Palm Court Restaurant Bar and Piano Lounge opening at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel

19th July 2018

I had the pleasure yesterday of photographing the opening of the Palm Court Restaurant Bar and Piano lounge at the wonderful Grosvenor Pulford Hotel in Pulford, near Chester. If you have never had the privilege of visiting the Grosvenor Pulford, I can only report that it has to be Chester’s most stylish hotel. Work has been ongoing for the past few months to get this atmospheric restaurant ready.

Unique Chester venue

They don’t make restaurants like this any more! Such is the pity. Attention to detail and a wonderful Yamaha grand piano. The food tastes so much better as a result.

The new 180-cover restaurant, designed by Lister Carter seamlessly integrates a leafy tropical garden with a stylish, modern décor. Double-height glass ceilings give an airy, spacious feel, with bubbling fountains bringing the outside in and creating a relaxing dining experience.

Belle Voci

The opening was headlined by the Voice Finalists, Opera Duo Belle Voci, who captivated the invited guests with their powerful yet delicate and pure performance. The acoustics in this place are superb.

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Belle Voci perform at the opening of the Palm Court restaurant.
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They sang a varied program, including ‘SkyFall’ and ‘The Flower Duet’, signature tunes from their appearance on the voice.
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Pianist Chris Turner performs alongside Belle Voci. Chris will perform at the hotel after the opening.

Chris has taken a hands-on role in preparing the Palm Court to deliver the best acoustics possible, and is looking forward to performing there frequently, saying “I’ve played all over Britain and I’ve never seen a set up like this – the time, money and effort gone into it is fantastic – simply marvellous”.

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Strings for weddings added the string section for the opera pair.
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Belle Voci with the Nelson Family at the Grand Opening of the Palm Court Restaurant at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, Pulford, Chester. L-R Harold Nelson Chairman and Founder of Nelson Hotels, Emily Burnette, Sophie Rohan, Sue Nelson, Lucy Nelson.
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Belle Voci chat with Harold Nelson, owner and founder of Nelson hotels and Sue Nelson.
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Belle Voci enjoying the sponsors Laurent-Perrier Champagne whilst chatting with guests after their performance.
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Gogglebox star Eve Woerdenweber and her boyfriend added a touch of reality TV stardom to the evening’s event
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Hollyoaks Actor Nathan Morris and his girlfriend Catherine Stobbs enjoying the Grand Opening

Nathan said of the event “it’s been a fantastic night. The restaurant is amazing and its been a special treat to see Belle Voci perform. I’m looking forward to coming back with a few mates from the show”.

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Dessert canapes being served at the Grand Opening of the Palm Court Restaurant at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, Pulford, Chester.

The 200 guests enjoyed a selection of canapes sampling the Palm Court evening menu, including dishes such as Cured and Confit Trout with Crab Rillettes, and Whipped Goat’s Cheese Bon Bon. Accompanying these culinary delights was champagne from Laurent-Perrier and an exclusive Nelson’s Gin cocktail.

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Amazing food and serviceGrosvenor Pulford Wedding Photography

It was such a lovely atmosphere and relaxed afternoon of entertainment


The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel http://www.grosvenorpulfordhotel.co.uk/gallery/palm-court/

Belle Voci Opera Duet http://belle-voci.com

Chris Turner Pianist http://christurner.org

Professional String Trio, Strings for Weddings http://stringsforweddings.co.uk