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

Chewton Glen drive sign

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?

Desk - Pencil sketch

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

Cheaper Eats: Robert Thompson at The Hambrough

The old colours of The Hambrough

There is a sense of occasion about taking a ferry or an aeroplane journey, like a holiday or a boy’s own adventure. Be it all of 35 minutes, the ferry ride to the Isle of Wight  just seems like it transports you back to your childhood. I was never fortunate enough to come here for … Continue reading

The Von Essen House of Cards.

Business cards & contacts

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

Recruitment Coup for Von Essen.

Business cards & contacts

There has been a major coup at senior management level in the UK hotel market. The recent rapid expansion of the Von Essen Hotel Group has reportedly left Chairman Andrew Davis allegedly looking for new investors. The Von Essen hotel group was founded in 1996 with the help of a trust fund from Mr Davis’s … Continue reading