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Monday, 7 August 2017

The Plumpy Duck is new on the bill at Bowfield Hotel

The Plumpy Duck is new on the bill at the Bowfield Hotel

The Bowfield Hotel & Country Club in Howwood, Renfewshire has welcomed a new feathered friend. A new restaurant called The Plumpy Duck has opened for business.

This is part of a £1.5million redevelopment programme which also includes The Stables Bar.

The newly opened restaurant is a completely new addition for the Bowfield Hotel, while The Stables is a refurbishment and refit of an existing bar, which leads into an exclusive, welcoming eatery with an upmarket country feel. The name The Plumpy Duck was derived to create a separate identity and personality for the restaurant while The Stables is a nod to the hotel’s heritage as an equestrian centre.

The dark wood, copper lighting and exposed brickwork give a cosy intimate feel. The large restaurant space includes clever paneling incorporating open wrought iron. This creates an intimate private dining experience while still allowing visitors to feel part of the overall atmosphere. There are also some large booths which allow for couples and groups to have a little more seclusion. Chocolate brown leather sofas and high-backed armchairs give a relaxed sitting room vibe, and furniture which includes some wooden sideboards could have come from your living room. The overall ambience feels comfortable, a home-from-home that you’ll easily settle into.

The menu offers wholesome dishes such as steak and ale pie, roast chicken, haddock and pork belly. There’s also tempting steaks and burgers from the grill, as well as a good selection of fish including langoustines, rainbow trout and mussels. Many of the specials will serve up some succulent duck options.

The redevelopment at the Bowfield Hotel has been taking place in carefully timed phases to allow the hotel to remain open for its members and visitors while work is ongoing.

The new restaurant, kitchen and refurbished bar is the first phase of the development to be completed. Phase two has already started and is due for completion at the end of September. This second phase includes an extension to the existing spa facilities. This will mean the addition of seven individual treatment rooms, together with a new relaxation area which will accommodate six beds and take advantage of the private seclusion of the hotel and stunning countryside views.
There will be an internal sauna with a glass wall, where you can enjoy the view and still feel warm dry inside. For those wanting to experience the fresh air – there’s an external Jacuzzi. This outside Jacuzzi will be large enough to comfortably accommodate 10 people and will be protected with a roof over the top. It will feel like a total escape from the city as the quiet seclusion gives way to the amazing views over the hills and beyond.
To accommodate all the Bowfield’s customers, which includes gym members and visitors attending functions and weddings, the reception area is being reconfigured to allow for two different reception entry points. A new reception area will be constructed to allow members of the spa and gym their own separate access leading directly to the leisure club. Current gym memberships total nearly 2,000 members, which is a considerable increase from 950 when the Manorview Group bought the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club in 2012.
In addition to the new reception areas, bar, restaurant, kitchen and spa developments, attention will also be given to the exterior of the building. This will include external cladding, new roofs and an external beer garden. Looking further ahead – work will be starting on a new function room in January 2018, and there are plans to create an additional honeymoon suite.

The Bowfield Hotel & Country Club is a unique project for the Manorview Group, as it came with quite a few challenges.

The infrastructure is complex as the hotel has its own water supply, which comes from a well and via a specially designed infiltration system. The Manorview Group had to conjoin an old complex infrastructure with a completely new system, which lead to the Group installing a biomass plant in 2015 to handle heating and hot water. The hotel currently operates its own renewable heating system.

Anthony Cowley, Property Development Director for the Manorview Group said, “The Bowfield Hotel has probably been our most challenging project to date. The infrastructure we inherited was complex and we had quite a few hurdles to overcome to get to this stage of our redevelopment. We’ve planned this project strategically with the aim of ensuring minimal upheaval to our visitors.”

Craig Stewart, General Manager, The Bowfield Hotel said, “The restaurant and bar are stunning, and offer great food in a relaxing atmosphere. We’ve already had lots of positive feedback. I’m delighted we can offer this level of service and dining to our visitors, and I’m excited to see all the future developments unfold”.

 

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