Dinner at Widbrook Grange Hotel - Bradford On Avon

Winding our way across rural Wiltshire countryside after work last week, we journeyed towards the picturesque market town of Bradford On Avon. Nestled on the edge of the town, you'll find Widbrook Grange, a newly-refurbished, lovingly restored Grade II listed country house hotel...

Formerly a working model farm, this charming boutique retreat sits within 11 acres of private grounds, and is still home to an authentic vintage tractor, hay cart and milk float. (Spot the cockerel! I can't be sure if he was real or not?)

Widbrook Grange is the perfect place to pitch up for couples, business travellers and those venturing on a family get away. Set back from the road, this Georgian property offers a safe environment for children and a haven for those craving seclusion and privacy. There is an indoor heated swimming pool, small but well-equipped gym, freshly updated individually designed bedrooms, and, a modern-rustic style restaurant serving seasonal plates. With plenty to see and do, Scott and I couldn't wait to stop by when we received an invitation to join the restaurant for dinner last Friday evening...

Taking a seat in the recently revamped restaurant, we were presented with the evening menu...

To begin, a delicate rose petal coloured 'La Promenade Cote De Provence Rosé AOC' (125ml - £3.40) and a fruity 'Acordeon Tupungato Malbec Valle De Uco' (125ml - £4.00).

As we waited for our starters, a delivery of warm sliced bread and herb butter arrived to our table...

Then arrived our first course... I chose the 'Pork, Cranberry and Pistachio Terrine, Minted Cottage Cheese, Smoked Garlic Butter and Rye Bread' (£7.50). The generous portions of terrine had the perfect balance of texture and seasoning and the cottage cheese dip was light and creamy. Having just had several slices of bread, I felt I didn't need the additional helping that came with this dish. I perhaps would have preferred very thinly sliced toasted bread or crackers, as an alternative to try.

Scott tried the 'Lightly Smoked Duck Breast, Pear Celery Chutney and Basil Brioche' (£7.50). A tasty ensemble of well-cooked ingredients; the duck was perfectly pink, the chutney both crunchy and sweet and the basil brioche still deliciously warm. 

Onto our mains; 'Pan Fried Cod Loin, Curly Kale, Pearl Barley Risotto, Roasted Cauliflower and Chardonnay Cream Sauce' (£17.00).

Gently roasted cod on a bed of rich creamy pearl barley risotto, fresh curly kale, a nicely flavoured sauce and roasted cauliflower florets.

The stand out dish of the evening was the 'Guinea Fowl, Local Ham and Apricots Ballotine, Fondant Potato, Roasted Fennel, Butternut Squash Purée and Salted Caramel Cider' (£19.50).

A wonderfully homely, comforting dish with a rich, sticky gravy and indulgent butternut squash purée - the sort that makes you want to lick the plate! 

As we paused between courses, I spied lots of lovely home interior design ideas...

Then it was time for desserts...

'Coconut White Chocolate Mousse, Brandy Rhubarb Compote and Rhubarb Sorbet' (£7.50).

'Basil Strawberry Milk Pudding, Raspberry Jelly and Light Sponge Cake' (£7.00). A pretty sweet end to our evening at Widbrook Grange!

However, it didn't end quite there. Scott and I were given the opportunity to view two of the newly refurbished rooms in the main house; 'The Sewing Room' and 'The Artist's Room'. We met Nick at reception who kindly gave us a brief tour around...

In 'The Sewing Room' you'll find a king size bed (topped with fun towel art), a Roberts Revival Mini Retro radio, heavenly roll top bath in the room (so you can relax from bed to bubbles in no time at all!) and a separate shower room featuring decorative tiling and of course, lovely lotions and potions!

We then turned to 'The Artist's Room.' Crisp, snow-white bed linen? Oh yes! More towel art? You got it! Not forgetting the romantic bath tub by the end of the bed, a thoughtfully stocked mini bar stored in a wooden painting box, and, a widescreen tv attached to a large artist's easel...

I think you could quite easily while away the hours relaxing in here!

Time flies when you're having fun! Having explored the shiny new interiors in these two fabulously unique bedrooms, we made our way back downstairs and out into the cool night air...

We enjoyed fantastic food, attentive service and a warm welcome from Widbrook Grange. An absolute gem nestled in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. For more info, please head here.

Many thanks to Beth for the kind invite. And, to Nick and Andrea for your warm and generous hospitality on the night.