DUKES Wins European Boutique Hotel Award at World Travel Awards

DUKES ST. JAMES LONDON is delighted to announce its success at the World Travel Awards on Saturday 6th October, with the hotel being awarded the respected title of ‘European Boutique Hotel Of The Year’.

Debrah Dhugga with the coveted "Europe's Leading Boutique Hotel" Award.

Debrah Dhugga with the coveted “Europe’s Leading Boutique Hotel” Award.

General Manager Debrah Dhugga attended the awards which were held in Portugal on behalf of DUKES ST. JAMES LONDON and commented, ‘Myself and the DUKES ST. JAMES LONDON team are absolutely thrilled to be awarded such a fantastic and prestigious title. After DUKES’ success at the World Travel Awards last year, where we received two awards, including ‘England’s Leading Boutique Hotel’, we are delighted that DUKES has been recognized yet again, this time, as ‘European Boutique Hotel Of The Year’.

DUKES ST. JAMES LONDON is tucked away in a cobbled court yard off St James’ and is a member of the prestigious, Small Luxury Hotels of The World. To book please visit www.dukeshotel.com or contact the DUKES reservation team on 020 7491 4840.

Three AA Rosettes and Five Red Stars for Dukes at AA Hospitality Awards

We are delighted to announce Nigel Mendham’s success at this year’s AA Hospitality Awards. Competing against some of London’s best chefs and restaurants, Nigel was extremely proud to be awarded three AA Rosettes for outstanding service and food. In a second win, we were also named a ‘Five Red Star Hotel’ therefore receiving the highest accolade a hotel can achieve and making us the real stars of the night.

Five AA Red Stars are only ever awarded to the very best hotels where ‘impeccably dressed staff provide attentive and unobtrusive service. All bedrooms have an en suite bathroom with a bath and thermostatically controlled shower and meals are cooked and presented to an excellent standard using high quality ingredients.’

AA Winners are selected in recognition of excellence and success within their award category, proving their dedication to raising industry standards and enhancing both their guest and diner experiences. It is for this reason that both Nigel and ourselves are extremely proud of winning these prestigious awards.

At Thirty Six, Nigel Mendham strives to serve dishes which are created using the finest quality seasonal and where possible, locally sourced produce, pairing this with an extensive wine list and excellent service, to create a fine dining experience for all tastes.

Nigel Mendham’s new dishes for the autumn season include:

Goat Cheese Flan, variations of beetroot, celery sorbet

Line caught Sea Bass, white crab cannelloni, organic carrot, courgettes

Spring Chicken Pie, young leeks, sage & onion

Turbot Salsify, foraged mushrooms, parsley puree, roast chicken jus

Previously employed as head chef at The Samling Hotel in the Lake District, Nigel Mendham’s cuisine has in the past been awarded three AA rosettes, three red stars and a Michelin star in 2010. Considering this, Nigel commented:

“Starting at Thirty Six was an exciting transition for me, having worked for most of my career in the countryside. However, I was determined to win back the recognition and awards base I had built up at The Samling, here in London. Being awarded three AA rosettes at a restaurant that has my name on the door is a real honour and I hope it will provide benefits for everyone involved with the restaurant and DUKES.”

Debrah Dhugga, General Manager of DUKES also mentioned,

Nigel’s well recognised food is some of the best in Britain and DUKES is delighted to have him on board as executive Head Chef of THIRTY SIX. Nigel’s food is both stunning in presentation and taste and we are thrilled that the AA has acknowledged this.

We are also delighted that the AA has added to Nigel’s success by awarding DUKES with a ‘Five Red Star’ title; which we would not have received without the hard work and dedication of all hotel and restaurant staff.”

To make a reservation at DUKES ST. JAMES LONDON or Thirty Six By Nigel Mendham please call 0207 491 4840.