Hotel management company Valor Hospitality Partners has established a dedicated food-and-beverage team to deliver innovative new hotel dining.
The move will create a separate F&B company operating under the Valor umbrella, working on projects in the United States, the UK and South Africa.
A team of industry experts and innovators will be led by Atlanta-based Euan McGlashan, Valor co-founder and managing partner, and will oversee the entire F&B process, from restaurant design and branding to menu curation and staff training.
Leigh Allan will join McGlashan on the team as global director of F&B. Allan brings extensive knowledge and experience of the industry, having worked for world-renowned establishments including Claridges, The Savoy and The Dorchester.
Also on the team is Matt Gray, who will act as global culinary director. Gray has previously worked at the world-famous Inverlochy Castle Hotel in Scotland, leading the hotel to a Michelin Star, which it held for nine years.
The F&B UK team has already delivered the Store Street Exchange and Store Street Craft Bar at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester in the UK, a breakfast through dinner venue, that celebrates the heritage and history of its location and provides a completely new dining experience for the city.
“After watching guests leave their hotels to eat in high-street restaurants, we knew that we could improve our offering to encourage them to stay and to entice people to come in from the street to eat,” McGlashan said. “We want to create dining options that genuinely compete with the high street offering in every aspect, from design and atmosphere, to food quality.”
Valor Hospitality Partners is a hotel advisory, development and management company based in Atlanta and London. Valor owns and/or operates 30 properties in the U.S., U.K. / Europe and Africa, with an additional 11 sites in various stages of negotiation, development, or construction.