

top 100 links courses, was laid out in 1891 by Willie Campbell. The 6250-yard par-72 course is said to have hosted a competi- tion in 1901 with a £100 prize find – the largest at the time.

very close to the Scottish main- land and there are daily flights from Glasgow to Islay as well as multiple short ferry crossings to the island.

“The Machrie golf course is often quoted within the top 100 links golf courses in the world, with a delightful coastal position on the beautiful isle of Islay.”

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