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Montcalm luxury hotel opens doors in City

By Lorraine Heller, 19-May-2011

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The new five star Montcalm hotel will be opening its doors next week in a Grade II listed building, which formerly housed the Whitbread brewery.

The new five star Montcalm hotel will be opening its doors next week in a Grade II listed building, which formerly housed the Whitbread brewery.

Located in the City’s Barbican, the Montcalm London City at The Brewery will include 235 rooms and suites, as well as a ‘contemporary British’ restaurant and cocktail bar, run by ETM, the team behind The Botanist and The Cadogan Arms.

Montcalm soft launch

The new hotel will open 100 rooms to guests during a soft launch period from next week until September. A further 135 rooms will be opened up after the official launch at the end of September 2011.

An annexe located opposite, The London City Suites by Montcalm, will also form part of the hotel, and will house 25 of the venue’s overall rooms and suites.

Situated at 42-46 Chiswell Street, the original building dates back to 1750 when Samuel Whitbread moved his brewing operations there, and is considered to be Britain’s first purpose-built mass production brewery.

The last beer was brewed there in 1976, when the site was turned into Whitbread’s head office and the City of London’s Conference & Banqueting Centre, The Brewery.

The hotel also includes an executive lounge club, as well as meeting and banqueting rooms that can house from 10 to 100 guests.

Montcalm restaurants and pubs

The eight-strong ETM Group, run by Tom and Ed Martin, will be responsible for the hotel’s entire food and beverage operation, including conferences, events and room service.

ETM will also open two new restaurant / bar offerings on the site.

The first venue, situated on the former site of St Paul’s Tavern, part of the Whitbread Brewery building, will feature a 20-cover bar plus a 100-cover restaurant with private dining room serving modern British cuisine.

Open from 7am, the site will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The second venue, also within the grade-II listed building, will take the form of a traditional British pub with a focus on real food and wine. Previously known as The King’s Head, the pub will feature an open kitchen with a charcoal grill and three rotisseries, a 40-cover bar and 100-cover dining room, plus three additional private dining rooms.

It is due to launch at the end of the summer for lunch and dinner.