We had the pleasure of staying at a real gourmet getaway, The Burgoyne Hotel in Yorkshire, just prior to the Covid-19 lockdown.
We love weekend getaways, I mean who doesn’t? But as regular readers of our blog know, H and I don’t have the luxury of babysitters, so ‘gourmet getaways’ are usually out of the question. However, even with little legs in tow, our one-night hotel stay at The Burgoyne proved to be a very welcome break from the norm.
Formerly Hill House
Previously known as Hill House, the hotel was transformed into guest accommodation and then a hotel after the second world war. A quick flick through the informative historical booklet on display in the hotel lobby revealed that some of the fixtures and fittings in the hotel might even pre-date the original house.
The hotel has been lovingly updated by its owners and now offers guests a cool, desirable gourmet getaway. We received the warmest of welcomes when we arrived thanks to Steven and the friendly hotel staff. But even before we arrived, they were in touch to ask what food C liked to eat. They fully appreciated that a gourmet dinner menu might not suit his tiny tastebuds!
As we walked through the door and surveyed our surroundings, it was clear that the hotel staff took great pride in the hotel’s appearance. We had everything from expertly-made beds with perfectly-pressed sheets to some really chunky duvets. There were fluffy white towels in the en-suite, dinky fragranced toiletries from Noble Isle and the perfect shower and bath. The thrill was that this was ours for the night, no cooking, cleaning or washing up, just sheer relaxation, albeit with a toddler!
The Burgoyne Hotel is both casual and contemporary. Our top-floor Muker room was spacious, beautifully decorated in muted tones and we had the most amazing views of rolling hills. Little C was practically exploding with excitement as he explored everything.
The team had also pulled out all the stops to make everyone feel at home for the night. They provided treats, games, colouring books, pens, DVDs and even a couple of beers for daddy.
Fresh, locally-sourced ingredients
Of course, The Burgoyne country house and its 1783 Bar and Restaurant is all about great food. Dishes are adventurous, authentic and use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Having cooked at multiple AA rosette restaurants, the chef brings a wealth of experience to this establishment and therefore we knew he was going to deliver memorable food. In fact, it turned out to be the best meal we’ve had all year!
Before dinner, we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink in the lounge, played games and chatted to other guests. We were really touched that the exceptionally friendly staff had pulled together a very special personalised menu for little C – and that is certainly something we have never experienced before. There was an array of exquisite dishes on the menu for H and I and it was a tough decision!
There was a convivial atmosphere in the main dining room and tables were well-spaced apart (for anyone considering visiting post-lockdown). It was just perfect for our little family. H and I were finally able to have a wonderful dinner, cooked by someone else and served to us at our table. It was sheer bliss after months of uneventful meals.
Symphony of flavours
My starter of homemade seasonal soup, served with sourdough bread was sublime. H opted for the ham hock terrine, chutney, toasted brioche and watercress which was a symphony of flavours.
C had juicy melon, mixed berries and Yorkshire ham … with an extra side plate of pineapple, because he requested it!
For mains, H ordered the peppered rump steak, handcut chips and peppercorn sauce and salad which was substantial.
My roasted salmon fillet, beetroot gnocchi on spinach was divine. As for C’s mini rump steak, it was cooked just how he likes it!
For dessert I tucked into sticky toffee pudding and ice-cream which was just heavenly. H had the chocolate pave with blood orange sorbet and C just about made room for some ice-cream.
The friendly service and quality of food could not have been better. They certainly made little C feel like a mini celebrity. It was truly a super-Saturday for our family and one of the better moments of 2020.
That night, C fell asleep quickly so I filled the bath with fluffy bubbles, before falling asleep myself on the kind of crisp white sheets you only ever get in a hotel. It was the most relaxed I’d been all year.
Time for breakfast
Next morning, I sipped my cup of coffee while watching TV in bed. Of course, it was purely for the decadence of not having to wash my cup! Afterwards we headed downstairs to set ourselves up with a good breakfast, complete with buffet service too. Breakfast buffets are one of the best things about staying in a hotel in H’s humble opinion – but they often lead to over-indulgence.
We chose our full English platters from the menu, while C opted for just a couple of eggs. Once again, the experience of not having had to cook this was a real luxury. There were croissants, pastries, a fruit salad and cereals on the buffet so plenty of choice. Steve also made Cyrus a very special berry smoothie too which went down a treat.
After breakfast, we were tempted to hang about the hotel because we were so chilled! Instead though we decided to have a stomp about in the grounds before heading back to check out.
All in all, the meticulously, friendly staff were a comfort and made our visit just that bit more enjoyable. They were also really knowledgeable about the local area and good places to visit. In fact, they organised a special visit for us to Inspired Chocolate in Leyburn. I’ll reveal more about in a separate post. I only wish we could have stayed longer in our little bubble.
We haven’t visited a hotel since lockdown, so clearly there will be more measures in place to keep people safe. However one thing everyone needs now as we all recover from the effects of this pandemic is rest and relaxation. The Burgoyne Hotel can certainly offer that in abundance.
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Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. However, all opinions are my own.