Michelin Guide result calls for celebration at Eastbourne’s Grand Hotel

Coachmen outside their stand in front of the hotel.
Coachmen outside their stand in front of the hotel.
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EASTBOURNE’S Grand Hotel is celebrating after being named as one of an exclusive group of 30 hotels across the UK to have appeared in the first edition of the world’s most famous food guide and still be listed in the 2011 centenary edition.

To mark the achievement the hotel is hosting a special dinner to mark the 100th anniversary of the Michelin Guide.

The Grand Hotel and gardens in the early 1900s.

The Grand Hotel and gardens in the early 1900s.

The event, being held in the Mirabelle Restaurant on Wednesday November 2, will feature an Edwardian style menu and the showcase five-course dinner will be inspired by dishes that were popular in the early 1900s.

It includes Dover sole poached in Champagne, venison cutlets served with pineapple puree and croquette potatoes with almonds followed by a savarin dessert with cherries in kirsch.

The evening will begin with a Champagne reception and a selection of fine wines will served to accompany the dinner. Grand Hotel general manager Jonathan Webley said, “The Grand has a long tradition of hospitality and we are proud to have been involved with this highly respected guide since its inception.

“We look forward to many more years in the Michelin Guide and inviting food and wine enthusiasts to join us for this special celebratory dinner.”

Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, and his entourage during a stay at the Grand.

Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, and his entourage during a stay at the Grand.

Phil Baldock from Michelin UK said, “It is quite an achievement for Sussex to be home to three of the hotels named out of the 30.

“All three hotels are of the highest standard and should be particularly proud of their achievements.

“We are delighted they are able to join us in celebrating the centenary of the Michelin Guide. We look forward to another 100 years of the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland and all three of these hotels remaining a part of the story in the future.”

From the beginning the guide placed its emphasis on practical information and was packed with notes on tyres, car engines, routes and distances.

It also pointed out modern amenities, such as central heating or electric lights, in the featured hotels.

Since then the guide has undergone a number of changes, with 1974 marking the first appearance of its famous Michelin stars for the quality of the food

The centenary dinner costs £65 per person, call 412345 or visit www.grandeastbourne.com.