by Fiona Duncan-Steer

Month: August 2019

One The Brayford, Lincoln

One The Brayford, Lincoln

My recent stay at the stunning self-catered apartment, One The Brayford in Lincoln was made all the more special when I discovered just where it was located- adjacent to the waterfront known as Brayford Wharf with a spectacular view overlooking the harbour. A stroll along […]

The Alchemist Nottingham

The Alchemist Nottingham

The meaning of the word alchemist translates to a person who transforms or creates something through a seemingly magical process.  This perfectly sums up the entire ethos behind The popular bar/restaurant The Alchemist, where I had the pleasure of visiting recently in Nottingham for a […]

Hilton East Midlands

Hilton East Midlands

Hilton Hotel group have always had a great reputation for doing exactly what they say on the tin, consistent, affordable accommodation with all amenities covered and Hilton East Midlands are no exception, with their fantastic location just four miles from East Midlands airport, this is a popular stay for holiday makers, as well as families and those on business; based on the fact they offer conference facilities, free WIFI and a cyber lounge area.

I recently stayed at Hilton Nottingham and I have to say this is different again in design, layout and décor, so clearly you cannot compare all Hiltons as each are individual in style but as mentioned have similar facilities and cover everything you may need, from leisure, pool, gym, jacuzzi to breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.  Afternoon tea is just what we enjoyed upon checking into their branded restaurant Whisk and Ladle…

The afternoon tea is more than ample with a good amount of finger sandwiches with various fillings including egg mayonnaise, falafel, roasted vegetable with hummus and mixed cheese, which came in both brown bread and wraps, beautifully presented.

The freshly baked scones were still warm and of course served with strawberry jam and clotted cream- a must.  The cake selection was very colourful and again varied with miniature Victoria sponge cake, lemon tart, chocolate slab cake, fruit baskets, macarons and more- a real feast and too much to manage in one sitting, so lucky for us they were happy to box up the remaining to take to our room for later.

We enjoyed a glass of Prosecco and a pot of tea also, English breakfast and fruit tea – where a selection of other options were also available to choose from.

We retreated to our room to enjoy a much needed end of the working week afternoon nap and the bed I have to say was super comfy, fluffy ‘sink your head right into’ pillows and the cosiest of rooms- almost loft bedroom style with a slanted roof and Velux windows.  We happened to be there the weekend we were blessed with twenty-four hours of torrential rain,  so to hear the rain pelting onto the roof and windows gave a very cosy feel to our stay and believe it or not aided our sleep even further.

Dinner was at 8pm and we were seated to the rear of the restaurant- which was rather large with plenty of covers.  Our service was tentative, and we decided to go for a starter each with a main course and leave out dessert on this occasion, due to the fact we had cleverly saved our cakes from our afternoon tea sitting.  As a vegetarian I opted for the cheesy nachos served with lashings of sour cream, salsa and guacamole plus the odd jalapeno which I have recently started to brave.   Main course was the bean crockpot, served in just that – a good sized portion I was never going to be able to finish but gave a good go.  The bean chilli was served with a small bowl of rice and more nachos and was very tasty indeed, along with a pot of cooling sour cream.

My non-vegetarian dining partner opted for the pork belly pieces to start with followed by fish and chips which were served in a wire basket with baked beans instead of mushy peas (upon request), tartare sauce and a wedge of lemon.  The food was all very tasty and well portioned.

The end of the evening saw us retreat to our room to enjoy a bath and film before we caught some Z’s with another fantastic night’s sleep, before waking for the mammoth of breakfasts!

Breakfast is always a highlight for me at Hilton Hotels as they do it so well, covering all bases plus more.  You can expect a full continental and I mean full, with all of the pasties, freshly baked muffins in various flavours, yogurts, fresh fruit, cereals, juices, teas, coffees, smoothies, meats, cheeses and fish as well as bagels, various breads to toast and healthy toppings.

Hot breakfast choices on offer include the full English naturally with tasty veggie sausages and eggs cooked anyway you like by the chef.  I went for my usual beans on toast with hash browns, sautéed button mushrooms and scrambled egg, plus a bowl of cereal with almond milk.  Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free are all catered for and any other special dietary requirements can be upon request.

There is plenty of parking at the hotel with a sheltered loading bay right outside the front entrance coming it handy when the rain is relentless upon check-out. 

Hi-Light

The high light of the stay on this occasion for me was the fact that I slept like a baby the whole time I was there, which for me is unusual.  The bedroom was cosy, the bed super comfy and the pillows- well let’s just say I need to get ordering some of the same!

The Sleepy Vegetarian