My husband and I were recently invited to sample the facilities at the Chesford Grange, a delightful 4 star hotel situated on the outskirts of Kenilworth. The hotel is set in 17 acres and close to Leamington Spa, Warwick and just 13 miles from Birmingham Airport.
Situated on the edge of the River Avon, the hotel offers old historic charm as well as contemporary elegance with 205 bedrooms. Renowned as one of the best conference and event spaces in Warwickshire, the hotel has 13 conference and meeting rooms for up to 700 delegates. However the hotel is also a great choice for those looking for a short break as a leisure guest. The hotel even has a Spa with a swimming pool, solarium, heated loungers and a steam room.
We were fortunate to stay in one of the VIQ rooms which came with great views over the grounds, a super king sized bed, fridge with milk and water, plenty of tea and coffee, an ironing board, 32 inch flat screen TV, snacks, free Wi-Fi and some great quality magazines to read! The bathroom was spacious with a huge bath, high pressure shower and lovely toiletries.
After checking in and being greeted by a friendly lady on reception called Dolly, we decided to head to the Terrace Bar for a drink. The raised decking area overlooks the gardens and is a great place to enjoy a relaxing drink in the sunshine. We met a family who had a dog with them and were impressed to find out that the hotel also offer dog friendly bedrooms, handy to know as we have 2 dogs ourselves!
Heading down for dinner later, we were seated in the River Room Restaurant which overlooks the gardens. We were impressed with the choice of menu which had something for everyone’s taste. We started by sharing some olives, feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, Pitta bread and hummus for just £6. I then opted for the North Atlantic Prawn & Crayfish Cocktail priced at £9.50 and my husband chose the Baked Portobello Mushroom filled with goats cheese and sun blush tomato mousse for £8. For the main course I opted for the baked loin of Cod with Mediterranean vegetables, fondant potatoes and a cherry tomato fondant for £17.50 and Carl chose the butter fried Gnocchi with roasted cauliflower for £16.50. The side dishes of broccoli and dauphinoise potatoes were equally delicious. We then enjoyed the Raspberry Crème Fraiche Brulee and forest berry Eton mess. A very enjoyable and filling dinner indeed!
After an extremely comfortable night’s sleep, we headed back down to the restaurant for breakfast and were amazed at the huge selection of dishes on offer. There was so much choice from cereals and fresh fruits to freshly baked pastries, pancakes and croissants. You could choose almost every hot dish imaginable from the usual breakfast items to items you could order such as poached eggs and vegetarian sausages. We’ve been lucky enough to stay at a number of hotels recently and this breakfast was without doubt one of the best we’ve tried lately.
Breakfast is served Monday – Friday 6.30am – 10.00am and Saturday & Sunday 6.30am – 10.30am. An extensive bar menu is served all day in the Terrace Bar or decking, weather permitting. Dinner is served every evening from 6.00pm until 9.30pm. During the school holidays the hotel offers a Children’s buffet and an earlier dining time of 6.00pm. Stay overnight from £80 per room per night B&B however there are some great offers all year round – visit the QHotels website for more details. The hotel currently has a great family offer for 2 nights with dinner on the first night for the adults, 20% off drinks in the Terrace Bar, activity pack for children and use of the games room and other activities such as film club and craft club. Also included is a 2 day pass for the whole family to Warwick Castle for just £238 for the family!
This tastefully decorated hotel is not only stylish but it has a relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere. There are many great quality hotels in Warwickshire but this one offers great value for money and is an excellent choice for both business and leisure tourism during a visit to Kenilworth, Warwick, Leamington Spa or the wider area of Shakespeare’s England.
Please visit the website at www.qhotels.co.uk.