I last stayed at this hotel some five years ago on a working visit to the area, and was mightily impressed by both the accommodation and the food, so was delighted to learn that I was to spend a night... more
I last stayed at this hotel some five years ago on a working visit to the area, and was mightily impressed by both the accommodation and the food, so was delighted to learn that I was to spend a night there again in April. The room I was allocated was spacious, clean and well-appointed, and I felt extremely comfortable and well-looked-after; in particular, the shower was amazing, as was the view over the gardens, with the hills forming a spectacular background.
In fact, all was going swimmingly when I went down to the restaurant in the evening. The starter (king prawn) was really good, indeed up to the quality I recalled, but the main course (salmon) was tasteless, and the portion rather meagre. Having travelled extensively in France in the era of Nouvelle Cuisine back in the 1980s, I am used to small portions, but that style of cooking really packs the taste, in contrast to what confronted me here. Unfortunately things grew even less pleasing with the dessert, panna cotta with home-made shortbread; the former was tasteless and reminiscent of blancmange, and the latter was only slightly larger in diameter than an old half-crown piece.
The outcome was that I had to resort to some cereal bars that I happened to have hanging around in the car in order to deal with my hunger in the late evening. However, the breakfast the following morning was really excellent, with a great selection of cold items, along with some terrific scrambled eggs with salmon. If only the evening food could match the quality of that on offer in the mornings! less