Last weekend we had the pleasure of staying at Chesford Grange. It’s part of the QHotels chain in Kenilworth, near Warwick and just under an hours drive from home. We have already been to Chesford Grange twice before (you can read about our first stay with Little Mr as a baby here and our second stay with Little Mr as an 18 month old here) and have really enjoyed our stay so we were looking forward to returning to see what had changed (if anything) and to sample the new menu in The River Room restaurant.
To our delight we were given one of two suites on the top floor of the hotel and it was just an amazing hotel room to relax in. It had so much space in and it had two double beds; one for Little Mr and one for us to share.
The suite had a beautifully tiled bathroom with a combined shower and bath as well as complimentary toiletries. The room also had a big wardrobe space for hanging clothes, a fridge (an essential item for us and a milk drinking infant) a kettle with tea and coffee supplies and a safe for your personal belongings. The room also had an iron, ironing board and trouser press, hairdryer and a little relaxation area with a couple of arm chairs, a chaise longue which Little Mr loved and a desk should you need to work whilst you’re away. The space was incredible and it was so nice to be able to just relax and take in the views of the Warwickshire countryside from the top floor window.
The food at Chesford Grange was one of the highlights of our previous stays so we were keen to see how the menu had changed for 2015 in The River Room.
QHotels have been working with Theresa Millman, one of the UK’s top nutritionists and Michelin starred Chef John Wood to create a selection of dishes that are both nutritious and healthy, perfect for people like me who are trying to be healthier with their diet. The dishes have been created to be low in gluten, low in fat but high in essential nutrients and vitamins whilst remaining delicious and filling.
I ordered the Crispy Pancetta Bacon and Soft Boiled Egg to start followed by the main of Warm Giant Cous Cous Salad with Grilled Halloumi and a spinach and rocket dressing.
My food was delicious. The pancetta bacon starter was nicely presented and had just enough pancetta on the plate to satisfy me. I was keen to try an option from the healthier menu so ordered the giant cous cous main and it was really tasty. I’ve never had huge cous cous before but it was a well balanced bowl of grains with delicious grilled halloumi on top. I really enjoyed it.
My hubby ordered the Pressed Ham Hock Terrine with Tomato and Sweet Red Pepper Chutney and a Ciabata Croute. For his main course he ordered a Rib Eye Steak with a Baked Portabella Mushroom, Roasted Garlic Tomato and Chips.
The terrine was enjoyed and looked really good. Hubby liked it as it was something he wouldn’t make at home. He ordered his steak to be medium to rare and it was cooked to perfection. The meat was succulent and full of flavour and hubby really enjoyed it. It looked really nice and I have to say I was a little jealous when I saw it.
Hubby and I aren’t big drinkers but we were treated to a bottle of chilled Prosecco over dinner and it was perfect. I do like a cold glass of fizz and it was really nice.
I couldn’t turn down a dessert so I ordered the Sugar Glazed Lemon Tart with frozen strawberry yogurt and hubby ordered the Apple Crumble and Double Cream Pot.
We spoke to Matt, the River Room’s Chef and he was really pleased that we had tried something from the new menu. He had said that it had gone down really well with guests and he was pleased that QHotels have recognised the demand for it and were offering it on the menu.
The Children’s evening meal at Chesford Grange is a help yourself style buffet and they have all the firm favourites that children love; Pizza, pasta, chicken in gravy, sausages and mash, vegetables, chips and a fantastic spread of desserts including mini donuts, brownies and fruit salad.
Little Mr was really fussy with his food so had a little bit of pretty much everything and although he didn’t clear his plate, he did try everything and enjoyed it. His particular favourite food happened to be the cinnamon donuts and I can’t blame him, they were rather moreish (I sampled one for quality control purposes, of course!)
The breakfast at Chesford Grange is served in The River Room and is buffet style. You can order certain items on the menu to be freshly made such as an omelette or boiled eggs but everything else is self serve.
Little Mr was happy as he was able to tuck into some scrambled eggs and pieces of toast. Hubby served himself a huge plate of cooked breakfast and I was well behaved and had a bowl of bran flakes and fresh fruit. I would advise families to get in before the rush if there’s a large party staying at the hotel, we went down to breakfast after this large group had been in and it was clear that they had picked the best selection of cereals and fruit. Nevertheless, we had plenty to eat and there was something for everyone.
Family friendly facilities
Chesford Grange is really child friendly. As well as outside space for little ones to run around in there’s an indoor Games Room which is full of board games and a great space for family fun.
Little Mr was given his very own Quackers tumbler that he could take to the bar for a free refill of squash. In previous years, he’s been too young to appreciate the tumbler but he loved it this year and frequently asked the staff for a refill. There are also clean and safe high chairs for little diners in The River Room restaurant.
Little Mr was also given an activity pack which included a puzzle, some crayons, some snap cards and a colouring in envelope. As Parents it’s really good to know that little ones are looked after too. If the children are happy, the Parents are happy!
We also used the pool after breakfast before checking out of the hotel and little Mr and Hubby had a great time in the water. The pool water was cool but just the right temperature for half an hours splash about. The changing rooms were clean and the showers were hot!
The staff at Chesford Grange are really polite, helpful and engaging. There is nothing that they can’t help you with and we were really made to feel at home. Special thanks to Liam on Reception, Stewart, our waiter over Dinner and Elaine K, behind the scenes. Staying at a hotel where the staff are friendly and always look like they’re enjoying their jobs is great for customers to see. It does look like a wonderful place to work.
We were also given tickets to enjoy Hatton Country World, a local attraction a short drive away from the Hotel. Chesford Grange is ideally located for a number of family day out attractions including Warwick Castle and Stratford Upon Avon.
We are seriously considering booking a couple of nights stay with Chesford Grange over New Years Eve as we really enjoy our time there. We feel really relaxed, the atmosphere in the hotel is welcoming, the food is delicious and the staff are really friendly. It’s really nice to have a little bit of luxury whilst still being able to take the children with you and they’re not frowned upon for making a little bit of mess at dinner or making a noise throughout the hotel.
We had a fantastic time at Chesford Grange and would highly recommend families wanting to experience what the Heart of Warwickshire has to offer. You can check out their latest family friendly offers here.
Disclaimer: We stayed at Chesford Grange as guests of the management for one night but all photographs, words and opinions are my own. Thank you Chesford Grange!