Nestled in over seven acres of verdant gardens, the four star Parkway Hotel is an undeniably attractive spot. Alongside the award-winning grounds and a beautiful patio garden perfect for al fresco dining, the hotel boasts a luxurious private leisure club and spa. For those planning large events there are also several excellent event spaces. A fantastic setting for special occasions, the hotel is equally well suited to a pleasant evening out and it was the two-AA-rosette-awarded restaurant we came to visit. The classical dining space was bright and airy, with simple, elegant table settings and modern crockery. There was a choice of an à la carte or a three-course set menu – both creative, varied and seasonal.
While we perused the menu we enjoyed complimentary homemade bread, including gluten-free bread for my friend, with delicious curried butter. My companion chose a starter of juicy roast scallops, perfectly complemented by pickled cucumber, tarragon emulsion and piquant tomato and caper vinaigrette. The dish was perfectly seasoned and bursting with fresh, vibrant flavours. My choice of crab arancini served with brown crab meat, mayonnaise with truffles and aged Parmesan was rich and tasty, offering complex layers of flavour that blended together perfectly. The presentation of every dish was exceptionally elegant. For mains I selected the lamb rump which was perfectly executed and extremely succulent, served with sweet potato gnocchi, chive emulsion, peas and Parmesan. My companion’s pork belly was declared utterly delicious, as was its accompaniment of flavoursome carrot and ginger purée, perfectly seasoned potato terrine and almonds. It was clear from every dish that the kitchen team places great emphasis on fresh produce and bold flavours, but even the subtlest flavours shone effortlessly through.
For pudding, I indulged in moreish chocolate crémeux with salted caramel, hazelnut sable and praline – a pudding wonderfully reminiscent of Ferrero Rocher. My guest chose a creamy and perfectly set vanilla panna cotta with raspberry jelly and a white chocolate cookie sandwich. The pudding portions were generous and we left feeling extremely content. Throughout our visit we were impressed by the discrete yet attentive manner of the staff. After such an excellent experience we’re already planning our return visit.