Wivenhoe: Duke opens first hotel school

THE country’s first ever hotel school based in Wivenhoe has been given the Royal seal of approval.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent officially opened the newly-restored Wivenhoe House hotel, where degree-level students combine their studies with work in a commercial setting.

During his visit he met with students and staff and was given a tour by General Manager Stephen Mannock.

The Edge Hotel School at Wivenhoe House is a joint enterprise between the University of Essex, its academic partner Kaplan, and the Edge Foundation, where budding members of the hospitality industry will learn their profession from seasoned professionals.

Students take on a two-year degree in hotel and culinary management, and combine academic study with working in all areas of the hotel and restaurants.

The mayor of Colchester, the chairman of Essex County Council and Harwich and north Essex MP Bernard Jenkin were among 30 local dignitaries who also attended the event at the eighteenth century site, which was painted by John Constable.

The Duke unveiled a commemorative plaque, before having lunch in the hotel’s Signatures Restaurant, prepared by Executive Chef Paul Boorman.

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Mr Mannock said: “We’ve had an amazing day. The Duke was very engaging and intrigued by the unique learning experience we offer our students here.

“There are many benefits here for students, for the industry and for Colchester.”