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A UNIQUE dinner will celebrate an extraordinary centenary by one of the county’s oldest and finest hotels.

The Spread Eagle Hotel at Midhurst is one of only 30 properties to appear both in the 1911 Michelin UK guide - and still in the 2011 publication.

It is the only West Sussex property.

To mark this achievement the hotel is hosting a centenary dinner on November 11.

The guest speaker will be Mr Phil Baldock, head of communications UK for the Michelin guide.

He will take diners on a gastronomic road trip tour of France on this special occasion.

The menu will begin in Champagne with some oysters, then to Alsace for foie gras and Gewurztraminer, down to Burgundy for some red and of course snails, over to Bordeaux for the classic entrecote bordelaise and some claret, then a selection of cheeses and finish.

Group Executive Head Chef Martin Hadden said: “It promises to be a super evening fully supported by the Michelin guide, we are particularly pleased to have Mr Phil Baldock speaking at the event. Longevity is a rare commodity that both The Spread Eagle Hotel and Michelin share’

The event starts are 7.15pm for 8pm and will cost £75 per person, fully inclusive. Bedrooms are available at a discounted rate of £85 for two to include breakfast and full use of the hotel’s Aquila Spa. Contact Reservations 01730 816911 for bookings and further information.

The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa was bought in 1957 by the late Hugh Taylor and today his son-in-law, Sandy Goodman, and granddaughter, Miranda Carminger, along with her husband, Pontus Carminger, run the small, exclusive group known as Historic Sussex Hotels. In 1987 they acquired Ockenden Manor and in 1993 Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa was bought and lovingly restored. Having celebrated the 50th anniversary of the group in 2007, the owners continue to invest in their hotels, creating luxurious country house retreats with antique furniture, rich textiles, modern amenities and excellent food.