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Socially distant dining: Cornwall hotel shows how it can work

Going out for dinner may seem like a selfish treat right now. But eating locally sourced food supports not just the restaurant but also local suppliers and farmers. But how do we stay safe?

A Cornish hotel is leading the charge with plans released for their re-opening in July.

The brainchild of founders Hugh and Steve Ridgway, and the St Moritz Director of Restaurants Jonathan Domé, the new summer restaurant will not only surpass the expected Government requirements on safe and socially distanced dining, it will optimise them at every turn, providing a new and exclusive private dining experience for individuals, couples and groups at St Moritz Hotel & Spa

I has been called ‘The Anti-Social Club’, the new dining concept will consist of 16 private dining rooms, with a maximum of 96 covers.  Mixing the elements of private members clubs, private dining rooms, cool beach clubs and summer pop-up restaurants, the Anti-Social Club will feature multiple dining times, clear guidance and exacting operating procedures that ensure the 2 metre rule and new environmental health requirements are met at all times. This will usher in a new ‘bubble’ dining ethos as an exclusive dining opportunity.

The summer pop-up restaurant has been specifically designed to ensure that the individual dining rooms all accessed from outside, with the service function being provided from a central atrium, and all food and drink being delivered to the private dining rooms via a set of hatches.  This clever design, and the complementary operational procedures, mean that the St Moritz service team don’t need to go into the dining rooms, and the individual, staggered dining times mean that guests won’t run into each other. The innovative set-up also means that each and every room can be completely cleared and appropriately cleaned, then re-set-up, to meet all requirements, between each dining party.

With interiors masterminded by multi-award-winning Cornish agency Absolute, who provided the original design for the stylish hotel, The Anti-Social Club will take its inspiration from the clean, white art deco architecture of the hotel, mixing a subtle Miami colour-pop palette with classic coastal stripes, textures and flourishes.

St Moritz Director of Restaurants Jonathan Domé will drive menus that pay tribute to the incredible Cornish food suppliers and producers, all enjoyed in a relaxed, sharing style of service.  St Moritz Hotel & Spa employs at least 65 staff year round, and the Anti-Social Club will require a team of at least 20 to run across the high season, providing vital local jobs and economic benefits.

Remember seafood is good for the brain as well as the palate. So support the Anti-Social Club and leave smarter than when you arrived.

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