A select group of individual hotels, pubs and restaurants in the North West of England.
Started in 1996 by Martin & Helen Ainscough, the “group” to start with really just began with a small handful of people wanting to get involved with the joint belief that this new business was going to be a worthwhile concept that was going to make a difference.
In the early years it started with The Eagle and Child in Parbold and from there infamous places such as Ziba in Liverpool were conceived and old favourites that were steeped in history were acquired and encouraged to prosper under new friendly ownership, namely The Wizard in Cheshire.
Time and sheer hard work has allowed the group to prosper into what is now a boutique company, offering superb establishments with excellent food and drink complimented by friendly efficient service.
It doesn’t just stop there, we also own hotels. The Miller Howe Hotel situated on the banks of Windermere, Cumbria has for years been associated with high class excellence and amazing views. Ok, so now we sound like we are bragging, but we are immensely proud to be part of such a great chunk of culinary history that we can now take forward and develop into a destination that is available for everyone to experience. With rooms that could have been torn out of the best “style bibles” of the 2oth century yet remaining true to it’s original slow pace and tranquil setting with unassuming service and excellent gastronomy. Remember though- “exclusive” doesn’t mean “excluded” and although we love to offer something special we want to steer clear of the slippery slope of pretentiousness that is the downfall of some of the best establishments. We offer good value without allowing the quality to suffer, and that is evident throughout the company.