There’s a brilliant new series starting at 8.00pm on Channel 4 tonight following the highs and lows of would-be hoteliers.
After the success of Country House Rescue, the fabulous Ruth Watson returns to tackle fledgling hotels and B&Bs across the UK in brand new series called Ruth Watson’s Hotel Rescue.
An award-winning hotelier, food writer and owner of the internationally acclaimed Crown and Castle Hotel in Suffolk, Ruth is using her expertise to transform the efforts of new hoteliers as they set up on their own.
Famed for her attention to detail when it comes to perfecting hotel experiences, Ruth is on a mission to open the eyes of the six couples who think establishing a hotel or B&B will be a piece of cake.
Determined to shape the novices into professional hoteliers, Ruth visits and assesses each project, and sends the proprietors to Hotel Bootcamp at some of the UK’s top hotels to learn from the best in the business.
The six projects require serious work. From a run-down 32-bedroom hotel in Blackpool to a couple attempting to create a boutique B&B in Margate and proprietors with no hospitality experience.
I’m sure the series will be highly entertaining but also instructive. I’m not about to start a B&B myself but as a punter it’s useful to see ‘behind the green baize door’ for future reference re stays in guest accommodation, and I’ll certainly take account for future TripAdvisor reviews that I write.
For TSM and I there’s an additional interest and relevance to this new Channel 4 series. Next Tuesday night we will be staying at the aforementioned Crown and Castle in Orford, in advance of my attending a job interview in Cambridge on the following day.
OK, Cambridge isn’t exactly next door to Orford, but relative to Southampton it’s a stone’s throw and therefore justifiable excuse to have a treat, especially after my ordeal in hospital in recent days…
We’re both looking forward to our stay very much, and Molly is coming along too (the Crown & Castle offers special facilities for favoured pooches).
Naturally we hope that we shall meet The Great Lady herself, but I’m sure she’s very busy with other commitments. If we do, it’ll be a delightful bonus.