Byron’s Brasserie at Colwick Hall
Housed within the magnifi cent Grade II* listed Georgian building – the ancestral home of iconic poet Lord Byron – Colwick Hall is nestled in over 60 acres of charming woodland. The four-star boutique hotel is renowned for its stunning design and individuality as well as its proud history.
Holding its own as a foodie destination, Byron’s Brasserie is the ideal spot for afternoon tea and fine dining. The dining room is simply exquisite and adds the perfect dash of elegance to every occasion. Vintage decor and quotes from Byron, who is considered one of Britain’s greatest poets, adorn the walls and enhance the romantic ambience.
If poetry doesn’t warm your heart, then the eclectic mix of modern British cuisine and European flair will. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary gastronomy, head chef Jason has created an inspiring menu brimming with unique flavour combinations, creative twists on classic dishes, and a remarkable use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. My starter of sea bass with perfectly crisp skin was accompanied by a delicate prawn and pea cake, pea and lemon soup, and a prawn wonton – a beautifully presented testament to the chef’s passionate approach to cooking. My companion’s goat’s cheese brûlée, enhanced by beetroot relish, preserved blackberries, olive crostini bread, black olive tapenade and pepper ice cream was Mediterranean-inspired perfection.
The exciting selection of main courses offers unique dishes presented with style. Pan-roasted haunch of venison with a hearty white bean cassoulet is one of the chef’s signature dishes and is a firm favourite with diners. I enjoyed the show-stopping chicken supreme, stuffed with Parmesan mousse and wrapped in Parma ham, which was enhanced by crispy chicken skin, Dauphinoise potatoes, chicken velouté, and seasonal baby vegetables. Imaginative food with flair, combined with chef Jason’s understanding of flavour and texture makes for a unique and memorable dining experience.
Make sure you leave room for a delicious dessert. We sampled the smooth white chocolate panna cotta with chocolate sauce, hazelnut twirl and white chocolate ice cream, and the wonderful raspberry parfait comprising pistachio sponge, Italian meringue and textures of raspberries – the perfect end to a sensational meal.