Von Essen, lets hope the end is nearly in sight….

At the time of writing this The Times had just pipped me to the post on naming that the owners of Chewton Glen had purchased not one, but both the jewels in the crown of the crumbling Von Essen empire. Catey Hotelier of the year Andrew Stembridge will, as Managing Director for the exclusive Hampshire … Continue reading

Is the end in sight for the sorry tale of von Essen?

For what seems like an eternity, the story of Andrew Davis & von Essen hotels  has been rumbling on. Whether it’s a character assassination in the case of the Daily Mail or more sturdy reporting in the case of The Times on June 16th by Dominic Walsh . The closing date for sealed bids was … Continue reading

Surprise Appointment at Coworth Park

This lunch time ‘The Chef Hermes blog’ received some surprise news. After the post not so long a go about the restructuring in the kitchens of The Dorchester Collection’s latest country outpost, it all seemed a done deal. John Campbell would move to a 3 day a week consultancy role to oversee the eponymous restaurant … Continue reading

The Von Essen House of Cards.

As many of you will be aware in the last couple of weeks saw the demise of the von Essen Holding Company. The company had been set up by Andrew Davis fell in administration with debts rumoured to be in the region of £220 – £250 million. Ordinarily I wouldn’t really bothered doing a post … Continue reading

John Campbell & Coworth Park.

Earlier on in the month The Chef Hermes blog received news that former two Michelin star chef John Campbell had parted company with Coworth Park. Now after sitting on this story for 3 weeks the blog is going to do it’s best to set the record straight. Mr Campbell, as of April 1st, is now … Continue reading