Catering to the palate with great taste
Many of the storied hotels in our collection started out as mansions for the well-heeled; Victorian gentry and such-like. It’s only proper then that one gets to dine like the elite of British society when doing business at a Classic British Hotel. Be it a nutritionally balanced small bite or a full-blown seasonal feast. And, as testimony to our hotels’ high standards, their expert culinarians, we’ve got a cabinet full of awards for culinary excellence – The AA’s Rosette awards and Visit England’s Taste Gold accolades, as well as baskets brimming with Eggcup and Breakfast awards, too.
Many of our hotels go so far as to make their own produce. They could be busy harvesting honey for your breakfast, collecting eggs from their flock of happy hens or out picking vegetables from their kitchen gardens. One such hotel use to be owned by Robert Carrier. As beloved as Mary Berry, with the Michelin-starred credibility of Michel Roux Jr, and a multi-media empire to rival Jamie Oliver, Carrier was a household name across Britain. Indeed, his old herb garden and vegetable patch at the hotel has now been fully restored, delighting guests with organic vegetables, fruits, salads and herbs. At 24,400 acres though, estates don’t come much bigger than Lake Vyrnwy, where the hotel’s own lambs can be found grazing.
That’s only to mention the food. With us, ‘wine list’ can mean a selection of up to 200 bottles, including 30 by the glass. What’s more, our hotel in the heart of England is proud to showcase the owner’s wine from his winery in California. Or, you could stumble to bed after a whisky flight at our Scottish hotels, two of which have their very own single malt. If you’d prefer a mixologist over a sommelier, there’s the signature mar-tea-ni: A homemade infusion of Hendricks Gin, Elderflower liquor, Earl Grey syrup and lemon served in a tea cup with edible flowers. Gin lovers, we may know of a hotel or two with their very own gin bar.
Then there’s the views. Traditional classics and comforting Modern English cooking is only half the picture when served up with sweeping views towards Haytor, or those far-reaching vistas across the English Channel. Experience Rosette-awarded dining on your own exclusive-use island in the middle of a 26-acre lake. Or combine traditional woodfired dishes with astonishing Lakeland panoramas. So, whether you’re taking Suki tea in Shropshire at the former home of Prince Rupert (grandson of King James I), or in a National Trust wildlife sanctuary in Surrey, you can be assured that your view is always as commendable as the food itself.
We all want to play our part in saving our planet. And things have move on since you could simply say your tea and coffee is accredited by the Rainforest Alliance of Free Trade. So, why not ask us about the Marine Stewardship Council fish sustainability policies, freedom foods, slow food and the RBST (Rare Breeds Survival Trust) watchlist. We’ll do our very best to give you full, fact-checked assurances; sourcing responsibly farm-to-table.
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