By Marion Tamburro
Recently my sister and I were fortunate enough to experience an overnight stay at The Woburn Hotel. This 4 AA star rated hotel is a hidden gem set in the beautiful Georgian village of Woburn, at the gateway to the historic Woburn Abbey Estate. Upon arrival we were greeted by a young gentleman who made us feel very welcome, he checked us into one of the cottage style suites which had high beamed ceilings and lovely country décor throughout, our suite hosted all the normal home comforts, how wonderful to see the White Company products, you would expect including two televisions (just in case you wanted to watch something in bed), we were also treated to complimentary tickets for Woburn Abbey Gardens, concessionary rates are also available to visit Woburn Abbey & Woburn Safari Park.
Once we unpacked and organised we set off to explore the facilities, there are a host of comfortable areas to relax in, their afternoon tea, served in the newly created Repton Room, looked very popular however, as we were eating in the highly rated Olivier’s Restaurant later we thought better not. There is also an exceptionally well stocked bar with it’s original wooden beams where drinks can be served to you inside or al fresco. In the evening we went for dinner in Olivier’s restaurant, where again friendly staff showed us our lovely window seats, whilst sitting we noticed some vibrant art work on the walls and informed staff told us these pieces were by British artist Andy Shaw andyshawgallery.com, the dining room itself had a tranquil feel about it, the menus boasted a choice of six starters and seven main meals, the dishes are a collaboration of ideas from their team of chefs under the guidance of Olivier Bertho (executive chef). We ordered the grilled scallop with crispy crab bonbons which was accompanied by crab mayonnaise and avocado dip, before this arrived we were given an amuse bouche of chicken liver and mushroom pate in a little pastry tart, it was a delight to eat, delicious, when our starters arrived we were not disappointed the scallop was grilled to perfection, I’d go as far as to say the best I’ve ever had, In-between the starter and main the waiter appeared with a mango sorbet in a glass with a vodka shot poured on it a real palate cleanser and a taste bud surprise, our main course arrived mine was the baked cod loin wrapped in local chorizo, baby spinach, tempura mussels, squid rings and tarragon jus whilst my sister had roasted rack of lamb with navarin jus served with honey roasted carrot purée, spring onion and polenta cake, both meals were superb and had us talking about them the next day which is always a good sign in my book. We were quite full up by this time so opted to share the cheese board for desert there was an excellent variety of British and Continental cheeses, with homemade chutney and crackers served with fresh grapes and celery we accompanied this with a glass of Churchill port which was also delicious, all through our dinning and stay the staff were attentive and helpful.
I would recommend The Woburn Hotel and it’s fantastic Olivier’s Restaurant to all who enjoy the fine food, luxurious and unique accommodation with fantastic service in a beautiful setting.
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