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Robin Hutson – The Hotel Guru

I first met Robin Hutson in 1994, when he and Gerard Basset, who had worked together at Chewton Glen, opened the first Hotel du Vin in Winchester, in what was the old Southgate Hotel. Nobody could have predicted what followed.

Robin Hutson

 

Robin Hutson ‘Hotel Guru’

 

Hotel du Vin was an immediate hit with its well-trained, well-dressed staff, and excellent bistro food, and good value wine list, all of which were a refreshing change from the dull, unimaginative establishments which passed as hotels in those days.

They also brought with them, a young chef called James Martin, who created the imaginative bistro menus, and he has gone on to create a successful career for himself as a Celebrity Chef, but that is another story…..

Robin, and his wife Judy, designed and decorated all the rooms at Hotel du Vin to their personal, quirky taste, and they made sure that the shower heads were large and the water came through like a monsoon instead of a pathetic trickle, and the towels were large and soft and fluffy, and the beds were big and comfortable, and most importantly, no two rooms looked the same.

 

The first Hotel du Vin in Winchester

 

The first Hotel du Vin – Winchester

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Friday, August 10th, 2012