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Lord Erroll: Inside Gideon Moi’s Multi-Million-Shilling, Classy Nairobi Hotel

In the lush leafy suburbs of Runda, Nairobi, an exquisite dining experience awaits those seeking unparalleled luxury and gastronomic delights.

The Lord Erroll Gourmet Restaurant, originally established in May 1997 by Hans Stoecklin, Michael Craig, and Felix Howler, embarked on a transformative journey in February 2013 when it was acquired by the Moi family.

The acquisition marked the beginning of a remarkable chapter in the restaurant’s history, propelling it to international fame and recognition.

Under the skilful and visionary captainship of Gideon Moi’s wife, Zahra Balewa, the establishment quickly gained prominence as a beacon of culinary excellence.

What once began as a quaint restaurant evolved into a 43-room hotel, a true gem among the hospitality offerings in Kenya.

The Moi family’s investment and passion for creating an unrivalled experience for their guests bore fruit, as the Lord Erroll Gourmet Restaurant became a brand to be reckoned with not only in Kenya but on the global stage.

The transformation was more than just physical; it was a complete re-imagination of luxury dining.

The meticulous renovation, tasteful interior design, and seamless blend of contemporary elegance with timeless charm elevated the Lord Erroll to a league of its own.

Its reputation as a favorite among Kenya’s high society was further solidified as it became the preferred venue for high-profile events, including former Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu’s graduation party, graced by none other than former President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The name “Lord Erroll” carries an intriguing history that adds an air of mystery to the restaurant’s allure.

Named after Josslyn Victor Hay, the 22nd Earl of Erroll, a British noble who resided in Kenya during the 1930s and 1940s, it pays homage to a bygone era of elegance and sophistication.

Lord Erroll’s tragic fate, where he met an untimely end following a mysterious murder in 1941, has inspired tales in films and literature, but the truth remains shrouded in mystery to this day.

The Lord Erroll Gourmet Restaurant is more than just an elegant dining space; it is a haven of versatility.

The establishment boasts multiple dining rooms, each exuding a unique ambiance that caters to intimate gatherings or grand banquets.

From small groups of six to large celebrations accommodating up to 100 guests, the Lord Erroll is designed to curate personalized experiences for its discerning clientele.

Anchored by a sprawling and picturesque garden, the restaurant offers an enchanting alfresco dining option.

Surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful blooms, this outdoor oasis can comfortably host up to 300 guests.

The garden has witnessed joyous weddings, memorable conferences, and bespoke events that leave an indelible impression on all who attend.

In 2017, it proudly received the prestigious Global Award Restaurant of the Year by Luxury Travel Guide (LTG). The following year, CNN Travel’s recognition in their list of 14 Hot New Global Restaurants further underscored the restaurant’s global impact.

However, the crowning achievement for the Lord Erroll came in 2018 when it secured the coveted World Luxury Restaurant Awards. Held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the awards ceremony featured a staggering 1,000 entries from 140 countries, competing in 100 categories.

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