The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny is celebrating after being named the only hotel in Wales to have appeared in both the original 1911 Michelin Guide and the current 2011 edition.
This former coaching inn was named one of only 30 hotels in the UK to have earned the achievement as the Michelin Guide celebrates its centenary. The Angel will celebrate the occasion in October with a weekend of 1911-inspired events.
The official celebration party takes the form of a “Vintage Afternoon Tea Dance” on Friday 21 October at 4pm. With live music from Naomi Payne’s Hotsy Totsy Band, which specialises in early 20th century music, sparkling chandeliers and palms in the grand setting of The Angel’s Ballroom, the event will be a step back in time. Guests are even encouraged to wear vintage dress, should they wish, and a dance teacher will be on hand to teach guests traditional ballroom moves including the Fox Trot, the One-Step and the Rag.
The Angel Hotel is widely recognised for its Afternoon Teas, after winning the Tea Guild’s prestigious “Top City and Country Hotel and Tea Award 2011” earlier this year. Served on tiered cakes stands with bone china service and crisp white linen, Afternoon Tea comprises freshly baked cakes and pastries, warm scones with jam and cream, a selection of sandwiches and teas and coffees specially selected by the hotel.
A free talk organised by Abergavenny Local History Society will take place on Saturday 22 October at 10.30am. It will give an insight into life during the early 20th Century in and around Abergavenny. A small exhibition will be mounted, showing how the picturesque town has changed over the years.
William Griffiths, General Manager at the Angel Hotel said: “We are delighted with the hotel’s achievement and thrilled to be a part of the Michelin Guide’s Centenary celebrations. It is such an honour to be one of only 30 hotels in the UK, but it is equally significant to know we are the only one in Wales. We are continuing Abergavenny’s long tradition of providing a warm welcome to tourists.”
“2011 has been a noteworthy year for the hotel. After winning the Tea Guild award, we decided to incorporate our well-known afternoon teas into our Michelin Guide celebrations.
As part of the Michelin centenary celebrations, The Angel has also added 1911 vintage dishes to their lunch and dinner menus. Guests have the opportunity to try flavours that were all the rage in that era - dishes such as Sole grenobloise and the delicious dessert, Charlotte Malakoff (curiously named after the battle in the Crimean war). The 1911 menu is proving popular with guests, and will be offered at the hotel as a celebratory alternative until the end of November.
The Michelin Guide centenary year began in style in January with a special event for Michelin starred chefs at Michelin House in London. The event featured as part of a week of events to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Michelin House, which also saw the 2011 Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland, launched by retiring Michelin Guide Editor Derek Bulmer.
The first edition of the Michelin Guide to the British Isles appeared in 1911 and was offered free of charge and available from all the Michelin tyre dealers and hotels that were listed in it. From the very beginning, the guide placed its emphasis on practical information and was packed with notes on tyres, car engines, routes and distances – with its straightforward advice quickly establishing it as the motorist's constant companion.
The Michelin Guide to the British Isles has undergone a number of changes since that first launch in 1911, with 1974 marking the first appearance of the famed stars – awarded for the quality of the food - that have been such a permanent and important feature of the Guide since. The 2011 Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland features a galaxy of stars in a multitude of establishments; from country pubs to Indian restaurants, and simple bistros to luxurious city restaurants.
The Angel Hotel’s “Vintage Afternoon Tea Dance” will take place from 4:00pm until 6:30pm on Friday 21st October. The event is priced at £23 per person and tables can be reserved by calling 01873 857121.
The Abergavenny Local History Society Talk will take place the following day on Saturday 22nd October at 10:30am. This event is free to the general public, however tickets will be required and can be ordered by calling the above number.