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Hotel Indigo opens with cocktails

£15m hotel of Marco Pierre White fame throws a big party.

Written by . Published on July 8th 2011.

Hotel Indigo opens with cocktails

IF you think a Cotton Candy sounds all pretty and gingham and innocent, be careful. It's not when it's a vodka based cocktail, and not when it is the star turn on an all-you-can-drink free bar.

Claire Cooper %28Jacqui Mcqueen%29 Jessica Fox %28Nancy%29, And Karen Hassan %28Lynsey%29 And Emmett Scanlan %28Brendan Brady%29 1Hollyoaks peopleThe toothsome, sweet vodka martini was created to celebrate the launch of the equally pleasant looking Hotel Indigo on Chapel Street.

As Rosemary Quayle played a mellow saxophone, 250 party people packed the £15m Sanguine Hospitality venue, which has, at its heart, a Marco Pierre Steakhouse Bar & Grill.

A glance around the sunny rooms and smart, modern bar and restaurant, the latter designed by Mr Pierre White, it is clear that this place is raising another sort of bar in a city not lacking in smart modern hotels already.

Hotel Indigo draws on the city's cotton trading history, it says, and features include cotton-themed decorations in its 151 bedrooms. No mention of slave ships, but keeping it otherwise reel.

It could all have been so different for Marco had his family not moved to Leeds.

Beth Tweddle And Stevie Cryer 1Beth Tweddle and Stevie CryerHis dad used to work in another Liverpool hotel, The Adelphi, he told us a couple of weeks back at the restaurant's opening.

So who knows how many Michelin stars might have been showered on the young Marco had he been inducted into the Brian Birchall “Just Kewk Will Yer?!” school of haute cuisine, rather than that of Alain Ducasse. Or not.

Jennifer Ellison was there, the steak and chips champion of Hell's Kitchen who won the programme under the tutelage of Marco's old whipping boy colleague, Gordon Ramsay. Looking serene with her sister, her mum and her granny, she said: “I’m a bit of a whizz in the kitchen now after Hell’s Kitchen, before I couldn’t even boil an egg, and it’s fantastic that Marco and I have got the Hell’s Kitchen connection."

Cotton Candy is what they call candy floss in America and, indeed, this cocktail begins with a sugary ball of the stuff at the bottom of the glass, quickly dissolved by Smirnoff Black Vodka, Grenadine and Chambord liqueur.

However the only floss anyone needed by the end of last night was the dental sort after downing more of these concoctions than was probably necessary.

Hotel Indigo
Or as General Manager David Hughes put it: “We were pleased that so many people were able to join us at our official launch party and Liverpool certainly lived up to its reputation as a glamorous city – the ladies and gents pulled out all the stops.”

The conversation was all about Rupert Murdoch. Quote of the night: "I never thought the Daily Post would out-last the News of the World."

Pete Price, the gymnast Beth Tweddle, the musician Ian Prowse and the model Amanda Harrington, were also there; us, of course, football writers Tony Barrett, of The Times and Andy Hunter of the Guardian, and some Hollyoaks people whose names, once again, escape us.

Oh and this lot.

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