The glamour of the Alps is being created in Coventry for the winter season with award-winning chef Glynn Purnell making his debut appearance in the city.
The rooftop Generators bar at the new Telegraph Hotel is to be renamed St Moritz – after the Swiss ski resort – and welcome alpine flavour with an outdoor barbecue by the owner of Michelin-starred Purnell’s restaurant in Birmingham.
The bar is to be dressed by the Belgrade Theatre to create the atmosphere of a 1950s après ski bar.
The bar will open in late November and continue at least until the New Year.
Purnell said: “Bringing the Purnell’s brand to Coventry is very exciting, and I am especially looking forward to being able to meet, greet and treat the people of Coventry and the surrounding area.
“My award-winning team and I will bring a stunning pop-up restaurant which will be situated on the roof of the spectacular new Coventry Telegraph Hotel in the city centre. we will serve some fantastic food and drink – a Purnell’s twist on Bavarian-style food, cooked over an open fire, under alpine trees, where we are guaranteed snow every hour!”
The Belgrade Theatre will be creating a swiss chalet from the bar and putting in atmospheric lighting.
A snow machine will provide an hourly dose of powder and there will be temporary canopies, rugs and outdoor heaters for when it really does get cold.
Ian Harrabin of developers CDP, who are working on the hotel, said: “The idea for the bar was sparked by the amazing plans for the ‘Coventry Glides’ ice rink in the Cathedral ruins, which will be truly magical and the best in the UK this year.
“It struck us that many would not be getting their Alpine fix this year, but that we could reproduce the mountain top escapism close to home even if we don’t get any real snow – and the open-air bar allows us to provide a Covid-safe environment.”
The hotel will be offering a package stay including the St Moritz experience which will be announced next week.
For further information about the Telegraph Hotel visit www.telegraph-hotel.com.