Brocco on the Park
This stylishly refurbished Edwardian boutique hotel has earned high praise for its luxurious, Scandinavian interior. With Farrow & Ball-painted walls and a discreet bird theme that references Picasso’s peace dove – he is thought to have stayed here while attending a peace conference – its homely, feel-good atmosphere is perfect for all manner of occasions.
Start the day in Brocco Kitchen with a hearty breakfast, power smoothie, eggs cooked just the way you like them, or fresh waffles accompanied by an artisan coffee, Brocco Mary or Bucks Fizz. Pick the team’s brains about provenance; they’re more than happy to share their knowledge. Throughout the day, merrymakers are treated to beautiful small plates, main dishes and nourishing house specialities that, like the interior, are guided by the seasons and are influenced by Scandi cuisine. Depending on the time of the year, menus might include hassleback Jerusalem artichokes with artichoke purée, wild mushrooms and truffle oil, or roasted venison with thyme and juniper, baby beetroot, venison rosti and celeriac purée. To finish, succumb to the cardamom rice pudding with roasted plums, or honey and lavender panna cotta with apricot jam and honeycomb. Vegetarians, vegans, and those with wheat and gluten intolerances are amply catered for. Visit on a weekend and indulge in the afternoon tea, comprising delicate finger sandwiches, mini savouries and sweet treats. Extend a visit by booking one of the stylishly appointed rooms.