Travel up the long drive to the portico of this Palladian mansion, which has been a hotel since the 1850s, and discover a venue steeped in history with beautiful surroundings. Oatlands Park is an independently owned 144-room hotel, serving lunch and dinner to non-resident guests, as well as their popular afternoon tea, with delicious sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a wide patisserie selection.
Set within the grounds of sweeping lawns bordered with ancient trees is the Mulberry Restaurant – named after a fruit popular in Tudor times. Head chef Charles Noorland joined the hotel two years ago and believes that simplicity, clean flavours and using the best ingredients he can find are key to good cooking.
I found that the Carpaccio of beef with truffle dressing, rocket and Parmesan had abundant depth of flavour and was perfectly seasoned. My companion’s roasted red pepper and tomato soup was also wonderfully flavoursome. For mains, I had the cooked-to-perfection duck breast, glazed with pomegranate molasses and served with pineapple chutney, Asian greens and soy jus. Pan-fried sea bass was my companion’s choice, which was paired with crushed new potatoes, tenderstem broccoli and salsa verde. I was craving a savoury note to finish on – the Brighton Blue cheese with walnut bread and grapes struck just the right chord – but my companion was tempted by the strawberry and cream panna cotta, which was served with a very moreish homemade lavender shortbread biscuit. We both had a coffee to end the meal.
There is a carefully selected wine list, which includes numerous options by the glass, and comprises red, white, rosé, Port and dessert wine, as well as a selection of Champagne and sparkling wine, including Prosecco. There’s also a comprehensive choice of cocktails and soft drinks. Service was smiling and helpful throughout, and made our dining experience all the more special. We’ll certainly be returning soon, and with the menu changing regularly in line with the produce available, we’ll have new delights to sample.
|Mon:||7am-9.30am, noon-2.30pm, 3pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm|
|Tues:||7am-9.30am, noon-2.30pm, 3pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm|
|Weds:||7am-9.30am, noon-2.30pm, 3pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm|
|Thurs:||7am-9.30am, noon-2.30pm, 3pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm|
|Fri:||7am-9.30am, noon-2.30pm, 3pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm|
|Sat:||8am-10am, noon-2.30pm, 3pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm|
|Sun:||8am-10am, 1pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm|