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September 2009 Press Release

Number One for Festive Food

Yuletide Feasting at the InterContinental London Park Lane

New Year’s Day Brunch, cooking classes with Theo Randall and not-to-be-missed Christmas and New Year’s Eve restaurant specials; just some of the yuletide feasting at the InterContinental, London Park Lane.

COOK WITH THEO RANDALL

Theo prides himself on using the freshest ingredients sourced daily to create dishes inspired by northern Italian cuisine. On Saturday 5th December, Theo will be sharing his culinary skills in his monthly cookery class, which will focus on fish dishes. Traditionally, Italians abstain from meat on Christmas Eve in celebration of the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day and some serve the ‘Feast of the 7 Fishes’. Keen cooks can learn how to re-create at home some of the fish dishes available from Theo’s menu, depending on which ingredients are available on the day. These could include Spaghetti con Aragosta (spaghetti with Dorset blue lobster, plum tomatoes, parsley and chilli), Insalata do granchio (fresh Devon crab with rocket, fennel, aioli and bruschetta), Cape Sante (Scottish scallops with chilli, capers, parsley and lentils di Castelluccio) or Branzino al cartoccio (sea bass baked in foil with porcini mushrooms, thyme, vermouth and Italian spinach). Priced at £150 per person the class takes place from 9:30am until 3pm, including a wine tasting with head sommelier Cristian Fusco and a three-course lunch.

BUON NATALE – CHRISTMAS EVE AND NEW YEARS EVE

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Theo Randall at The InterContinental for just £65 per person. Glass of champagne is followed by a three-course set menu with dishes such as Insalata di Invernale (salad of wood roasted pheasant, trevisse, pomegranate, prosciutto and fresh chestnuts), Cappelletti di vitello (fresh pasta stuffed with slow cooked veal, pancetta and white truffles) and Piccione al forno (Anjou pigeon marinated in Marsala with cavolo nero and lentils di Castelluccio).

To ensure New Year’s Eve is celebrated in spectacular style Theo has created an evening of mouth-watering food, champagne and live entertainment. Enjoy a five-course set menu starting with a selection of Italian canapés and champagne between 7 – 8pm followed by a choice of Antipasti, Primi and Secondi and finished with Assotimento di formaggi and Assortimento di dolci. Live music and a DJ will complete the countdown to 2010. The evening is priced at £140 per person.

The à la carte menu will be available throughout December with the exception of Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

CHRISTMAS AT THE COOKBOOK CAFE

clip_image006[3]The Cookbook Cafe offers guests a more relaxed and informal food experience. Located on the corner of Park Lane, the floor to ceiling windows look out onto the Wellington Arch and the fizzing activity of Hyde Park Corner. Diners enjoying the Cookbook Cafe during the festive period can sample a seasonal lunch from the Market Table where a wide variety of cuisine is on offer or set dinner menu priced at £35 per person that includes salmon and lobster croquette on marinated celeriac and capers, sweet corn veloute with mushrooms and red peppers, breast of duck on chestnut and sage mash and soft centred chocolate cake with Jaffa cake ice cream from Head Chef Paul Bates.

For those who want someone else to cook the Christmas Day Lunch, the Cookbook Cafe offers a six-course meal from 12 – 3pm, including a glass of champagne for £99 per person. All the delights of festive food without the peeling of potatoes or washing up! If there is any room left, or for a special treat, why not venture in for the Christmas Day High Tea served from 7pm to 10pm for £35 per person.

And, for those who over-indulge on New Year’s Eve the New Year’s Day brunch offers the perfect hangover cure of waffles, pancakes, full English breakfast, a wide selection of salad, sushi and cold meat dishes from the Market Table and includes bellinis, champagne and bloody marys – the perfect hair of the dog. Relax, read the newspapers and fill up for £49 pp between 11am and 4pm.

To make a reservation at Theo Randall at The InterContinental or book a place at the cookery class please call 020 7318 8747 or email reservations@theorandall.com. Please note that Theo Randall will be closed on New Year’s Day. To book a table at the Cookbook Cafe please call 020 7318 8563.

Please direct media enquiries to:

Michelle Patient or Mary Shiels at Neville McCarthy Associates

Tel: 020 7940 2900 or email mary@nevillemccarthy.com

Notes to Editors:

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 4,150 hotels and almost 620,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®, and also manages the world’s largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with 42 million members worldwide.

IHG has more than 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 200,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com. For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at www.ihg.com/media

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