Christmas Lunch at Coworth Park Hotel





Coworth Park is an 18th Century Mansion House set in 240 acres of stunning Berkshire countryside. Formerly known as Coworth House, ownership has passed through the hands of many Lords and Ladies over the years. Now one of the ten hotels that makes up the Dorchester Collection, Coworth Park Hotel comprises 70 rooms, a Michelin Star Restaurant and two additional eateries, an eco spa, 30 stables, a riding school, a helicopter pad and its very own polo club.

I have been looking for an excuse to have lunch at Coworth Park for sometime, so when a friend and I were looking for somewhere to enjoy a Christmas Lunch, Coworth Park immediately came to mind.

Royal Connections

Nestled in Sunningdale near Ascot, Berkshire, Coworth Park Hotel is set out of sight and is easy to miss if you don’t know about it. However, the mansion house made the news headlines in May 2018, when Prince Harry and Prince William chose to overnight at Coworth Park the night before Harry and Meghan’s Wedding. This may have been an easy choice for the Princes, as they have many happy memories of playing Polo together at Coworth Park.

We arrived early in order to take in the beautiful surroundings. Everyone at the hotel is so friendly and made us feel welcome the moment we pulled up outside the door.  There is ample parking available, however I recommend getting a taxi as the cocktails are divine.

I ordered a French 75 for each of us. The gin and champagne cocktails were freshly prepared and beautifully presented, served with delicious sweet and savoury popcorn.

I stopped for a quick photo with the main Christmas tree on the way to the Drawing Room.

 

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We sat and enjoyed our cocktails with the most beautiful view.

The Restaurant

The day before our visit, I had received a call from the restaurant to reconfirm our reservation. The lady who called me was Andrea. I had emailed ahead to explain that I intended to write about my visit and would appreciate a table with a view if possible. I also said that I would like to take photos and, appreciating the privacy of other guests, would prefer not to be in the middle of the restaurant for this purpose. Andrea confirmed that she had received this information and that they would do their best, and I assured Andrea that I would not impose on any other guests by my photography. I didn’t think any more of it. When we arrived at the restaurant it was Andrea who greeted us. She was lovely. Her positive energy was delightful and she excitedly showed us to our table.

Champagne With A View

We were shown to the perfect table by a window. On the table was a card with my name on it. I opened it and it read:


It’s personal touches like this that really makes you fall in love with a place.

Champagne with a view of Coworth Park
Champagne with a view of Coworth Park
The stunning oak leaf chandelier in the Restaurant Coworth Park
The stunning oak leaf chandelier in the Restaurant Coworth Park

Our Christmas Lunch

We were spoilt rotten with the culinary delights presented to us. Trust me you will NOT be going home hungry.

Christmas Lunch at Coworth Park Hotel
A delicious wholemeal roll with three assorted butters.
Christmas Lunch at Coworth Park Hotel
Scallop Cornet with XO Sauce and Coworth Oreo with Smoked Cods Roe
Christmas Lunch at Coworth Park
Heirloom tomato, goats curd and garden mint
Christmas Lunch at Coworth Park Hotel
Smoked and Cured Halibut with Clementine, Rye, Herb Creme Fraiche with a “sprinkling” of caviar!
Christmas Lunch at Coworth Park
Norfolk Bronze Turkey, Sage, Chestnut Stuffing with All The Trimmings
Christmas Lunch at Coworth Park Hotel
A sorbet of sorts
Christmas Lunch at Coworth Park Hotel
Coworth Park Mont Blanc, chocolate, chestnut, pear

The meal was sensational, the service was faultless and the atmosphere in the restaurant was relaxed and friendly. All in all David and I had an unforgettable experience.

We stepped outside. By now the sun was beginning to set and the clouds and the Christmas lights were starting to glow.

The time had come for us to leave Coworth Park and head home. We had such a wonderful time and, although we tried the restaurant,  there is still horse riding, afternoon tea, the Barn, the spa and an overnight stay to experience. So for now, Coworth Park, we bid you adieu but you can expect to see us back again soon.

Coworth Park Hotel Information

Address:

Coworth Park Hotel, Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7SE

Hotel and Restaurant Enquiries: +44 (0) 1344 876 600

The Spa at Coworth Park:  +44 (0)1344 756756

Polo and Equestrian Enquiries: +44 (0)1344 756 763

Special Dorchester Collection Offers: Take a look

Or you can visit their website for further information on their Homepage

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