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THE BELLE EPOQUE

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RESTAURANT

OUR FOOD HERITAGE & STANDARDS

For over forty years we have only bought the highest quality ingredients and produce from people we know and trust. We buy as much as we can from local farmers and small artisan producers.

All our meat is raised and grazed in Cheshire, from certified farms and hung for a minimum of 21 days. We also grow our own organic garlic and herbs on site for use exclusively in our kitchens.

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ROOMS

We have 7 x luxurious bedrooms. All of which benefit from a spacious layout with either an en-suite shower room or bathroom.

- Free Wifi

- Private parking behind the venue (1 space per room)

- Check-in 2pm

- Check-out 11am

Please note these check-in and check-out times do also apply for wedding parties. Early check-in is not possible due to turnaround times.

 

Accommodation Rates

 

MONDAY – THURSDAY

 

£95.00 for Single Occupancy

£110.00 for Double Occupancy

Above rates include VAT and a Continental Breakfast

 

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

 

£95.00 for Single Occupancy

£115.00 for Double Occupancy

Above rates include VAT and a Cooked or Continental Breakfast

To book a room call 01565 633060 or email info@thebelleepoque.com

 

A History of The Belle Epoque

The Belle Epoque has been a favourite hotel and restaurant for 40 years, but the historic building has played a much bigger part in Knutsford’s heritage for over 100 years.

It is said by many that the towns name derives from the Danish King Canute who supposedly forded the River Lily in 1016. The name ‘Canutesford’ appears in the Domesday Book (1086), and many names of Danish origin are still found in the town today. In 1292 the town was granted its first charter, and its central location helped it to become known as the ‘Capital’ of Mid Cheshire. In 1955 Knutsford received its own Armorial Bearings featuring the motto ‘Respice, Aspice, Prospice’ (look to the past, the present and the future).

Elizabeth Gaskell, gifted novelist and champion of the working classes chose to base her novel ‘Cranford’ around the town of Knutsford, reflecting on her memories of growing up in the area. Today she is remembered through The Gaskell Memorial Tower, part of The Belle Epoque building.

The Building

Created and built in 1907 by glove merchant Richard Harding Watt, The Belle Epoque features two pillars derived from the original St Peter’s Church in Manchester. Several of the original features have been preserved, and the character of The Belle Epoque era remains. Art Nouveau fireplaces and the Mediterranean Roof Garden are among the key features within the building today.

The Mooney Family

The Belle Epoque has been under the ownership of the Mooney family for all of its 40 glorious years. Ironically, neither of the two generations that has run the restaurant for the past 4 decades came to do so by design. The story begins in the 1970’s when Malcolm Mooney – business partner of the world’s first footballing superstar George Best – and his French born wife Dominique set up the Borsalino in Hale Barns, a 1970’s take on French style. The couple launched La Belle Epoque Restaurant Francaise in 1973. The restaurant adopted a much grander feel among the splendour of the former King’s Coffee House. Within the first 6 months, the restaurant endured a tragic blow, as Malcolm was killed in a road accident. The responsibility fell to Malcolm’s twin brother Keith and his wife Nerys. Though neither had any restaurant experience, the couple grew and developed the business through the 1970’s and 1980’s during the era of haute cuisine. As The Belle Epoque celebrated its 25th anniversary, fate once again played its part, as Keith suffered a stroke. His son Matthew, a marketing and advertising professional, took and invigorated the business, embarking on a journey that would bring him to celebrate 40 years of success in 2013. Matthew Mooney is the current Proprietor and Managing Director of The Belle Epoque, and also The Rose n Crown Chop House, also situated on Knutsford’s King Street.

Charities

The Belle Epoque is passionate about its charity work. Throughout the year, the team are actively involved in supporting a host of charities.

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Supporting The Salvation Army…

For the 5th year running, The Belle Epoque will present a Christmas turkey to The Salvation Army in nearby Northwich. A hamper of food will also be donated to help those receiving aid from the charity, to enjoy Christmas that little bit more.

The Belle Epoque is keen to encourage other restaurants and businesses in the area to donate to the cause this Christmas. Further information can be found by emailing info@thebelleepoque.com


Facing The World at 40…

The Belle Epoque chose Facing The World as its official charity partner at the recent 40th Anniversary Event on 21st November. The charity works with vulnerable children with severe facial disfigurement.

A donation to the charity will be made to patron Shari May Royle during December.


To find out more, please contact our press office thebelleepoque@paparazzi-pr.com

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

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For a full list of events and availability visit our calendar >>

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Press Enquiries

The Belle Epoque Press Office has locations in Manchester and London to deal with both regional and national media enquiries.

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10th Floor
3 Hardman Street
Spinningfields
Manchester
M3 3HF

Press & Media Enquiries should be forwarded to the Press Office.

Mark Hayward | Press Officer
T: 0844 244 8996
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