One of the main reasons for going up to stay at the lovely Tewkesbury Park (a full review of our hotel stay here) was to try the delicious dishes served in the newly refurbished Mint Restaurant. Disclaimer: We were invited to spend a weekend at Tewkesbury Park but all thoughts, images and fork twirlings are very much my own.
Hotel restaurants can be hit and miss – we stayed in a hotel a fortnight later that didn’t hold a candle to just how delicious Mint Restaurant at Tewkesbury Park was.
From breakfast to dinner, we enjoyed every morsel (so much so, Mr Kiwi had an identical dinner the second evening we were there he enjoyed his dishes so much. He also apologised as ‘it’s not very bloggery’ but I say taste over anything else!)
Let us begin with breakfast – as that is how all good days start.
The quality of ingredients is so prized, small placards proudly display their origins; sausages handmade to a top secret recipe, unique to Tewkesbury Park. and eggs gathered less than 4 miles over the valleys.
Oh, and the speciality Clifton Coffee was so good we had about 3,000 top ups.
The fabulously fresh food offering is directed by head chef Anuj Thakur, who works particularly closely with the seasons, and takes advantage of the finest ingredients from local producers. Changing eight times a year, the menu will carry through the mint theme, but will feature the season’s relevant herb, from “Winter Mint” featuring mint and sage, to “Early Summer Mint” with mint and lavender.
During our leisurely stay, we enjoyed two delicious dinners from the light and flavoursome menu. “We’re all about relaxed, informal feasting, tucking into plates brimming with top-notch ingredients from top-notch suppliers, who are as local as possible.” And they hit the nail on the head.
Above: Ham hock and corn-fed chicken terrine with traditional piccalilli, brioche toast, curly endive salad
Above: Crispy Creedy Carver duck leg croquette accompanied by charred courgette tagliatelle, sweet chilli dressing, peanut butter purée
Below: The Indian mint & aloo tikki chaat was a particular stunner – an Indian spiced potato cake, mint & pea stuffing, tamarind and pomegranate. So good Mr Kiwi couldn’t resist enjoying it two nights in a row.
Our mains had the same delicate balance; my Gloucester Old Spot pork rib eye (with vine tomatoes, portobello mushroom, confit onion, triple-cooked chips, peppercorn sauce…)
… my Roast guinea fowl, winter vegetable cassoulet, sage & onion fritter, Chardonnay sauce…
….and the Mr thoroughly enjoyed his braised shin of Herefordshire beef, potato gratin, grilled heritage carrots, chestnuts and beef jus, twice.
For dessert, I chose the intriguing ginger & cardamom Greek yoghurt panna cotta served with poached rhubarb, sweet basil sorbet, crystalised tuille…
…and we shared the perfectly cooked dark chocolate fondant, complete with an exquisitely sumptuous liquid centre.
The restaurant was beautiful too, hitting just the right balance of cozy and sumptuous, making it all too easy to linger for a post-dinner aperterif – and the team in the restaurant are superb. Friendly, meticulous and I really wanted to take Jean home with us she was such a sweetie!
See what I mean about deliciously linger-able spots?
Thank you again for having us – our stay at Tewkesbury Park was an absolute delight.