THE Chester Grosvenor and Spa has broken with tradition by renaming its famous restaurant.
The award-winning The Arkle has been renamed after its long-serving executive chef and is to be called Simon Radley at The Grosvenor.
The revamped restaurant, where mobile phones are banned along with children under 12, has retained its Michelin star for 18 consecutive years under Simon’s leadership.
It is one of only 26 restaurants in the UK to be awarded four rosettes at the AA Centenary Awards in London.
Manchester-born Simon, who started working at The Grosvenor as a junior chef in 1986 at the age of 21, said: “This has been an exciting year for myself and the whole team. The new restaurant is an exceptionally stylish product.”
The adjoining Arkle Bar and Lounge has been transformed into a chic venue serving traditional afternoon teas, light lunches and luxury bar cuisine along with pre-dinner drinks and cocktails. It is described as a contemporary tribute to the iconic Arkle Bar, which closed 20 years ago.
Owned and named after the family of the Duke of Westminster, The Chester Grosvenor and Spa dates to 1865. Its most prestigious restaurant had been named The Arkle after the famous steeplechaser owned by the late Anne, Duchess of Westminster, who in turn had named the horse after the Arkle mountain on the Grosvenor’s Reay Forest Estate in Sutherland.