Paul O’Neill Adds Roux Scholar Culinary Sparkle to Berwick Lodge: Hattusa!
East meets West in a collision of cultures and fusion of flavours at the new Hattusa Restaurant within Berwick Lodge Hotel in Bristol.
Acclaimed chef Paul O’Neill has joined the team at the luxurious manor house hotel as Head Chef of Hattusa restaurant to launch next month, bringing with him a wealth of experience.
Paul’s career began with a placement at Claridge’s in London and since then he has gone on to be awarded the prestigious Roux Scholarship in 2013 and reach the semi-finals of last year’s National Chef of the Year competition.
Paul said: “I am looking forward to introducing a fresh style of dining to Berwick Lodge.
“Hotel restaurants can often be overlooked, but my aim is to ensure that Hattusa gains an excellent reputation in its own right as well as being sparkling jewel in this opulent hotel’s crown.
“The hotel already has two AA rosettes but I am aiming to get a third this year, and maybe even a Michelin star in the future.
“I am also hoping to introduce some new and exciting cookery courses at Berwick Lodge.
“I have a fantastic, enthusiastic team behind me who all share my vision so I am confident that together we can achieve this.”
Berwick Lodge was bought by Fevzi and Sarah Arikan in 2004, and reopened in 2009 after the couple spent five years painstakingly restoring the property, with the aim of fulfilling their vision to create a warm and welcoming, luxurious hotel and fine dining restaurant, unlike anything else in the South West.
Berwick Lodge now boasts five gold AA stars for accommodation, the only hotel in Bristol to have achieved this status – A real coup for the Arikans.
The opening of Hattusa marks the latest development at the hotel and continues the theme of East meets West which runs through the entire property.
Fevzi said: “I am originally from Turkey and so represent the East, while Sarah’s elegance and exquisite sense of style epitomise all the great things about the West. Our collaboration and meeting cultures have created a truly exceptional venue at Berwick Lodge.”
Hattusa will officially launch on October 23rd 2014.