Dining alfresco on a beautiful day in the Granite City is one thing… but eating and sipping cocktails outside within an igloo? Now that’s something we’re definitely excited about!
The Chester Hotel, on Queens Road, is set to introduce exactly that – two transparent igloos (or domes) for small groups of up to eight people to meet and dine in.
The domes will be available to book at the city hotel as soon as the Scottish Government announces a date for open-air spaces being permitted to reopen.
A 20-metre open-sided marquee with a transparent roof will also be erected at The Chester, subject to planning permission, to complement the existing outdoor seating.
The marquee, along with the canopied patio, will allow for around 100 guests and offer space for social distancing.
Owner of The Chester Hotel, Graham Wood, said: “Although we have a large area of our outdoor seating area already under canopies, the addition of this 20 metre marquee will give us one of Aberdeen city’s largest outdoor spaces.
“We’ll be serving a comprehensive selection from our full bar food menu and everything from our drinks’ menu.
“If we’re going to do something at The Chester we always do it properly and in style.”
He added: “After such a long period of lockdown, where treats, and socialising have been in short supply, we think people will want to feel a little normality and have the choice to go somewhere of their choice.
“Our team which has been working throughout the lockdown to protect and deep clean the hotel has also augmented the planting at the front of the hotel and we have hurricane lamps and open fire effect patio heaters.”
The 71-room hotel has also put in place comprehensive measures to ensure staff and guest safety with the purchase of an electrostatic fogging machine to sanitise all areas and free standing, automatic hand sanitising units.
There will be one way systems in the outside areas for guests and staff, and also behind the scenes for all waiting and kitchen staff.
All tables will have to be pre-booked online and customers can only be admitted if they have a reservation. The reservations will be in two-hour blocks.
Guests will be able to download the menu to their own device and to order directly from the menu. Guests will also be able to pay through the app giving a contactless experience. The hotel will no longer accept cash payments, with all payment to be by card.
General manager Stephen Gow said: “The team is keen to get back to doing what we all love to do, which is providing award winning standards of service to our customers in stylish surroundings.”