Blog / Industry Thought Mark's Travels

January has come back to life!

We are now back in full swing and suddenly January business has come back to life! This evening there are going to be Burns night celebrations everywhere and I’m hosting a table in HIX Mayfair for both friends and anyone who would like to join!

This weekend I’m up at Cheltenham Racecourse, home of the National Hunt horse racing, for the Festival Trials Day and representing the Stewart family with Paul Stewart on their sponsored race ‘Hugo’s restaurant Barbados Trophy Steeple Chase’. Of course I’ll be having a little dabble… or four and I’ll of course be backing the Stewart’s horse Saphir du Rheu.

I have been part of Cheltenham festival for the last couple of years but in a culinary way, collaborating with The Lucky Onion group who have hotels No. 131, and No. 38 The Park, cooking ticketed dinners which are always great fun.

…And in case you’re wondering I’m not on dry January as it’s quite tricky in this business so I’ll be working as usual on new cocktails with Dustin and our bar team, creating seasonal cocktails with seasonal ingredients like Yorkshire rhubarb and an interesting imported Bergamot which is the base of earl grey tea.