The Canadian and I were recently invited along to Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill to experience their new menu. Set within the gorgeous grounds of Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House I was excited to head over and explore the hotel grounds and have a taste of their delectable and locally-sourced dishes.
With this being my first visit to both a Marco Pierre White restaurant and Hilton Cadbury House I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I’d heard of the acclaimed chef and of course had seen him on various television shows but wasn’t aware that he also has more than 35 restaurants across the UK (with two located right here in Bristol!). Hilton Cadbury House is the perfect location for occasion dining whether that be a romantic dinner for two like ours (well…it was a week before the wedding!) or a celebration with friends and family. The stunning views over the surrounding countryside really do add to the relaxed yet sumptuous atmosphere and reminded me how nice it can be to escape the city sometimes!
The menus offer a wide selection of choice featuring fresh, seasonal produce from local suppliers based in the South West. You can choose from the A La Carte, Daily Set Menu, a traditional Sunday Lunch and also Afternoon Tea (I think I’ll have to head back to try this one in particular!).
We made our choices from the A La Carte menu (it was a tricky decision for sure!) whilst sipping on a glass of the pleasant house white wine. Everything sounded amazing and of course The Canadian indulged in choosing different dishes to me so that we could try as much of the menu as possible! To start I chose seared sea scallops with black pudding with crisp pancetta and cauliflower purée whilst he had Wheeler’s crispy calamari with sauce tartare and fresh lemon.
Both dishes arrived speedily by our ever attentive waiter and were presented beautifully. I can’t say I’m a huge black pudding fan (the scallops enticed me though!) but with such a subtle flavour and a delicious texture I can honestly say I really enjoyed my dish. The calamari was also tasty, benefitting from a flavoursome homemade tartare sauce and a crispy batter coating.
For our main course I ordered grilled 35 day aged sirlion steak accompanied by roasted vine tomatoes, watercress and triple cooked chips (always a fan of chips cooked once let alone three times!). I also opted for a side of buttered garden peas with fresh mint…I felt I needed to try and check off one of the ‘5 a day’ so I felt less guilty about ordering dessert later! The Canadian went for one of his firm favourites roast rump of lamb à la dijonnaise with gratin dauphinoise, haricot vert, rosemary and roasting juices.
Again both dishes were served swiftly and presented well, the steak was cooked to perfection and the lamb was the perfect amount of pink. The triple cooked chips went down a treat as did all of the vegetables with lots of noises of agreement all round.
Time for dessert and I literally can’t help myself but order a cheesecake if it’s available on the menu! It was a no-brainer for me to go for baked vanilla cheesecake with fresh blueberry sauce (not too dissimilar from our wedding dessert actually!). The Canadian had an easy decision too once he noticed Mr Coulson’s sticky toffee pudding with hot butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Although traditional favourites these desserts were presented in a stylish fashion and the flavours were top notch. The cheesecake was soft and delicious with a sharp zing of blueberry to complement whilst the pudding wasn’t stodgy and had just the right amount of sweetness.
We both came away from Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill feeling as though we had indulged but not over-eaten. The portion sizes and presentation were perfect and the dishes we tried really were delicious. The service from start to finish was impeccable and our waiter was attentive but discreet and allowed us to have a romantic evening together whilst also accommodating any requests we had. We’ll definitely be heading back here and perhaps incorporating a visit to the hotel (I do love a spa day!) next time too!
Have you been to a Marco Pierre White restaurant? I’d love you to let me know what you thought in the comments!
The Blonde x
*This is a collaborative post with the lovely folks at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill but as always all opinions are my own and I only feature products or events that are fitting and in keeping with the tone and content of my blog or Instagram page.