Since first discovering the little publicised 'Farmers Market Sunday Lunch' at Four Seasons Hampshire- back in September last year, we have booked a table every month without fail, spent Christmas there, re-booked already for this year and have introduced many family and friends to the hotel as quite simply, it's faultless every time we visit.
For the discerning foodies out there, a visit is a must - an enormous array of fresh, locally sourced produce offers something to delight the fussiest of taste buds. Starters include mozzarella and tomato salad, home-style potato salad, coleslaw, tiger prawns and smoked salmon, ham hock terrine...the list goes on and on. Save room for the main event however, as you'll be faced with the difficult decision of which meat to choose - rib of beef, carved gammon, pork with cracking, leg of lamb, succulent chicken or even my personal favourite, slow cooked lamb in Harissa with a generous side of dauphinois potatoes and red current jelly! If roasts are not your thing, you'll find specials like steak pie, fish pie, even pasta bakes.
What is a Sunday brunch without a stomach busting dessert...or three? Probably best to skip breakfast that morning as you'll never forgive yourself for missing out on the largest desert table you're likely to ever see! Macaroons, Eton mess, tarts, chocolate pots, creme brûlée, traditional hot favourites like sticky toffee puds and apple crumble. If that's not enough, children can enjoy their own selection of savoury dishes and a crepe and sweetie station! Best to leave an hour or so before the car journey home!
If you fancy a pre-dinner drink, or even an extended afternoon at the bar next door, you must sample the cocktail menu. As well as the usual classics, you'll find some signature Hampshire cocktails created by bar manager Manish. Recently added to the list are 100% organic, locally sourced cocktails, inspired by the building, it's surrounds and it's heritage. Be sure to try a 'Henry's Potion' with crushed Ice, fresh raspberries, vodka and a sprig of rosemary - divine!
So, for a family lunch that just feels very special, or an occasion that deserves a little luxury, without the stuffiness of many high end restaurants, you won't be let down when you choose to spend Sunday lunch at Four Seasons Hampshire.
Counting down the days until our next gastronomical adventure!