Street star at Stanley House

Shobna Gulati, who plays Sunita in Coronation Street.
Shobna Gulati, who plays Sunita in Coronation Street.

Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati will swap the cobbles of Weatherfield for the hotel on the hill when she hosts the second “Ladies who Lunch” event of 2012 at Stanley House in Mellor.

Shobna, best known for her roles as Sunita in Coronation Street and Anita on Victoria Wood’s “Dinnerladies”, will host the popular ladies only event which will take place on Thursday, June 21st.

More than 150 guests are expected, dining on a two-course summer menu devised by Stanley House Hotel executive head chef, Steve Williams.

The event will be held in aid of local children’s charity Miles of Smiles. Last year Stanley House raised more than £5,000 for the charity, with celebrity guests including Anne Diamond, Rosemary Shrager and Edwina Currie.

Sales and marketing manager Wendy Hope said: “It’s an exciting time at Stanley House Hotel. We’ve unveiled the extension to Mr Fred’s this month and our new rooms are set to open in July ahead of the launch of our world class spa.

“As well as enjoying lunch with Shobna our guests will receive spa goodies including the brand new brochure and exclusive Ladies who Lunch discount on selected treatments.”

Shobna added: “I’m looking forward to swapping Betty’s Hotpot for some Lancashire fare. It’ll be my first visit to Stanley House and, as well as helping to raise money for Miles of Smiles and meeting the ladies, I can’t wait to see the hotel and hear all about what’s in store for the new spa.”

Guests will have the opportunity to browse stalls from some of Lancashire’s finest independent retailers including floral displays from The Flower Shop, luxury home accessories from Finishing Touches and a range of jewellery, fashion and accessories from the likes of Pashmina Ladies and The Dressing Room. A charity raffle will offer a top prize of two first class Virgin Train tickets for any UK destination, among others.