Last week, Wrexham and Flintshire Leader reporter, Jamie Bowman, visited the Beaufort Park Hotel to find out a little bit about the hard work venue staff put into Christmas party season.
Jamie spent some time with various members of the Beaufort Park team, including events manager, Lesley Bewley, and hotel manager, Mark Small.
But what’s it like for those over the other side of the bar? Lesley explained: "On party nights, our staff really shine to ensure everything goes exactly to plan and everyone has a great time. Take Christmas Day for example, despite everything our staff does to keep things running, after lunch we all gather in the restaurant and sing Christmas carols to our guests. This has become something of a Beaufort Park tradition over the last few years!
"Of course, one of the main benefits to holding a Christmas party at a hotel is that we are ideally equipped to provide party-goers with a relaxing evening that can end in a comfortable night’s sleep in one of our 105 classic rooms or jacuzzi suites, without ever having to set foot into the cold December night."
So when does the Beaufort Park team start planning for Christmas and New Year? “Christmas comes early at the Beaufort Park – around January in fact – that’s when we start planning and organising events, festive menus and all of those special touches that make the Beaufort Park Hotel so popular over the festive season. We run festive themed events from November all the way through to early January, with something for everyone from lunch with Santa for children to tribute shows and late night comedy evenings for adults.”
With more than 3000 people visiting the hotel over the festive season, that’s a lot of food! How do the kitchens cope with this demand? “The whole kitchen team really step up to the challenge and this is when their professionalism and expertise really shines through most of all. From dietary preferences to allergies, our chefs really excel in creating unique and creative culinary treats according to whims, in-jokes and favourite dishes,” explains Lesley.
So are the staff glad when the season comes to an end? Not at all! Lesley added: “Everyone loves Christmas here and staff take so much pleasure from seeing guests and patrons, both familiar and new, enjoying the fun, decorations, festive food and welcoming atmosphere.
With thanks to Jamie Bowman and The Leader.