How I wanted this to be so perfect...Easter Sunday Lunch at a perfect hotel in a oh so perfect setting.
A Chef who has cooked for the Queen - have not a few school dinner ladies ? - not a place that should need to boast and a menu without a typed heading that declares the date and day in it -Easter Sunday Lunch 08/04.
A Vodka Martini [ £8.50 ] with three pregnant olives without offer of a twist or straight up. So you think I ask too much - a hotel that aspires to be the only five star in the Cotswolds ?
Step forward the sommelier - German and breathtakingly precise, bespoke and brilliant in his choice of wines and attention to detail , a German striker with flair and panache who graces a culinary theatre that stages... tired roasts and vegetables that are served before the average starters have barely been finished , and deserts Eton Mess and Creme Brulee that would have been passable in Cafe Rouge.
This hotel demands and strives for a Lords of the Manor restaurant.It has an identity crisis - apart from its hotel clientel, who else will eat here - a restaurant that is not full on an Easter Sunday lunchtime surely tells its own story.
This is a hotel with a restaurant that it needs to shout about...sadly still a whisper.
But don't forget the German...!
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