Four Great British Hotels To Enjoy Al Fresco Dining
We feature four very relaxing, great British hotels worth visiting this season.
Published 23 May 2012 in Travel Articles
The sun is out and so should we be. From afternoon tea in a quaint courtyard, followed by a leisurely stroll along the beach, to enjoying a cigar in London's most stylish private garden, we feature four great British hotels worth visiting this season.
British seaside brilliance at Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, West Sussex
Originally built as a private home in the 1920s by the Guinness family using medieval timber and stone, Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa is set within 30 acres of parkland, English gardens and a rose-filled courtyard. In warmer months the atmospheric courtyard transforms into a space for outdoor dining, serving light lunches and traditional teas in the summer breeze. A garden path – ‘To The Sea' – leads past a moat, small streams and wildlife down to Climping Beach, just a pebble's throw away and perfect for bracing seaside strolls, picnics or playing with the dog.
Prices start from £210 per room per night, based on two people sharing a standard room, including breakfast, use of Spa facilities and VAT.
Urban chic at The Grove, Hertfordshire
Just 45 minutes from central London, the chic 5* resort, The Grove, has stunning contemporary interiors, tennis courts, an urban beach, a kitchen garden in the Old Walled Garden and three very different restaurants – all set in 300 private acres of grounds, gardens and woodland.
The Stables, in the old stable block, feels entirely different, with a rustic, New England décor, and hearty home-made food. Children are welcome at The Glasshouse and The Stables, with their own menu, crockery and cutlery. Perfect for all the family.
The Glasshouse, the busy and buzzing brasserie has large terraces, overlooking the beautiful formal gardens, and features a delicious buffet and open kitchens.
Colette's, The Grove's 3 AA Rosette flagship à la carte restaurant, which was highly praised in the 2012 Good Food Guide, has an elegant terrace with views over the estate. Chef Russell Bateman's skill is to combine classic and more adventurous flavour combinations, giving his dishes a very personal signature.
Prices start from £310 per room per night, including breakfast and VAT.
Green room exclusivity at The Goring, London
The Veranda, overlooking the private gardens at The Goring in London's Belgravia, is one of the most civilised places in the entire capital to eat outside. This summer, regular guests will notice that the hotel's garden (measuring in at just a few feet larger than Wimbledon's Centre Court) has been re-landscaped, with additional outside seating just below the Veranda.
The new design also incorporates two new “green rooms” at the bottom of the garden, surrounded by hedges and sporting resort-style rattan furniture and open brick fireplaces. Here guests can relax with a drink from the bar and smoke a cigar, in complete privacy. Both spaces can be privately hired for up to 10 people – surely the most stylish way to spend an evening in London?
Family tales of the riverbank at the runnymede-on-thames
With a picturesque setting on the banks of the River Thames, just downstream from Royal Windsor, the runnymede-on-thames is perfectly positioned for outside living, away from the pace of the city. There are two restaurants on the river, which both have plenty of seating on the garden terraces.
The Conran-designed Lock Bar & Kitchen, is a relaxed and informal bistro-style restaurant, offering fresh, locally sourced food. This is a place where everyone can truly relax. The leftbank restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the river and large new riverside terraces for al fresco eating in the summer. A buffet offers seasonal food and hot dishes are prepared in the open kitchen right in front of the guests.
At the runnymede-on-thames, families can mess around on the river, hiring one of the hotel's own electric boats to pootle around on between the willows – complete with a delicious teddy bear's picnic to enjoy on board.
Children will love the tyre swings and giant chess pieces in the landscaped gardens, while parents can keep an eye from the terrace with a chilled glass of wine.
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