Empowering Our Local Community
Making a Positive Impact Together
Community Involvement: This lies at the heart of everything we do at Flat Cap Hotels (The Bridge, Prestbury, The Vicarage, Cranage & The Courthouse Knutsford). We strongly believe in the power of collaboration, and we actively engage with our local community to create a vibrant and thriving environment. Through various initiatives, we aim to support, uplift, and give back to the community that has welcomed us with open arms.
Supporting Local Talent: We take pride in employing local talent, recognising the wealth of skill and expertise within our community. By providing employment opportunities, we contribute to the growth and development of individuals, empowering them to build fulfilling careers within the hospitality industry.
Locally Sourced Ingredients: We believe in supporting local businesses and farmers by sourcing the finest locally sourced ingredients for our culinary creations. By doing so, we not only showcase the rich flavours and specialties of our region but also contribute to the sustainability and growth of local suppliers.
Community Events: We love bringing people together and creating memorable experiences for both residents and visitors. From family-oriented events featuring face painting, scavenger hunts, and games to ticketed events showcasing local talents such as theatre groups and pottery painting, we strive to create opportunities for connection, joy, and celebration.
Charitable Initiatives: Giving back is a fundamental principle at Flat Cap Hotels. We are passionate about supporting charities and organisations that make a difference in our community. Whether it’s through donations, sponsorships, or volunteering, we actively seek opportunities to contribute and positively impact the lives of those in need.
Business-to-Business Support: We understand the importance of a strong and connected business community. That’s why we actively participate in business-to-business support groups such as Knutsford One, Holmes Chapel One, and Prestbury One. Through these platforms, we engage in discussions, share knowledge, and collaborate on initiatives that drive traffic to local businesses, enhance community enjoyment, safety, and accessibility, and make a positive impact on our local economy.
At Flat Cap Hotels, we firmly believe that together, we can achieve greatness. By supporting local talent, engaging with the community, and giving back, we aim to foster a sense of unity and create lasting positive change. Join us in making a difference and let’s build a stronger, more vibrant community together.
Suppliers & Community
As all of our properties are located in the heart of Cheshire, we are lucky to be supplied from some of the very best local suppliers from James, the lovely man at the Tea from the Manor, to the incredible team at Cheshire Gin Distillery to the amazing butchers at Altham’s providing the best quality meats for our ‘grill’ selection. We like to champion all things local which gives farmers the fairest prices for their produce, suppliers source the very best ingredients and we can see the journey very literally from farm to plate.
Integrating our hotel operations into the life of our local communities and society of our Cheshire is highly rewarding for Flat Cap and its employees. We believe that the local economic and social impact of our hotels can be managed positively and responsibly. At Flat Cap we believe our responsibility extends beyond our employees and guests but into the communities in which we operate within.
All our poultry produce is "Red Tractor Assured"
All our fish is supplied via "MSC" approved suppliers
We buy British where possible, taking into account food seasonality and quality of produce
We check suppliers are acting ethically in sourcing and production
There are no endangered fish species used on our menus
Our Local Suppliers
Here at Flat Cap Hotels, we are proud to champion local suppliers and fantastic, locally sourced ingredients, from eggs to veg, meat to fish all of our ingredients are sourced within 20 miles of our properties. From countryside to coast we are certain our seasonal menus serve your tastebuds the very best of British ingredients. Flat Cap focus on supporting local suppliers as they are the pillars of the community.
Tea From The Manor - James
Tea from the Manor was one of our first suppliers and his story is very special indeed. After serving in the British Army alongside the Gurkhas on the Indo-Nepalese border, James discovered a passion for the tea leaf harvest. He then started a small supply chain between himself and the tea farmers that he had served alongside and started up Tea from the Manor. Tea from the Manor is a tried and true family owned business, a small supply chain and no middle man ensuring the farmers receive the fairest price for their product. James not only supplies Flat Cap but over a hundred venues across the UK and has over 96 varieties of tea and with 20 years of experience, he really knows his stuff! We our proud to have James as one of our suppliers and to watch his business grow.
Established in 1856 in the heart of Morecambe, family-owned Althams Butchers have worked hard over the centuries to deliver the finest quality cuts of meat. They supply Flat Cap Hotels with our incredible melt-in-the-mouth steaks, organic, free-range chicken breast and much more. Althams are now in their fifth generation of butchery and have been serving the local community ever since they opened their doors in 1856. Flat Cap Hotels is proud to partner with such an established supplier and support local farmers in the process. James and Rick now manage the family business and have been working there for over 20 years, meaning their knowledge of meat is second to none!
MyFish is a family-owned business, established by Gary Apps over 10 years ago, with a passion for providing the finest seafood from coastal suppliers up and down the British coastline, sourcing many of the items from local fisheries and sustainable sea fishers. Gary wanted to provide seafood that could be provided wholesale without compromising on quality. Gary and his excellent team only source seasonal fish, which supports Flat Cap's commitment to providing the highest quality seasonal ingredients.
Amato, the family-owned food supplier was established thirty years ago by Bob and Delores Amato, providing incredible Mediterranean ingredients from the heart of Manchester, just a stones throw from the Flat Cap properties. Since then, they have expanded to source an incredible selection of international ingredients and of course, returning to their Italian roots whenever they can. Their knowledge of fine ingredients is why Flat Cap keenly supports this supplier and helps to create their innovative, carefully curated seasonal menus.