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Celebrating in style: The George


When it come to quality hotels in the Garden City, it’s not hard to see why The George is at the top of the list.

 

 

Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to consider the plethora of activities available at this time of year. What better place to book your Christmas function when so much thought goes into their functions and events?

Every aspect of The George is quality. Take for instance their high teas, which are popular for family and friend gatherings. Cup and Show Week wouldn’t be the same without a flute of Nautilus bubbles in hand or perhaps a sumptuous breakfast to start the day at 50 Bistro. Then we come, of course, to the accommodation, where all one’s needs are met when a romantic night away or needing to stay in the inner city is on the cards.

 

 

The George is well known for its service and quality on all levels but nothing is more relevant than the standards at Christchurch’s number one fine dining experience, Pescatore. This Christmas, Pescatore is offering a five-course degustation menu for group dining up to 40 guests for the perfect pre-Christmas celebration. If it’s a larger corporate Christmas occasion you are after, there’s a range of recently refreshed event spaces and specially crafted pre-Christmas menus in either buffet or set menu style.

With a range of special functions occurring there is always a reason to savour the pleasure of fine dining whether it’s that important business meeting, a discreet dinner with a client or a romantic couple’s night out.

Located at 50 Park Terrace opposite the beautiful North Hagley Park, The George embodies everything you can dream of in a luxury hotel.

 

 


 

An event to remember: The George


What makes an event or meeting so special that staff, colleagues, clients and guests remember the occasion vividly?

 

 

It is in how you are greeted, exceptional service with a bespoke menu and attention to detail, which the staff at The George take seriously because they want your meeting or event to be flawless.

The experienced staff at The George will make your event easy. With six different meeting spaces of varying sizes – from an intimate and elegant private meeting of up to 16 in The Boardroom at Pescatore, to 90 guests for a sit-down dinner in Parkview, your only decision is when to book.

The appeal of The Residence is in the private and stylish setting that is ideal for any type of function that requires a memorable experience for up to 20 guests, while the Treasury Room may suit for client dinners of up to 35.

Every event from corporate to philanthropic and from family to social is managed with aplomb and the details are professionally managed by in-house experts. Award-winning chefs will create a menu especially for you.

With Christmas fast approaching, remember to get your booking done early to secure the best place and date. Show your clients and staff that you appreciate them by providing unique hospitality that The George is renowned for. The quality of service, experience and attention to detail makes The George stand out. Located opposite Hagley Park and the idyllic river Avon, The George is delightfully yours.

Contact The George today on 03 371 0255 or email conferences@thegeorge.com.

 


 

Putting the mystery in dining


Emphasising the ‘fun’ in fundraiser, Ronald McDonald House’s Christchurch Supper Club annually celebrates Christchurch’s finest dining destinations, with a kind-hearted, essential purpose underpinning each culinary experience: to accommodate and support families who must travel to Christchurch for their child’s medical treatment.

 

Photography by Cassandra Kovacs, CM Photography

 

Dressed in their very best with champagne flutes in hand, guest after guest gathered at the Isaac Theatre Royal on 21 June for the charity’s fundraising event of the year. Not knowing where they’d be dining, the guests awaited the famous mystery draw with anticipation. Which of the 34 unique destinations would be theirs for the evening? Welcome to the excitement of the Christchurch Supper Club!

After listening to Pat Connell share the story of his family’s 229-night stay at Ronald McDonald House South Island, a live fundraising auction took place. A lucky team of eight from Smith Crane & Construction scored the sought-after auction prize of ‘First Choice’, which entitled them to pick any mystery dinner out of the 34 on offer – and their choice? Luxury accommodation venue The Britten Stables, which had been paired with award-winning Chef de Cuisine Ryan Henley of fine-dining seafood restaurant Pescatore at The George.

 

 

The Britten Stables’ co-owner Isabelle Weston says she was “over the moon” to be approached by Ronald McDonald House to host a mystery dinner for the 2019 Christchurch Supper Club. “We are regularly approached by charities and love to support where we can… particularly charities that focus on children.” She expressed she was proud that The Britten Stables was ‘lucky enough’ to be selected for the ‘First Choice’ auction prize and thinks the venue particularly appeals to people because of its rich and unique history.

Whisked away from the pre-dinner function in vintage cars, the eight guests arrived at the magnificent Britten Stables. After they were seated in the sumptuous sitting room, they were served an exclusive seven-dish degustation menu, in line with Pescatore’s typical dining style. Renowned for pushing the culinary boundaries, the contemporary restaurant produces palate-pleasing plates of unparalleled originality and quality – and this evening was no different.

The gastronomic dinner began with the perfect marriage of Wild Venison Tataki and Deer Milk Crisp paired with Black Rice and Soy, followed by the fine flavours of Scampi Sandwich, Kina, Kawa Kawa and Cucumber. Next up was the strikingly sublime combination of Scallop, Nori, Broad Bean Miso and Chive, then an exquisite plate of Slow-Cooked Egg Yolk, Smoked Potato and Oyster.

 

 

Guests marvelled in two more decadent dishes of the savoury variety – Salmon Consommé and Nasturtium, and Confit Groper, BBQ Red Cabbage, Fermented Squid, Clam Cream and Tarragon – before their taste buds were treated to the sweet sensation of Rhubarb Granita, Pistachio, Apple, Yogurt and Mint Lemon.

The 2019 edition of the Christchurch Supper Club proved to be truly unforgettable evening, garnering an outstanding sum of donations totalling more than $105,000. This heart-warming annual event gives dedicated restaurateurs and top chefs the chance to showcase their skills, promote their establishment and deliver delectable cuisine to the people of Christchurch, knowing their contribution helps to house and support over 1200 families annually.

