Homewood Park Hotel & Spa - Bath
Homewood Park Hotel & Spa is just a hop, skip and a jump from the bustling city of Bath or to be a little bit more concise, a 15 minute drive away! Situated within 10 acres of award-winning gardens and grounds, boasting scenic views of Limpley Stoke Valley, Homewood Park is the perfect pitstop for urbanites wanting to slow down and recharge their batteries. Sounds tempting? Come and take a look at what awaits you, because I think you could certainly get used to the peace and privacy here...
Once you turn off the A36, you'll approach this revived 13th-century Georgian manor house through a tree lined driveway, and, only will you really see the property in its full stately view once you've parked the car, and headed this way...
But, this is just a sneak peek!
Before we head over to reception...
Just imagine (as we did) long, lazy summer days enjoying tea and cake on the lawn, playing croquet, or, basking in the sunshine with a chilled glass of Pimms whilst the children play hide and seek!
Feeling much more autumnal than you'd expect for so early in September, Scott and I were thankful to head into the warmth. Who is hedging their bets on an Indian summer? Anyone?!
We had kindly been invited over to Homewood Park to sample dishes from award-winning Head Chef, Scott Galloway's modern-fine dining menu. Making our way over to the stylishly modern restaurant, we took our seats in a cosy corner.
Welcomed by Florin, our attentive waiter for the evening, we were presented with the menus.
Then before we knew it, Florin rustled up some tasty tipples for us.
First up, a 'French Kiss' for me! A fabulously fruity concoction which consisted of strawberries, elderflower pressé, fresh lemon juice, sloe gin, and, for good measure... a generous glug of Prosecco!
Scott was presented with an 'Electric Margherita' which, as you can imagine, got heads turning! In went tequila, lemon juice, a dash of triple sec, peach schnapps, and of course, blue curacao which gives it that undeniably electric blue appearance.
Then to our amuse bouche; a deliciously creamy celeriac soup topped with fresh chives and a parmesan crisp.
Enjoyed alongside freshly baked bread, homemade butter and a sprinkling of sea salt.
For our starters, I was keen to find out from Florin which dishes prove to be most popular with their diners. He pointed me in the direction of the 'Honey Glazed Lamb Sweetbread.' (£8.50)
I imagine sweetbread is not to everyone's taste, but if you're happy to try it, then sample this dish. It was a triumph. Perfectly cooked lamb sweetbreads all caramelised and tender, charred Hispi cabbage, blue cheese beignets and a garnish of crunchy watercress salad.
Another popular starter we were told was the 'Oxtail with Kohlrabi and Macadamia Nuts.' (£9.00) Served with a crunchy slaw, it was another great dish!
Now for the main event of the evening, our second course (or third if you count the complimentary amuse bouche). I opted for 'Atlantic Cod'. (£25.50)
A marriage of flavours! From brown shrimp and caper burnt butter, diced olives and gherkins, crushed potatoes to crunchy tenderstem broccoli; all of the components were perfectly cooked and seasoned.
We shared a side of 'Hand Cut Chips' (£4.00).
From surf to turf. Scott was tempted by the 'Sirloin of Beef & Tongue' (£26.50) which was served with an irresistible potato gratin, wild mushrooms, sweet baby onions and purple carrots. A wonderful seasonal dish that no doubt reflects Head Chef Scott Galloway's background of modern British gastro pub cooking.
Ending our evening on a sweet note, we were delighted when our desserts arrived to the table. I tried the 'Vanilla Panna Cotta' (£8.50) with strawberry salsa and raspberry sorbet.
Whilst Scott went for the 'Hot Raspberry Soufflé' (£8.50) with pistachio shortbread and raspberry sorbet.
Our thanks goes to the food and beverage team at Homewood Park! Namely, Florin, Adrian and Stefanel for their generous hospitality, attentive service and friendly welcome. Scott and I enjoyed a delicious meal from start to finish and look forward to returning in the future.
Autumn is almost upon us, so a cosy weekend away at Homewood Park would be just the ticket to restore your soul before those chilly months ahead! Take a look at my short video that features the dishes we tried on the menu, let me know what you think in the comments box below!
For booking details and more information regarding the hotel, spa and restaurant, please visit their website here.