Today, more than ever, we’re all keen to know exactly where our food comes from and how it reaches our plates. At Classic British Hotels we are proud of the superb dining experiences offered in our restaurants and also the fact that they serve fresh, locally sourced food, which is often organic. If you’re planning a special trip away, experience the very best of fine food available at our truly unique hotels.
Succulent Welsh Meat
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, Wales
The award winning restaurant at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa prides itself its food being more of a community and family affair. Food is not just food but so much more. In fact you could say it is a labour of love.
John, the Sporting Manager on the Lake Vyrnwy estate – and a lifelong gamekeeper – produces all the game on the restaurant menus. His father Cyril, who farms land around the hotel, supplies much of the succulent lamb.
Ray and his son Hayden run the family butchers just over the mountain in Bala, set up by Ray’s great-great-grandfather in 1873. Ray buys the Welsh Black beef and pork served at the hotel from farmers he has known all his life. Much of the pork used also comes from a farm just 8 miles (and one fairly large mountain) away from the hotel.
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa is a very special place with a stunning setting. Sit back and admire the spectacular views across the lake, mountains and forests and savour exquisite cuisine sourced from these very landscapes.
The Freshest Fish
Inver Lodge Hotel, Scotland; and County Hotel, Chelmsford
The legendary Albert Roux heads up the restaurant at Inver Lodge Hotel in the majestic Highlands of Scotland. His aim is to serve up “hearty country cooking using all the wonderful products from the sea, which is literally at the doorstep.”
The menu entices you with dishes featuring succulent brown trout fresh from the clear running streams and lochs of the northern Highlands, with salmon sourced from the Inver and Kirkaig rivers. The sea trout and salmon, after two or three years in fresh waters in which they hatched, gradually make their way towards the sea, where they grow and return to the river to spawn. You will never have tasted such tender and fresh fish, allowed to mature as nature intended.
This region of the Northern Highlands is a draws anglers from far and wide and the hotel offers fishing trips to its guests, with boats available to use on four of the surrounding lochs. All the trout are wild brownies and an excellent haul is taken annually. The Upper and Lower Inver are excellent for salmon and sea trout fishing. There no better way to trace the source of the fish on your plate than to catch it yourself with a fishing trip arranged by the hotel. Return with your catch and the chefs will be only too happy to cook it for your supper!
The restaurant at the County Hotel, Chelmsford – which holds an AA rosette – has its own fisherman who lands his line caught catch at Wivenhoe and brings it straight from the dock to the kitchen of the County Hotel. Now that’s deliciously fresh fish served straight to your plate!
Fragrant herbs, fresh fruit and vegetables, and walkabout eggs
Kings Hotel, Cotswolds; Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, Suffolk; and Ilsington Country House Hotel, Devon
The restaurant at the Kings Hotel, Chipping Campden, has been awarded two AA Rosettes. Its dishes are garnished with herbs and served with vegetables straight from the hotel kitchen garden. Mint, thyme, parsley, chives, sage, beetroot and rocket – they’re all grown a few feet from your restaurant table. Enjoy food that quite literally could not be any fresher, in the surroundings of a stunning eighteenth century Cotswold town house.
The two AA Rosette-awarded restaurant at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa sources its vegetables from local farms – some owned by the hotel – to ensure the utmost quality and freshness. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples and asparagus are all grown on the land adjacent to the hotel. You can’t get much fresher than that! The restaurant itself has superb views over the golf courses and a picturesque lake, surrounded by a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.
If you can’t resist deliciously fresh eggs, book into the charming Ilsington Country House Hotel located within the boundaries of Dartmoor National Park in Devon. The hotel has its own brood of hens, laying eggs fresh for breakfast each morning! Sit back and savour the taste of eggs laid by happy hens whilst you take in panoramic views of the moorland and tors through the picture window of the restaurant. Now that’s a great way to start the day!