Hotel Grand Windsor is officially relaunching after a multimillion-dollar refit and a new franchise agreement which sees it rebranded as Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel. The hotel will enter a new era as one of the top five-star boutique hotels in the country, with an innovative dining experience to match.

Built by restaurant and soda fountain company WR Cooke and Son Ltd, the original restaurant was widely known for its sodas and pure fruit ice cream, as well as meals made with fresh ingredients, a theme that has provided inspiration for the new restaurant’s offerings.

As the flagship dining experience for Hotel Grand Windsor, Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar has created a menu in which wholefood dishes are the star attractions.

Group executive chef Jinu Abraham has a passion for nourishing, naturally produced menus and a reputation for taste and creativity, most recently seen with his role as executive chef at the Heritage Hotel in Auckland.

With his two decades of experience, Abraham and his team have used their networks and knowledge to source the best-quality produce from New Zealand suppliers for the new restaurant.

Cooke’s diners will enjoy the very best cuisine made with ingredients from local and sustainable sources wherever possible, including sustainable meat and chicken, sustainably caught long-line fish, free-range eggs and organic milk, yoghurt and butter from artisan suppliers. Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar also has biodynamic wine suppliers on board.

“Our food and beverage offerings showcase our commitment to the promise of delivering wellness and sustainable options,” said Abraham. “These are our stories. We have researched and developed our stories and ensured we are bringing diners the best that the soil can produce in natural, organic and biodynamic produce.”

The opening of Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar will see Hotel Grand Windsor completing the first phase of its multimillion-dollar five-star refurbishment. Hotel Grand Windsor’s luxury wellness centre, private dining and meetings facilities are set to open in 2018.