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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
9:00 AM 30th June 2020

UK’s First Covid Proof Restaurant?

Whilst many in the hotel and hospitality industry grapple with the challenge of converting their facilities to accommodate complex social distancing requirements, Cornwall’s leading style hotel has employed the ultimate in coastal blue-sky thinking, announcing the opening of the UK’s first purpose-designed and built ‘socially distanced’ hotel restaurant on July 4th.

The brainchild of founders Hugh and Steve Ridgway, and the St Moritz Director of Restaurants Jonathan Domé, the new summer restaurant will not only surpass the expected Government requirements on safe and socially distanced dining, it will optimise them at every turn, providing a new and exclusive private dining experience for individuals, couples and groups at St Moritz Hotel & Spa.

Nicknamed ‘The Anti-Social Club’, the new dining concept will consist of 16 private dining rooms, with a maximum of 96 covers. Mixing the elements of private members clubs, private dining rooms, cool beach clubs and summer pop-up restaurants, the Anti-Social Club will feature multiple dining times, clear guidance and exacting operating procedures that ensure the two metre rule and new environmental health requirements are met at all times. This will usher in a new ‘bubble’ dining ethos as an exclusive dining opportunity.

The summer pop-up restaurant has been specifically designed to ensure that the individual dining rooms are all accessed from outside, with the service function being provided from a central atrium, and all food and drink being delivered to the private dining rooms via a set of hatches.

The innovative design, and the complementary operational procedures, mean that the St Moritz service team don’t need to go into the dining rooms, and the individual, staggered dining times mean that guests won’t run into each other. The clever set-up also means that every room can be completely cleared and appropriately cleaned, then re-set-up, to meet all requirements, between each dining party.

St Moritz Hotel & Spa intends to re-open all the hotel rooms, self-catering apartments and villas, as well as launch the initial Anti-Social Club summer ‘pop-up’ restaurant, on 4th July, with all operations in line with, or surpassing, all expected Government requirements.

Details: https://www.stmoritzhotel.co.uk/