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Brief Published: 27 Jul 2020

St Moritz Beach Hut Restaurants Offer 'Anti-Social’ Dining

St Moritz
St Moritz

Cornwall’s luxury St Moritz hotel has transformed its row of 16 beach huts into pop-up dining spaces to create what it’s dubbed the “UK’s first anti-social dining concept”.

The private huts, which are bookable for groups of up to eight people, feature 1930s-style serving hatches for food to be passed through to allow for social distancing between staff and guests. Meanwhile, staggered booking slots avoid contact between different groups of diners waiting to be seated. The concept also allows each dining space to cleared, disinfected and set up for the next round of guests.

 Hotel co-owner Hugh Ridgway told online travel publication Globetrender: “Safe doesn’t have to mean boring, and we’re finding every way possible to keep our St Moritz guests stylishly safe right across our hotel, with an appropriate sense of humour.”

This tongue-in-cheek approach to socially distanced dining reflects themes covered in The Future Restaurant, and is a great example of establishments flexing their assets to create a comfortable, pandemic-appropriate restaurant experience.

It’s also a clever use of space for regional hotels looking to capitalise on the boom in holidays at home – see Reimagining the Staycation and Soft Tourism: Travel’s Immediate Lifeline for more.