LGH Hotels Management has announced a new partnership with Marco Pierre White (MPW), with plans to open Marco’s New York Italian restaurants in Holiday Inn Milton Keynes-Central and Holiday Inn Brentwood later this year.

The partnership follows an agreement between Black & White Hospitality, who own the franchise rights to seven MPW restaurant brands, and LGH Hotels Management, who manage a portfolio of 18 Holiday Inn and three Crowne Plaza hotels across the UK.

LGH said it hoped the first two openings would be the start of a long and fruitful relationship, with the potential to expand the partnership across the wider Holiday Inn portfolio.

White said “I am thrilled to be working with the LGH team and opening new restaurants in Milton Keynes and Brentwood. The essence of my New York Italian is to enjoy your dining experience with excellent food and drink in relaxed surroundings, whatever the occasion, which fits perfectly with the ethos of the Holiday Inn hotels and their new open lobby dining concept.”

Nick Taplin, Marco’s business partner, chairman and CEO of Black and White Hospitality, added: “We’re delighted to be working with LGH on such a big food and drink project. We have had great success over the years working closely with hoteliers to transform their restaurant and bar areas and we’re looking forward to getting started with MPW in both Brentwood and Milton Keynes.”

Simon Teasdale, Managing Director LGH Hotels Management Ltd, commented: “I know Marco will revitalise our food and beverage offering at the Holiday Inn Milton Keynes – Central and the Holiday Inn Brentwood, which is critical for our business strategy and development in these areas. Launching these New York Italian restaurants will not only improve the services for our hotel guests but will open the door to new stand-alone dining guests.”