Marco to open in Leicester

January 14, 2015

Well I mentioned the last one, so I suppose I better mention this one. Another Marco Pierre White branded restaurant is to open locally – this time in the City Centre in the Mercure Hotel, known to you and me as The Grand. This time it’s the Marco’s New York Italian concept (be afraid Frankie and Benny’s!), currently providing steaks, pizza, and pasta to hotel guests venues such as such as Exeter Airport and the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth.

The franchise is expressly designed to help hotels turn more of their guests into diners by the promise of a little celebrity stardust and a bit of quality control through operational support. Having stayed and dined for work purposes in many mid-range hotels in English provincial cities, anything that can improve standards would be very welcome and I suspect I’d be only too happy to encounter a decent, straightforward steak rather than the dull attempts at feigning fine dining I’ve often endured.

Marco will visit – it’s more or less promised in the franchise agreement – but obviously that’s about the extent of his involvement. Good news that 20 jobs will be created – here’s hoping that the development company Sanguine Hospitality insist on paying the living wage.  If not, they should do – MPW could always go out and flog a few more stock cubes.


Marco could barely contain his excitement at the thought of opening a restaurant in Leicester







Well, sort of.  It’ll be one of his franchised “New York Italian” restaurants and it will be at the Yew Lodge Hotel in Kegworth, which is definitely just in Leicestershire, but for the purposes of the restaurant is more accurately thought of as a suburb of East Midlands Airport and Donnington racetrack.

This will be the 15th restaurant in the chain and should open in April.  I’ve heard good things about the others. Anyway, watch out for the syndicated interview and recipe with MPW in the Mercury, Derby Telegraph and Nottingham Post around late March.

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