Monday, 26 February 2018

Staying at Four Seasons Hampshire And Trying The New Brunch Menu

The word staycation has been batting around for some years gathering pace. But I really feel like last year was the year that people actually took lots of little mini breaks closer to home, I know I certainly did. With work and limited annual leave, you really can’t be jetting off to some far flung destination every month, and so I’ve started doing a few one nighters in places close to London.

A couple of weeks ago I headed to leafy Hampshire, just 40 minutes outside of London. There is the stunning Four Seasons Hampshire hotel set in acres of grounds.

The hotel rooms are newly refurbished, and have been done to a very high standard indeed.

I mean, just look at that bathroom with it's huge freestanding bath. If that doesn't make you feel more relaxed then I don't know what will.

The rooms have a lady of the manor type feel with plush fabrics, warm tones and touches of gold and wood to lift it up and give it a luxury feel. After all this is no rambling manor pile, the Four Seasons is a top luxury hotel brand.

My room was hugely spacious and what you can't see from the photos is that I actually had a small walk in wardrobe! I've been watching The Crown lately, and I felt a little like Margaret (not the Queen, too much responsibility and not enough fun).

With the Four Seasons its always been about the little touches. Fresh flowers in the room, some chocolate strawberries on arrival and as soon as I walked in the door, a porter asked my name. I only said Laura but he replied, ah yes, welcome Miss Hyatt. I'm presuming they learn each days guest list which I foundry impressive.

If you've ever dreamed of escaping to the country then this is the place for you. The rest of the hotel is absolutely stunning.

From the multiple lounge areas where you can sit back with a tea and some cake.

To the impressive looking bar where I'm pleased to say, they serve a very good espresso martini.

But what about food there, I hear you cry? Fear not, as they have just launched a weekend brunch menu which is fit for any lord or lady of the manor.

Set in their Wild Carrot restaurant which is a nice balance of refined for relaxed atmosphere.

I started with a raspberry fizz, but whilst restrained on the drink, might not have been on the food...

Wow does it not look impressive!

The menu uses seasonal produce from organic and local producers.

There is smoked salmon on spinach pancakes

Traditional pancakes with clotted cream, strawberry compote and maple syrup.

The most insane Oreo waffles!

Ah the classic Avo on Toast with poached eggs.

Strawberrys and syrup French Toast.

And finally the prettiest granola and natural yogurt bowl I think I've ever seen. 

Me and my friends did our very best to clean up every plate. Every single dish was delicious, although I think I might like the pancakes the best.

After a long lazy brunch, we noticed the clouds started to part and the sun peak through. So we got up and headed out into the grounds to walk off some of that food. Don't worry, you can actually borrow Barbour jackets and wellies so you don't even need to fill precious room in your suitcase. 

If the weather does happen to turn though, there is a spa that I have to say is incredible. I've been before so check out my review.

But don't worry, there's also more foodie adventures to come in the next post all about the amazing new dinner concept the Four Season's Hampshire is doing. 

1 comment

  1. Such a stunning hotel! All those brunch dishes look fantastic and I love the look of the bar!


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