Monday, 5 March 2012

Electric Night at Launch of City's New Hotel, Bar & Restaurant

It was an event not to be missed, a rare moment of glamour in a city, that sadly, all too often, lacks pizazz. The Hilton Doubletree overlooking the Brayford had it's official launch party on Friday night.  

© 2012 Adam Rhoades Photography
The new venture, which opened its doors at the tail-end of last year, has been causing quite a stir on Lincoln's increasingly impressive restaurant and bar scene. Boasting a wide selection of champagnes (at notable reasonable prices), wines and an excellent selection of Cocktails, expertly mixed by well-trained staff, the bar is made all the more desirable by it's impressive location on the fifth floor of the hotel, overlooking the Brayford marina and university campus. Ingeniously accessed via an express elevator from the ground floor, one feels transported to a metropolis like London or New York. 

Through the double doors and you enter the restaurant. Which has a truly magnificent view up to the Cathedral and Castle.  As great as the view is it is the food which excels. The restaurant matching Reform, at the Castle Hotel and The Jews House on the Strait is superb.

© 2012 Adam Rhoades Photography
Head Chef, Mr. Alec Maxfield, has previously worked at Michelin-starred restaurants, and his team can be seen cooking in the kitchen through a large viewing gallery. Restaurant Manager, Mr. Daniel Ralley, said:
“Since we opened, we've received some fantastic feedback from visitors who’ve been blown away by Alec’s innovative style of cooking. 
“Even the ride up to the fifth floor in the express panoramic glass elevator is a unique and memorable experience and gives people a taste of what we have to offer. It’s certainly been a talking point among guests!” 
In these times of austerity the Electric Bar & Restaurant is the place to head during the week. With a introductory menu reasonably priced at £20 per head, for three courses including half a bottle of house wine (and usually including a couple of amuse boosh), such a package is genuinely hard to resist. Mr. Alec Maxfield said:
“Our aim has always been to raise the bar for the quality of service and provision in Lincoln and we’ve done that literally by locating The Electric Bar & Restaurant on the top floor of the hotel.”  
© 2012 Adam Rhoades Photography
The evening was certainly not without glamour. Mr. Gethin Jones, former Blue Peter presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star, attended the event and along with the other local business owners held a toast for the new venue. 

Upon arrival, the strictly by invite only, guests were welcomed onto the red carpet surrounded by a number of glamorous sports cars and offered a glass of champagne. An array of entertainments, including: Dancers, Musicians and Magicians provided amusements throughout the evening  and an open bar, and a seemingly endless stream of delicious morsels emerging from the kitchen help to keep the party going late into the night.

The Electric Bar & Restaurant at the Hilton Doubletree has firmly arrived in Lincoln and promises a bright experience for its patrons.

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