Weekend stay at Hotel La Tour June 14th. - 15th. 2013
From the moment we arrived on the Friday night at Hotel La Tour we were made to feel special by the staff, for whom nothing was too much trouble. Our room on the third floor was very well appointed - tea making facility in the room, hairdryer and an ironing board with an iron. The large T.V. was wall mounted and recessed - the en-suite bathroom had a super over head tropical shower and a side mounted hand shower. The bed was very comfortable....all in all a very relaxing room, which, despite being right in the heart of Birmingham was completely quiet at all times. A special bonus is the parking at nearby Selfridges where the hotel has arranged a special discounted rate.
We booked into the hotel's restaurant - Aalto - we had read that the hotel had a link with Marcus Wareing, so we were interested to try Aalto's menu. After some lovely char grilled house soda bread, Ron had the fig tart and goat's cheese to start while Julia had the Dorset crab with mayonnaise....next Julia had the tomato risotto, while Ron had the roasted pork belly with creamed cabbage and new potatoes from the specials menu.....we finished off with lemon tart and orange sorbet for Julia and buttermilk and yoghurt panna cotta with crushed berries for Ron.
Julia was interested in the champagne jelly that was on the menu and Jo kindly arranged for us to go backstage into the kitchens to meet the sous chef, Rachel, who prepared the champagne jelly....we also met Head Chef Dan.......who gave us an fascinating insight into how a top class hotel kitchen operates....and then the sous chef went through the preparation for the champagne jelly, making a special portion for us to sample and writing out the recipe for Julia to take home and trial for herself.
That concluded a wonderful evening...flavoursome food from a well designed menu....excellent service from the restaurant staff....we couldn't fault any part of the Aalto experience!
The next morning there was good selection for the buffet breakfast..cereals, fruit, yoghurts, pastries as well as sausages/bacon/scrambled egg/mushrooms/tomatoes/hash browns...add on the tea and coffee and the breakfast set us nicely for the day ahead - we were off to the Good Food Show and Garden Show at the NEC.
Check out time gave us a chance to say thank you to Adrian (the Operations Manager) ,and all the Hotel La Tour staff who had looked after us so well during our stay.
We would strongly recommend Hotel La Tour if you are in Birmingham for any event...especially at the NEC (train connection is a good option), theatre or Birmingham International airport.
Thank you Hotel La Tour!
Ron and Julia Dowding
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel La Tour has 174 luxurious bedrooms. A floor specially engineered for business conferences.Five-star customer service. Conveniently located in the heart of England's second city. What more reason do you need to pick Hotel La Tour Birmingham? For a contemporary twist on a great British tradition immerse yourself in the unique dining experience that is Marco Pierre White's first 'English Chophouse'. This exciting restaurant concept has its origins in 18th century London when chophouses were created for businessmen to conduct their affairs over hearty plates of cooked meats washed down with fine wines and ales. ... more less
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