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  • Birmingham to Brighton and back in 35 years

    Daniel Fountain
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    Heritage Silverware has restored and returned a piece of dining room history to one of Britain’s most magnificent hotels.The Birmingham-based family business painstakingly repaired a beautiful roast beef carving trolley for The Grand Hotel in Brighton – 35 years after it was first manufactured by Heritage Silverware Managing Director Martin McDonagh.

    Used regularly in the busy dining rooms of the stunning 200-bedroom Victorian seafront hotel – renowned for its classic British cuisine – the trolley was included in the multi-million pound refurbishment programme by owners Devere Group.

    Locating and using the original old dies and tools, which are now held at the Heritage Silverware’s unassuming factory in Small Heath, the company completely dismantled the carving trolley before remaking missing, broken and worn parts then polishing and re-silvering the iconic piece which is now back in use.

    Martin McDonagh said: “It was a privilege to be involved in such a unique project. I clearly remember the first time I delivered the trolley to The Grand. We are delighted to continue our close links with the hotel.”

    Devere Group has also placed an order with Heritage for over 4,000 pieces of new silver cutlery and holloware as well as a complete new set of china for the hotel’s famous afternoon tea service.

    Paul Boyce, Director of Devere Group said: “We were delighted to award this contract to a British company that we have worked with for many years.

    “The team at Heritage have always listened and understood our briefs, come up with the most innovative ideas and produced the highest quality products. We look forward to continuing our successful business relationship with them.”

    Heritage Silverware was founded in 1976 and includes London’s exclusive Ritz and Dorchester hotels, as well as The Orient Express amongst its clients worldwide.

    Daniel Fountain / 01.05.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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