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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Food & Drink: Brooklands Hotel, Restaurant 1907 Review

Cocktails with a tailor-made twist
Brooklands hotel restaurant 1907 review
Bar at Brooklands Hotel and Spa
Tailor made cocktails at Brooklands Hotel Restaurant 1907
Made to order cocktail with vanilla and passionfruit
Eye-catching cocktails before dinner
Quirky cocktails at Restaurant 1907
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crispy shell soft blue crab starter at restaurant 1907
Goose liver parfait brooklands hotel restaurant
duck breast with cherry ketchup and duck fat caramel and sugar poached potatoes
Peach and basil parfait with prosecco jelly and honeycombe
S'more brulee indulgent dessert
Restaurant 1907 overlooking Mercedes Bens World

Dinner and Cocktails at Restaurant 1907

Recently I was invited to visit and review the 1907 Restaurant, bar and grill, located at the luxurious 4-star Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge. 

Alex works locally in Weybridge, so I had already heard lots of positive things about Brooklands hotel from him as he had been previously for work parties, which enhanced my curiosity! 

Before dining, we found an enviable perch at the 1907 resident cocktail bar for a quick cocktail stop before dinner. The decor of the cocktail bar offers a modern and contemporary setting with 1920's and 30's inspired decor and embodies a luxury atmosphere throughout. 

The trendy bar has its quirky design touches referencing Brooklands historic aerodrome past with giant chrome propellers that line the back of the cosy black and red booths. 

Once seated, we were presented with the cocktail menu & treated to exceptional service immediately. 

As we were indecisive on what to choose, umm-ing and ahh-ing at the many choices, the bartender was very keen to help us explore the cocktail menu options, so first he quizzed us on our alcoholic likes and dislikes and then quickly disappeared behind the bar and said that he would make us each something bespoke, tailored to our preferences, for us both to enjoy. 

I eagerly awaiting in anticipation as I carefully watched the bartender crafting my unique cocktail concoction behind the bar. My cocktail was delicious and exactly my type of tipple - filled with vanilla, passionfruit, orange zest and prosecco - a trendy, upmarket take on one of my favourite cocktails, a porn-star martini, but even better! 

If you're a cocktail lover like me, you'll be pleased to know that I regularly feature and review the best restaurants and cocktail bars in town, be sure to check out my recommendations for other cocktail bar hotspots

Once we'd polished off our cocktails, our tummies started to rumble so we moved on through to the restaurant seating area. We were seated in front of one of the large windows with a view out onto the car-park and Mercedes Benz World racing circuit. 

We were invited to nibble on bread, olive oil and balsamic before our starters arrived - my goose liver parfait with wafer baked stirata & a ginger and apricot chutney (£9.50) followed swiftly soon after, while Alex enjoyed the crispy soft shell crab papaya and peanut salad with nam jim dressing (£9.50). 

Both starters are quite expensive compared to what you'd normally pay for your local, trendy, upmarket restaurant, however, the quality and flavours reflect the price. 

I went for the main of duck breast with a cherry sauce and honey glazed fondant potatoes - a very rich and sickly sweet meal, but I thoroughly enjoyed. I finished with a light and airy passionfruit parfait, one of my favourite desserts this year - the perfect finish to my otherwise, sweet and rich appetiser and main.  

Alex finished with the S’more Brulee with marshmallow, bourbon vanilla and chocolate chip cookie - how could you not be curious about a Brulee with marshmallow?!

If you're lucky enough to be checking into the hotel for the night itself, Restaurant 1907 is the perfect dining option just downstairs, there really is no need to even leave the hotel! 

With two AA Rosettes up its sleeve, the menu is carefully designed with simple and honest food incorporating local and seasonal produce in order to cleverly create classic flavours paired with modern cooking techniques. 

There are several local attractions nearby including Mercedes Benz World racing circuit, opposite, and the Brooklands Museum round the corner. I actually bought tickets for dad for the Brooklands Museum to see the classic cars and Concorde, so will most likely end up returning to the 1907 restaurant for a weekend brunch once we have found a suitable weekend to book. 

Otherwise, I visited the Brooklands Hotel Spa and will be reporting back soon, watch this space... 

(*) Our food and drink at Restaurant 1907 at Brooklands Hotel was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions expressed here are my own (*)

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