This is going to be a comprehensive review but “it’s worth it”. We booked the Market Menu Dinner, B&B for £199 as a seasonal special offer, direct from the hotel website. If anything, our concerns were that the service would be too intrusive and over the top, we don’t really like to be waited upon, valet parking etc. We arrived at the hotel, before formal check in time, and were very impressed with the building, grounds and location, extremely peaceful and quiet. The receptionist was on the phone, but was only a few minutes, and he immediately apologised to us for not being able to welcome us without delay. We checked in and he confirmed the details we had provided by phone, evening meal times, dietary requirements etc. We were allocated the Wrigley room and he came with us to the car, to take our luggage. The interior of the hotel was also impressive, and the xmas decorations were discreet and tasteful, which was welcomed. We were extremely pleased with the room, and would definitely describe it as luxurious. Linen was high quality thread count and the towels were huge and very fluffy. The bed was very comfortable and there were numerous pillows, which were all very comfortable. This is one of the few times that I have stayed in a hotel and not had to ask for additional pillows. There were two easy chairs and a table in the room, and the view was overlooking gardens. TV was of a good size, and there was a DVD player too. There was coffee/tea making facilities in room and plentiful supplies including complementary sparkling water in room. 2 x dressing gowns provided, both large and generous in size, but no slippers. Hey ho. There are 5 steps down to the en suite which is beautiful; the bath is huge, separate walk in shower and L’occitane toiletries. There were a few minor points here: 1: Sink is very shallow which means not easiest to shave. 2: Couldn’t work the hand attachment in bath but I am very confident that if I had rung reception someone would have come up to instruct me. 3: I needed to climb in the bath to close the blind so didn’t bother, as there were net blinds underneath which shaded the window – however, during the turn down service, someone did close both the blinds, and I wish they hadn’t, as they are both slightly sun damaged. Without being too “Four in a Bed-ish” 4: Small curly hair on bathroom radiator which led me to look behind the radiator, which is very, very dirty. However, the bathroom is beautiful and the bath was very relaxing, make sure you have time to fill up, as it is a very big bath. Shower is powerful and again, very large. Our next experience was dinner in the Michelin starred restaurant. We went to the bar at 6.45pm and I chose a cocktail (£13.50) and hubby had a rum (£8.00 50cl measure). The guy at the bar was very friendly and welcoming and certainly provided the right level of service, giving us time to decide and also providing some suggestions. The bar is comfortable, log fire, large chairs etc. We were then provided with menus and a very comprehensive wine list. Also provided with 3 canapés, including cannelloni filled with foie gras which was exquisite. We decided to upgrade to the Tasting Menu for a reasonable surcharge and also asked if we could substitute the dessert for a chocolate based one, to better suit our tastes. We ordered a bottle of red wine (£29) which again, we thought was quite reasonable for this sort of establishment. We were taken to the table and instantly took a liking to the ambience of the room. It is not too formal but obviously quality, the tables were very well spaced. Room was not the warmest but was okay for us. The waiting staff were very friendly and informative, not too overbearing and again, very discreet. A difference from some of the other Michelin restaurants we have visited. The hotel and service thus far, had really exceeded our expectations and the food had a lot to deliver, and I am pleased to say, that it definitely managed that, beautiful presentation and precise flavourings. We had favourites from each course including: potato ring around the salmon, chicken wing was a TRIUMPH, Faggot of venison and red cabbage, bravo and last but not least, the white chocolate parfaits – which was the best dessert, we have ever eaten! Also, the bread was beautiful and not sour dough, thankfully which seems to be the in thing, and the salted/smoked butter was absolutely fantastic! I wasn’t sure about the pre-dessert cucumber dish, it did clear the palate but it had us divided, hubby really liked it, I would say that I didn’t dislike it. We then took coffee in the drawing room, again, another very comfortable place to relax. We really enjoyed the meal, and service throughout was excellent. The hotel is very quiet, and we experienced no issues re noise etc. We were greeted at breakfast by the same guy who had served our cocktails, and he remained as cheerful and welcoming as ever. Good quality cereals, cold meats etc and individual glass jars of yoghurt, which were very nice. Both had full breakfast, which was obviously top notch quality produce, well cooked and presented. Especially liked the small jar of brown sauce which was very tasty. Check out was as expected, we were given a print out of our purchases and asked to confirm. We were also informed about a 10% discretionary gratuity charge and asked if we were comfortable with this. We explained that we most definitely were, if it was distributed to the staff, as it was well earned. If anyone is still reading this, I would definitely recommend this hotel and would absolutely return. Cost = just short of £350 for Tasting menu dinner, drinks, B&B, gratuity. You get what you pay for, and on this occasion, we both felt as if we got more. Thank you.
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