A little bit of luxury by the North Somerset coast. Clevedon Hall is predominately a wedding and events venue specialising in a bespoke experience to suit the occasion. From beautifully designed boutique bedrooms right through to unique gourmet creations, Clevedon Hall, nearby Bristol and Bath, mixes expertise on luxury hospitality with the individuality of the event from start to finish.
Upon walking up to Clevedon Hall, you're met with a beautiful historic building onlooking a fantastic seaside view. I wasn't really sure what was better! As you'd expect, the inside reflected the regal exterior, leaving original features and adding modern touches.
Enter: the most tempting bed to run and jump on. This may have been a swanky affair, but I wasn't holding back on throwing myself at that cushion pile. Unsurprisingly, the bed was deliciously comfy and the towels and robes were as fluffy and bouncy as they look.
Our room was nautical themed in a palette of charcoal, mink, champagne and grey. With a model ship and portholes in the bathroom, the walls saw marine inspired sketches which matched the bedding and curtains. I just loved the stacks of books found around the place, as well as this gorgeous refurbished fireplace.
I love the floral touches and cute crockery too, which added a homely element. One thing I didn't realise until it was time to get ready for the evening - no mirrors in the bedroom! Although others do, this particular room had no dressing table or mirror with plug socket to sit at and make yourself pretty. There were plentiful mirrors in the bathroom, although of course no plug sockets.
The colour scheme continued with light mink tiling and bath panels, with marble and deep mahogany adding touches of luxury. There was a choice of wet room with rainforest shower, or large lavish bath, all with Neal's Yard Remedies bath and shower products. Those porthole mirrors, however photogenic, were also quite annoying, since the top one was at about 6ft and the lower one at about 4ft. So that was my best chance of a decent mirror, yet 5 ft 7" me couldn't see much.
I adored the his and hers sinks, with great lighting, storage and again fantastic handwash and handcream. It really did feel lavish getting to get ready in that beautiful bathroom, after a lovely hot bubble bath.
Eventually, I had to leave the stunning bedroom. Had it not been for the promise of an amazing sounding menu (and the fact I didn't have a clue what I looked like...) I'd probably never have wanted to leave. We all met in the Great Hall and enjoyed fizz and canapés overlooking the Clevendon Hall grounds and sea - the perfect view for a wedding reception. These were an inviting selection of Smoked Salmon Mille-Feuille, Truffled Quail Eggs and Duck Hoisin Beignets.
Seated in the striking library room, we were met with carefully dressed tables with bright white table cloths and sparkling cutlery.
Apart from the vegetarian option, we were all to have a four course tasting menu. I'd been my usual self and tried to look up the menu in advance. However, this was a bespoke creation for the evening to showcase the standard and skill you might find at Clevedon Hall. It was all designed by award winning head chef Alan Jones, who has previously worked with Gordon Ramsey.
First was a Lobster Bisque with Cognac and Tarragon. A frothy and creamy combination with a sweet and smooth taste. It wasn't too heavily seafood tasting, with light hints of aniseed from the tarragon.
The second course was Carpaccio of Beef with poached cherries, candied walnuts and apple salad. The melting slices of beef were so delicately sliced, with a rich and buttery flavour. The sweetness of the cherries and tart apple was added to with fragrant crunchy walnuts to create a memorable dish. Fruit isn't something I'd usually order with savoury, but his talent with flavours definitely swayed me.
The main was Pork Belly with caramelised apples and pork popcorn with wild garlic puree, creamed potatoes and spiced apple jus. Oh wow, now this was dreamy. I would go as far as to say this was the best even pork belly I've eaten, with all the right textures in all the right places. The flavours married together so well, with lots of crunchy, sweet, earthy and spicy components dancing in my mouth at once. I especially liked the pork popcorn, which was similar to crackling with a lightly puffed texture. I'd love to know how that was made!
The dessert was a Vanilla Set Cream, raspberry jelly with poached rhubarb, rhubarb and a chilled Champagne soup. I have to be honest, I would have much preferred a chocolately or nutty dessert, so I wasn't a fan at all. I gave it a go, and embraced the "strawberries and cream" esque nature of the posh pud and thought that had gone into it. However, I didn't finish and would much have preferred that Champers in a glass. Sorry Clevedon Hall - you can't please everyone's tastebuds I guess. But that's the point really, if I was getting married there then I'd request the best Bakewell tart in the land, and I'm sure they would've given it a pretty good go.
Oh, then some awesome handmade truffles came out and I was happy again.
A sumptuous night's sleep later, it was breakfast o'clock. Dining in the bright and airy Dame Rosa Burden room, we enjoyed the morning sun flooding in as we ate. There was a choice of a cooked breakfast, pastries, fruit, cereal and toast; again the presentation had a premium feel and the source of ingredients labelled where applicable.
I opted for a full English breakfast, with scrumptious British pork sausages and Clarence Court free range fried eggs. You're invited to help yourself, although hot drinks are served throughout and I'm sure the kitchen would be more than happy to accommodate any dietary requirements or requests.
Overall, its evident we had a fantastic time and couldn't hardly fault the food, room and service. If you're thinking of going or planning a wedding, no doubt your experience will be totally different to ours. But I can be certain it will be memorable for all the right reasons.
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Note: Our stay was complimentary. All opinions are honest and my own.