Friday, 5 February 2016

colwick hall hotel & byron's brasserie, nottingham.

Colwick Hall Hotel Restaurant Review

Colwick Hall Hotel is a Nottinghamshire hotel and events venue which dates back to the 11th Century. Inherited by the family of Lord Byron in the 1300s and 1400s, Colwick Hall has plenty of history and character to share. In the last 50 years it has undergone a massive restoration which has seen the beautiful features come back to life, to be enjoyed as a wedding venue, brasserie restaurant and a place for relaxed getaways. Being right next to the Nottingham racecourse, it would be perfect stopover for racing events too. My mum and I went along to experience their latest menu, as well as stay in one of their old but charming guest rooms.


After a day spent in Nottingham, we used the park and ride in order to be right near the hall, another great feature about it. The location is rural with Colwick Park to explore, yet away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We were greeted with a friendly welcome and swift check in, which saw us in the Admiral Horatio Nelson room (£110-220).

On our walk up to the second (and top) floor, we passed the likes of Ludwig Van Beethoven, William Wordsworth and Samuel Johnson roomsThere were also the King George III and Lord Byron Signature rooms, which by the looks of the website would be perfect as a bridal suite. The only gripe was the stairs - as stunning as they are it was quite difficult to lug out bags up there. As it's a listed building, we were told they aren't allowed to build a lift, which is a fair trade for keeping the building intact. We saw an elderly lady making a good go of the stairs, having little breaks to look at the scenery through the large windows.


Our room was quaint and a shabby chic style, with a wardrobe that looked like it had come straight out of Beauty and the Beast. For a girly weekend this was the ideal decor, with two dressing tables for us to do our make up on.


The bathroom was more modern, with large tiles and a spacious bath and sink area - complete with light up Hollywood mirrors! This was a great touch for a special weekend. The hot drinks offerings were limited and there wasn't a mini bar - something I think could be a great upsell on guests who want to relax in their rooms. Overall though it was a charming bedroom with some original features in keeping with the rest of the historic building.


When it was time for dinner, we were shown to the Byron Brasserie and invited to enjoy our drinks in comfy seating by the fire. Here we had a bottle of Pinot Grigio as well as Flatbread with Garlic Butter and Sun Blushed Tomatoes (£3.95)  from the nibbles on the menu. The room has a striking bright blue ceiling, which reminded me of vintage crockery, with Byron verse on the walls and an opulent bar area. 


The furniture was more modern, but it still went with the dining room's theme and didn't look out of place. Despite its remote location, there were quite a few other diners in the restaurant on this particular Saturday night. We were soon shown to our table and our starters followed soon after.


We had chosen the Pan Roasted Scallops (£9.95) with textures of cauliflower cheese and crispy black pudding and Goat's Cheese Spring Roll (£6.95) with onion bhaji, mango salad, chilli jam and minted yogurt. Mine was a real fine dining version of cauliflower cheese, with inspiring presentation and all the flavours of such a heavy dish, in delicate form. The scallops were cooked to my liking and were of great quality too, going well with the slightly spiced black pudding. Whilst loving the concept and flavours of the goat's cheese spring rolls, sadly the onion bhajis didn't live up to the rest of the plate. They were more like stuffing balls and had been overcooked until dry. She fed this back so hopefully they'll be working on this dish.


For mains I went for the Pan Roasted Cod Loin (£16.95) with crushed new potatoes, ricotta tortellini and tomato and mussel sauce whilst my mum opted for the Honey Glazed Duck Breast (£17.95) presented with confit duck, baby carrots, thyme roasted fondant potatoes and Madeira jus. I love white fish but it's not something I usually go for outside of traditional fish and chips. I chose this dish as I was really intrigued by the use of tortellini and fried mussels. 

The cod itself was lovely and just cooked so it retained flavour and moisture and the pasta harmonised with it really well, especially the ricotta filling. The pasta was quite thick on these though rather than the silk texture of homemade, so I couldn't tell if these were made in house or not. My mum's duck came just as she asked, only very slightly pink with no blood, and the meat was tender and delicious. In true nature of duck, the skin was rather fatty and we agreed could have benefited from being crisped up a little. Another beautifully presented dish with seasonal ingredients.


We were both in agreement that the stars of the show were the desserts. Mum went for White Chocolate Cheesecake (£6.95) with Champagne and strawberry compote, which neared the style of Eton Mess. Really fresh flavours and a well received pud. I went for a Bread & Butter Pudding (£6.95) with warm custard which was super indulgent, heavy and, in turn, delicious! If you were feeling full and in need of something light, probably just skip this and go straight to the G&T! (Or like us, do both...)


The next morning we enjoyed a cooked breakfast in the same room, with views of the well kept grounds and fountain. With a help yourself format, you could choose from the usual suspects of full English right through to cereals and fruit. Although the vegetarian option isn't on view, we overheard a lady ask for veggie sausages, to which she was happily presented her request not long later. 



In all, a relaxing and laid back way to spend a Saturday evening and Sunday breakfast, in beautifully restored and leisurely surroundings. I would recommend for a romantic getaway or special party occasion, though I also noticed they put on afternoon tea which would be great to tick off my list. There are a few Valentine's offered I spotted whilst I was there, so would definitely be thinking about for a Valentine's treat or perhaps a Mother's Day afternoon tea.

Colwick Hall Hotel
Colwick Park,
Racecourse Road,
Nottingham,
NG2 4BH

I was invited as a guest of Colwick Hall. All opinions and photography my own - I was not expected to write a positive review or otherwise.

6 comments:

  1. This truly looks like a special place where you can go back in time. Looks perfect for a romantic weekend!

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  2. This looks like an amazing place to stay, I'll have to drop Mr W some hints!

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  3. What a beautifully decorated hotel - really classic and simple, but that's how I like it.
    The food looks stunning too.

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  4. What a stunning hotel! And the food looks so delicious :D

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  5. This place looks stunning. I've got my eye on that white chocolate cheesecake!

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

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  6. Our event could not have gone more smoothly. Huge thanks to the amazing managers for their consummate professionalism and outstanding hospitality. We look forward to many more years at these lovely venues in Chicago.

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