A group of us went to the Close Hotel for lunch this week. I have not eaten there before, and with three of us being vegetarians I was expecting the usual unimaginative and limited choice which sadly seems so common wherever you go to eat these days.
When our waitress brought us the lunch menus (there were two, a set lunch and the brasserie menu with different vegetarian choices on each), on finding out our dietary requirements we were also offered the evening menu with an alternative choice of starters and main courses.
Not disappointed is an understatement. My shallot and brie tart is probably one of the best vegetarian mains I've eaten in a hotel or restaurant for a long time. Thank you Chef!
It wasn't just the food though, the service was excellent, and the restaurant was bright and airy with a roaring open fire and beautiful views of the gardens. The hotel is beautifully decorated, a mix of old and new in the most impressive of old buildings and I loved art in each of the rooms. Really looking forward to staying here one day!
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