I’ve been patiently waiting to try out the restaurant at The Fish Hotel since it opened its doors at the beginning of the Summer but what with one thing or another I haven’t managed to get up to try it out …until last night that was…
Light, bright and supremely welcoming, their restaurant is an elegantly laid-back spot to enjoy fine, seasonal British food surrounded by woodland views.
The Fish Hotel is part boutique hotel, part holiday village, part outdoor-discover centre, a new kind of value-driven stay in the Cotswolds – a back-to-nature bolt hole with a little touch of luxury.
Its 47 contemporary country bedrooms, activity centre and ‘gastro-buffet’ restaurant offer leisure and business guests an indulgent-but affordable base to explore the outdoors and soak up the scenery.
We were booked in for 8pm so arrived a little early for a drink of course and to catch the last of the Cotswold sun and this is a glorious place to enjoy the late evening sun.
These days as I am expecting a small ‘CotswoldCreate‘ addition so I had to leave the wine list well alone (sniff) however, I wasn’t too distressed as the only one thing that is lacking here so far is a more varied wine list. I really hope this changes in time, perhaps when the hotel starts to become more of a ‘hotel’ and less of the conference facility that it has been known as for so many years.
The food on the other hand more than makes up for this and as food is my main concern right now, (I’m rather loving this eating for two thing 😉 ) I’m not too bothered about the wine list. Come spring next year this will be a different story so I look forward to seeing what they come up with and, with Foxhill Manor and The Dormy House Hotel as it’s sister hotels just a hop up the hill away I hope they manage to combine wine suppliers…
The dining concept at The Fish is ‘gastro buffet’ style. It took an hour or so to get used to the concept but I think the more you visit, the more you’d like it as it actually makes for a fairly relaxed atmosphere, un-stuffy and informal and we felt pretty comfortable when we knew what it was we were to expect.
We were shown to our table and ordered drinks, then given a small menu to choose a main course from … There were 3 choices; Honey Roast Belly or Pork, Salmon Fillet and Pesto and Cheese Canelloni.
Neither of us eat Salmon and the Cannelloni didn’t grab us either so we opted for Pork but really we would have liked to see another 2 choices on there and didn’t feel that 3 was quite enough.
Once mains were ordered we were free to choose our starters from the buffet. There was again a selection of 3 hot starters including; Soup, Chicken Satay or Whitebait but this time this WAS plenty enough choice as there was also a well stocked salad buffet including cold meats, potato salad, pasta salad, fish, and antipasti …we stocked up well as is always the danger on a buffet and we enjoyed every last mouthful.
As we were chatting to Robin Honey, the very helpful F& B Manager at The Fish our main courses arrived. Robin spoke to us about the flexibility that The Fish offers and how they want to perfect and adapt their offering at this early stage making the The Fish really stand out by offering an alternative and not over fussy concept in the area, something that really works for everyone. As such they aren’t quite at the stage of opening up dinner bookings to the public, instead residents and conference guests are I suppose ‘road testing’ the concept and hopefully very soon locals and curious diners alike will be able to book in and sample the great food on offer.
Sunday lunch is available however and bookings are being encouraged …please click here for details
So, back to our mains…The Pork was a definite winner which we both really enjoyed.
Full of flavour, just the right portion size with expertly cooked ‘al dente’ vegetables and a generous drizzle of gravy and apple sauce…it was pretty impressive and a great choice.
Then for Dessert. To note; Dessert is now obligatory due to lack of wine consumption (as calories have been saved). Here again the buffet style returned and we were able to choose our dessert from the rather nifty looking SMEG fridge in the corner of the restaurant.
Without hesitation I opted for a Pistachio flavoured Creme Caramel and my husband chose a tempting and envy inducing chocolate cake …. neither hung around long let me tell you. I was tempted to go for seconds but thought I may be taking the ‘buffet and eating for two thing’ a step too far!
The Fish’s restaurant offers you the Cotswolds on a plate. Here are the prices and what’s on offer…
Gastro Buffet Prices
Lunch – 3 courses for £19.00 (Monday to Thursday & Saturday)
‘Fish’ Friday lunch – 3 courses for £21.00 (Friday’s only)
Sunday Lunch – 3 courses for £21.00
Dinner – 3 courses for £25.00 (Seven days a week)
Lunch – 12noon to 2pm
Sunday Lunch – 12noon to 5pm
Dinner – 7pm to 9.30pm
We shall be returning to the The Fish very soon and can’t wait to try out the Sunday lunch.
You can’t really go wrong here, getting a fabulous 3 course meal for just £25 in absolutely gorgeous surroundings and with great service. The 3 course meal is even less on a Sunday so we look forward to the nights drawing in and those cold winter Sundays when Sean, Bump and I can roll up to the Fish, get cosy by the fire, have a gorgeous meal and then snuggle up reading the papers and basically… chill out !!
I almost forgot the Games Room! After dinner, grab your wine or coffee and cheese (from the buffet) and have a game of pool, watch the tv or play table football, great of course if your kids are with you too.
And for those more adventurous types …why not book anhours clay pigeon shooting before your Sunday lunch, or go Quad Biking around the Farncombe estate …?
Enjoy your Sunday, possibly one of the last Summer ones as its definitely a bit nippier out there today. I for one can’t wait for the Autumn to come, any excuse to be able to head up to The Fish and grab my spot next to the log burner!