We had booked a table for lunch on Monday the 24th of August and as soon as we arrived we understood what we'd heard about it feeling like a real escape from the outside world. The hotel is on the outskirts of a fairly built up area of the island but as soon as you drive through the granite entrance the grounds feel very secluded and peaceful.
We were greeted by a member of staff as soon as we had stepped out of the car and guided inside. We were given a lovely glass of Pimms to get things started and offered the chance to look around outside before we sat down. As it was still fairly sunny we had a nice stroll around the gardens and pool area.
After a short walk we headed back inside and were shown to our table. We obviously eat a lot earlier than most as for a while we were the only people in the dining room. We didn't mind though and it gave us the chance to take a few selfies and pictures of the food without worrying.
The bread was lovely and we were also given a little dish of halved radishes on ice with a lime mayonnaise to dip them in as an appetiser.
|View from our table|
We opted for the set lunch menu which was a bargain at £25 each. Everything sounded lovely but this is what we chose....
H - Slow cooked ham hock and apricot terrine, pear and sultana chutney and toasted country bread
P - Hand dived north coast scallops and prawn ragout with linguine and Asian broth
H - Roast maize fed poussin with herb gnocchi, woodland mushrooms and crisp pancetta
P - Confit of Gressingham Duck with sweet pickled figs and garden vegetables
While making our dessert choices they also presented us with an enormous cheese trolley!
This would have cost a bit extra so while we were very tempted, in the end we selected desserts from the menu and we weren't disappointed.
H - Sun-ripened summer berries with an iced chocolate soup and garden mint ice cream
P - Garden strawberries with crisp meringue, Jersey cream and strawberry sorbet
After we had finished our meal we made our way to the lounge for tea and petit fours. I had been given a voucher for our visit for my birthday (thanks K&P!), hence the lovely inscription on the plate. I didn't have the heart to tell them my birthday was six months ago!
All in all it was a lovely meal and, as mentioned above, excellent value for money considering the quality of the food and the level of service.