My partner and I attended a dinner party with eight others recently at the very nice Holiday Inn Restaurant. The private dining room was a very nice location overlooking the airport.
It has a balcony overlooking the airport that you may go out onto.
The staff were excellent and very helpful but!!!!
The food for some of us was very poor. I had the scallops that were perfectly cooked on sliced chorizo sausage, there was a little grit with one of my scallops which one can understand a bit but I thought that the sausage overpowered the delicate scallops a bit and the sauce was a bit insipid.
I ordered a medium rib eye steak and this was served raw on the inside and had to send it back along with another two steaks and one of these was a "well done". Our servers were very apologetic and took them away. They were replaced and came back well cooked but the char-grilling left a very bitter taste on the outside and they were served so quickly they had not rested and were a bit tough, that may be why the servers gave us steak knives this time round.
The sauce that was served separate from the steak was the consistency of milk.
My partner had fish and chips which was superb but they did not bring the gherkin that was ordered. Another of the party ordered chicken and when she cut into it there was bright red blood spots inside and could not eat it, she was offered another meal but by this time she had had enough as her starter was very poor as well. Some of the other meals were ok and the wine was very good. My creme brulee was very poor, the custard was runny and not firm like it should be and just too sweet. Another of the party ordered the ice cream trio and was served just vanilla, when she mentioned this she was brought another flavour but no chocolate.
We had a very good evening despite this in lovely surroundings and the staff done there best and were excellent, just let down by the kitchen. Lets hope that it is just teething troubles.
The steaks and other items were removed from the bill. Such a shame as this could have been a regular venue for a private party.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay excited……The spectacular Holiday Inn Southend opened on 01st October 2012 !Stay relaxed……The hotel is the latest addition to the Holiday Inn portfolio and has 129 air conditioned bedrooms and features 27 executive rooms and 4 King superior rooms.Stay unique……In a first for Holiday Inn in the UK, the five-storey hotel also houses a fully sound-proofed rooftop bar and restaurant (1935 Rooftop Restaurant & Bar) offering spectacular views of London Southend airport and surrounding Essex countryside. The restaurant is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner (open to non residents also), and the bar if open for coffee and range of beverages from 10am - 11pm daily.Stay connected……Holiday Inn Southend will also offer a variety of conference and banqueting facilities, plus a choice of meeting rooms for up to 140 people and is within 40 minutes of central London.Stay devoted…..Choose Holiday Inn Southend for your Essex wedding venue, with flexible facilities we can help make it a day to remember. ... more less
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