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Breakfast at The Chester Grosvenor was included in our room rate, and is not the usual feral buffet affair you find at most hotels, which even some high-end chains favour. Instead we were greeted and informed it was a la carte table service. There are ‘continental’ and ‘speciality’ options, although you are free to pick and choose what you would like to eat. We opted for Eggs Benedict, an Omelette and a fresh fruit salad alongside a pot of steaming, freshly brewed coffee. We were pleasantly surprised by the breakfast – the omelette, with cheese bacon, tomatoes and chives was delicious and the Eggs Benedict, cooked to perfection with lightly toasted muffin soaking up runny yolk and hollandaise. Tattinger is also available at a £14 surcharge per glass.
Dinner at La Brasserie
For Dinner, we ate at La Brasserie. We started with blackened aubergines (£13.95) served with Tandori scallops, smoked almonds and yoghurt, and the seared mackerel (£10.95) accompanied by a sea herb and chicory salad, green apple and horseradish. Both dishes balanced complex flavours well and were a pleasant surprise in terms of presentation – enough to get our taste buds tingling for the main course; however the aubergine dish was rather conservative with the aubergines themselves.
For main courses, we chose the Rump of lamb (£22.95) served rare with spiced pastille, rose Harissa, pistachio and date, and Shropshire venison (£23.45) well cooked with saucisson stuffed cabbage, cauliflower and redcurrant. We shared sides of hand cut chips (£3.45), spinach (£3.95) and cauliflower cheese (£3.95). We found it hard to fault either dish, and the modern twist of seared cabbage and cauliflower were delicious with the tender meat. We can see why La Brasserie has been awarded two rosettes from the AA.
For dessert we opted for the Coupe Maison (£6.25), an Eton-mess type of affair with meringue, cream, fruit and ice-cream. We also tried the Rococo chocolates (£3.85) and an Espresso Martini cocktail (£10.95), which was well mixed and perfectly presented.
The Chester Grosvenor also boasts the aforementioned Simon Radley Michelin-star restaurant, available for guest bookings 6:30 – 9:00pm Tuesdays to Saturdays.