 


 

Beyond the call of duty: The George


When it comes to The George, it’s all about the team behind the name.

 

 

The George is one of New Zealand’s most treasured boutique hotels. It didn’t get to be one of the most recognised hotels for fine dining and luxury hotel accommodation without the tenacious efforts behind the scene of dedicated staff who take pride in bringing the best in hotel accommodation to their guests.

Whether it’s Ryan Henley and his team of top line chefs at Pescatore who brought us May’s decadent degustation collaboration, or Keith Larson – a sommelier of fine distinction with his flair and in-depth knowledge of the world’s finest wines; perhaps it’s Steph Mitchell, the maître d’ who makes sure every aspect of your dining experience is brought to you with the utmost care. Either way, this service starts and finishes the moment you set foot in the hotel.

 

Mark West is the newest member of Les Clefs d’Or and has just received his golden lapel keys. Mark has been part of The George Concierge team for 15 years with his colleague Bryan Wilkinson who has also been an active Les Clefs d’Or member for 13 years.

“When you see a pair of crossed golden keys on the lapel of the concierge at The George, it means they have been rigorously tested and demonstrated a passion and knowledge to deliver excellence above and beyond the call of duty,” explains Brook Serene’s Managing Director Bruce Garrett. It’s a champion team which just happens to be comprised of champions who bring their excellence in service to you, their guests.

 


 

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Timeless Romance: The George


Your wedding planned to perfection; an intimate ceremony and romantic reception with timeless classic details to your exact requirements.

 

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From vintage textures to on-trend splashes of bold colours, you will be spoiled from the moment you arrive to when your guests say farewell. Enter The George, where your personal wishes and vision are made possible with professional wedding planners.

Would you like to arrive by vintage car or in the newest Bentley, or why not serve a cocktail in your favourite colour that will bring joy together with your own unique style? Celebrate family traditions or create your own new rituals to complement the memories that will last a lifetime.

Personal and heartfelt service to suit your style with their commitment to offer the best planning advice is The George’s gift to you. or a day filled with love, laughter, kindness and fun, phone 03 371 0255,

email weddings@thegeorge.com, or visit

www.thegeorge.com/weddings.

 



 

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Meet, dine or celebrate: The George

The George is New Zealand’s most awarded boutique hotel and, when you’re having an event, you want the reassurance that everything will run as smoothly and as seamlessly as possible.

The professional team at The George will not only make it a personalised, easy experience, but you can rely on their expertise for a polished, well-organised function with the style and flair that only one of the Southern Hemisphere’s top hotels can deliver.

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With six meeting spaces, it can cater for a variety of group sizes and requirements. The ideal setting for any function requiring style and elegance, The Residence offers private dining for up to 20. The Boardroom at Pescatore offers private dining space for up to 16 with top chefs providing excellence in food and beverage that can be relied on to cater to the fussiest guest. Parkview caters for up to 90 guests for a sit-down dinner while Treasury Room is ideal for smaller/mid-sized client dinners of 35.

Meanwhile for conferences, The George is equipped with SmartKapp technology – simply link your delegates’ smartphones to the SmartKapp board and enjoy two-way communication and idea sharing.
With Christmas fast approaching, remember to book early to secure the best place. Show your clients that you appreciate them by providing them with the hospitality The George hotel is renowned for. The quality of service, experience and attention to detail are what makes it stand out. Located opposite Hagley Park and the idyllic river Avon, The George is delightfully yours.

Phone 03-371 0255 or email conferences@thegeorge.com.

Pink Ribbon High Tea at The george

High tea temptations: stick your pinkies out for the Pink Ribbon high teas at The George

The new Executive Chef of The George, Antony Page, recently filled us in on the new 50 Bistro winter menu heading our way, when the discussion moved to a charity function that runs close to Metropol’s heart – the Pink Ribbon Breakfast, supporting the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

Pink Ribbon High Tea at The george

The George is getting behind this very worthy cause by throwing a Pink Ribbon High Tea until 15 June. Now you’ll be able to have the opportunity to enjoy something as decadent and delicious as a high tea at The George, while supporting research into breast cancer, with the goal of getting zero deaths from the disease.
You can start your High Tea with a Nautilus Rosé, or tea and coffee. Culinary options on offer include chicken, cranberry and brie sandwiches, carpaccio of beef and horseradish, and smoked salmon and herb cream cheese rolls. Or perhaps you’ll be tempted by the sweet treats like raspberry macaroons, strawberry custard tart or cherry chocolate brownie.
The choices on the menu are extensive yet, with one of Canterbury’s top chefs, Kelly Te Mete, behind the menu design, how could it possibly be anything but stunning? Why not get your BFFs together and make a date from mid-morning till late afternoon by calling The George to book your table?
Any time is a good time for that convivial catch up with the ladies over high tea when you can join with the George in supporting the wonderful endeavour that is the Pink Ribbon Breakfast.

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That something special : Weddings at The George are like a fairytale

Heading our way is the chance to view, meet, plan and book everything The George has to offer on Sunday, 29 April from 11am until 4pm.

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With a glass of champagne on arrival, you will be immersed in some of the finest suppliers in the wedding industry, from dresses, suits and jewellery, to flowers, cakes, shoes, accommodation options and even honeymoon travel.
The George is the convivial place for any function but excels at making that special day something to remember. Discuss your plans for the big day, leave feeling inspired and knowing that your wedding day will be relaxed and memorable and very personal – a day that is delightfully yours.
Enjoy a taste of the luxury and refinement that is The George and get ideas on just how good your special day will be. If you want to find out more, email weddings@thegeorge.com. The George is something special.