The Anti-Social Club is described as a “refreshing antidote to the C word” and comprises 16 private dining rooms, seating between two and eight diners each, with a maximum of 160 covers. Each group will have different dining times to ensure distancing measures are met and staff and guests will be required to stay two metres away from each other at all times.
The brainchild of the hotel’s founders Hugh and Steve Ridgway and St Moritz director of restaurants Jonathan Domé, the summer restaurant will not only surpass the expected Government requirements on safe and socially distanced dining, says the hotel, but will provide a new and exclusive private dining experience for individuals, couples and groups.
“We’re never ones to refuse to rise to a challenge, and 2020 has seen us employing our most creative of coastal blue sky thinking. As a result, we’ve conceived the UK’s first purpose-designed and built socially distanced summer restaurant, ushering in a new ‘bubble’ ethos as an exclusive dining opportunity,” says its owners.
The Anti-Social Club will take its inspiration from the clean art deco architecture of the hotel, ‘mixing a subtle Miami colour-pop palette with classic coastal stripes, textures and flourishes’. The hotel says it is mixing the elements of ‘private members clubs, private dining rooms, cool beach clubs and summer pop-up restaurants’.
The hotel will be releasing more details in the coming weeks, however it says pre-bookings are essential. They can be made from the 5 July onwards.
A number of hotel groups have also announced their intention to reopen next month. The Pig hotel group has announced it will open the doors across its hotel estate on Saturday 4 July and Michael Caines’ Lympstone Manor says it is also taking tentative bookings from 4 July.
Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire says it plans to reopen its doors on Tuesday 14 July.