An Interview with Melanie Prentice - The Dixie Dean Hotel
Book a room
Or call0151 236 0166
For exclusive offers

An Interview with Melanie Prentice: Our New Guest Relations Director

At The Bastion Bar and Restaurant in The Shankly Hotel, over the road from The Dixie Dean Hotel, Melanie Prentice says she is “absolutely thrilled, excited and a bit nervous” about her new role as Guest Relations Director. As we start to chat, Melanie is quick to mention how elated she is to meet everyone and “put names to faces” – a characteristic that is sure to come in handy in her new role.

From her pride and excitement about her new career to her opinion on the Merseyside Derby via dinners with Shankly and pints of Guinness, here’s what our new Guest Relations Director Melanie Prentice had to say about her first day on the job.

Our New Guest Relations Director

The Dixie Dean

“I loved my job as a teacher but it’s nice to have a new challenge and a fresh start; it’s just completely different, I feel like I should be doing a lesson plan.” There is the hint of a smile on Melanie’s face and a sparkle in her eyes when she speaks about the children she once taught, however, her happiness to be in her new role shines through whenever The Dixie Dean Hotel is ever mentioned.

The Dixie Dean Hotel is set to take pride and place opposite the now famous Shankly Hotel yet Melanie, when asked what she was looking forward to the most, gave us an answer none of us were expecting. Rather than reiterating just how excited she is to see the hotel open in the summer, instead Melanie said that she couldn’t wait to “meet people and hear their stories.”

On a day when Melanie started her new career as a director, our conversation inevitably turns towards her famous ancestor: Dixie Dean.

“Growing up with him was just random. Shankly, or Ken Dodd with a Diddy Man, used to just pop round for dinner while I went up and down the back yard on my space hopper” exclaimed Mel, as if it was the most mundane of days in a household which seemed so surreal.

Dixie’s Beloved Everton

The Dixie Dean

Despite it being Melanie’s first day, we couldn’t resist asking her about Sunday’s Merseyside Derby – highlights of which are playing on the screens behind us. Like a true Evertonian, Melanie said: “I didn’t think it was windy, it wasn’t windy where I was. Loads of hot air coming out of some peoples mouths though,” clearly having a joke at Jurgen Klopp’s expense after he, not for the first time, blamed the wind for his team’s poor performance.

Keen to turn our conversation back to Dixie’s beloved Everton, we both concluded: “Some atmosphere yesterday” and moved on.

The Dixie Dean Hotel

The Dixie Dean

As our conversation drew to a close, Melanie was happy to reiterate how proud Dixie would have been of her, a point her mum Barbara – who Mel describes as “The Queen” – was keen to stress in our previous interview. Nevertheless, she added: “He [Dixie] would have been pleased for me, really honoured. He’d probably sit in the corner with a pint of Guinness and laugh at everyone coming in.”

How Dixie Dean could ever expect to sit in the corner of anywhere, never mind a luxurious hotel that bears his name, and not be hounded or harassed for a handshake is beyond us.

On a day of nervousness and excitement, Melanie spoke of how she cannot wait to see inside the hotel once it’s opened in the summer.

“It just feels right,” concluded our newest director as she headed outside to pose for pictures beneath the sign of the hotel she will soon manage.

The Dixie Dean Hotel is to provide Evertonians with an incomparable experience, ideal to watch the match, have a weekend away or bask in and enjoy unseen memorabilia. To keep up to date with the latest developments at the hotel, head over to our Facebook.

Related news

Blog | 10th June 2019

The Lionesses to Look Out For at the Women’s World Cup

Much has been made of England’s supposed transition from perennial newbies to World Cup favourites. The women’s game...

Blog | 30th May 2019

Opening Date Set for Dixie Dean Hotel in Liverpool

We’re excited to announce that the date is set for the grand Dixie Dean Hotel opening. Officially taking place...

Blog | 22nd May 2019

World Football Transfers: The Most Controversial Transfer Deals

With the 2019 summer transfer window well and truly open until 8 August, we thought we’d take a look...

Blog | 22nd November 2018

The 7 Best Everton Matches Ever

Emblazoned on the ironclad paneling that surrounds Goodison is a maxim that epitomises an array of Everton matches....

Blog | 9th October 2018

Everton FC: Discover Some Fascinating Goodison Park History

Goodison Park, or The Grand Old Lady as it’s affectionately known, has been the home of the Toffees...

Bar & Restaurant Blog | 8th September 2019

The Dixie Dean Hotel Launches the No.9 Bar and Restaurant Menu

Celebrate Autumn with some absolutely delicious food from the new No.9 Bar and Restaurant menu. There are plenty...

Blog | 2nd September 2019

Introducing the Football Quarter Podcast with David Fehily and Chris Shankly

The season is here again and while you already know about the giants of football podcasting: Guardian Football...

Blog | 27th August 2019

Alan Ball: The Ball of Fire

Here at the Dixie Dean Hotel we like to celebrate our heroes. This article is both a precursor...



Stay up to date

Let’s get social

What would you like to book?

We offer luxury rooms and unforgettable dining experiences

Book a room

Book a table

Book direct for the best price guaranteed

With the Signature Price Promise you won't find our rooms cheaper anywhere else*





Please select the required amount of guests

For groups of 7 or more please contact us on
0151 236 0166