How to succeed in business – over a leisurely lunch

The ideal balance between business and leisure is being offered to lunchtime diners at a hotel near Preston.lunch at bartle pic

The country hotel Bartle Hall has hit on a formula which is proving attractive to business people entertaining clients, networking groups, and out of office meetings, with their “leisure lunches”.

The informal lunches, in the new restaurant, Nest, offer the chance to meet and eat in relaxed, countryside, surroundings away from the office but only minutes away from the city centre.

At the same time, Bartle Hall can provide conference facilities – or just a quiet corner in the lounge for a confidential discussion.

“We have come to understand what our business visitors need and want,” said Nicola Haworth, who manages the hotel with husband Andrew.

“They appreciate being able to bring clients here rather than meeting in the centre of Preston. The change of scene helps them to see things from a new perspective, and of course there’s plenty of free parking here.”

The Bartle Hall team have become experts at providing the setting – and the food – for crucial business decisions as well as informal meetings. The hotel also hosts regular networking lunches.

The lunch menu in the Nest restaurant, at £19.50 for two courses or £24.50 for three courses, is available Monday to Thursday during December, and the location – only minutes from the M55 motorway – is now attracting business visitors from Manchester and Yorkshire.

To make a booking, or see a sample menu, visit the website

The hotel also offers a coffee and cake deal in the lounge from 10am till 2pm Monday to Thursday, at £3.95, with a different cake each day.


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