The Gala Dinner will take place on Wednesday 6th September at the Grand Cafe. The South Western House played host to many distinguished guests. Two very notable ones were Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower during the Second World War. The men planned the D Day invasion in one of the small public rooms on the first floor. There is also photographic evidence that the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother visited the Hotel and indeed danced in the Wedgwood Ballroom. In the building the main staircase was the prototype for the grand staircase on the Titanic. The building still shows evidence of the grandeur of days gone by. The mural by A Scott-Moncrieff on canvas in the Summer Dining Room, of the Pilgrim Fathers setting sail to the new world can still be seen. Outside the hotel building is still linked by a fine canopy of steel to the original station terminus building. The Restaurant itself was originally the Wedgwood Ballroom, with its traditional blue and white colour scheme seen in the plasterwork. There are only a couple of these rooms still to be seen in the UK, and most of them are in London.

 

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