We were looking for somewhere special to celebrate our wedding anniversary and looked no further than the Corinthia Hotel. This was due to the reputation of Mr Thomas Kochs who was manager when we’d previously stayed at Claridges. This would also give us the chance to dine at The Northall and return once more to Kerridge’s Bar & Grill. There would also be an opportunity to try the amazing ESPA Life Spa which looked amazing.
Our arrival at the hotel on friday couldn’t have got of to a better start because as we approached the entrance the doorman came down the stairs gave us the friendliest of welcome before taking our luggage and escorting us to the reception desk. This really gave you an immediate good feeling about staying here. This continued as we were checking in as the receptionist was a delight to talk to and gave us all the information we needed to enjoy our stay. Once all checked she asked if we’d like some treats from the trolley before escorting us to the lift and giving us directions to our room.
Our standard room was on the third floor which had a small hallway where straight ahead was the walk in cloakroom. To the right was the bathroom that featured a huge bath , two sinks , a separate toilet & a walk in shower. Then across the hallway was the bedroom with all the facilities you required TV , tea & coffee machine , dining table & chairs and two french style doors that opened out to the inner courtyard. The room was kept spotlessly clean and everything thing you used was replenished either in the morning or during the evening turndown.
This was a fabulous place to enjoy your breakfast , lunch or dinner. The room is light and airy and has lovely views of the river thames. We enjoyed our breakfast here every morning and even had a fantastic dinner in the evening. For breakfast there was a great selection to choose from. The staff were warm and friendly which created a nice relaxing atmosphere so it really was great place to start your day.
On the Saturday evening we decided to try the Northall for dinner. This was due to me personally wanting to try chef Andre Garrett’s food which I’m now pleased to say was amazing. The staff keep their warm and friendliness as well as adding some professionalism to the service. There is only an A la Carte menu available. We started with oysters before enjoying our starters of the Guinea Hen , Pork Belly & Cabbage Terrine and the Treacle Cured Chalk Stream Trout. For our main courses we chose the Red Mullet and the Norfolk Black Leg Chicken with sides of Fresh Peas & Baby Linder Potatoes. We finished with a couple of delightful desserts. Sable with lemon curd , raspberry & meringue as well as Cherry with cocoa cremaux , cherry & black pepper sorbet. This was a truly fabulous dinner and one that I would highly recommend.
ESPA LIFE SPA
We were lucky enough to enjoy an hours visit to the ESPA spa which I have to agree with all the reviews I’ve seen that it’s a fabulous experience. We enjoyed the steam , room , pool and jacuzzi. When we got back to our room we felt so relaxed so I would definitely recommend a visit.
KERRIDGE’S BAR & GRILL
This was our fourth visit to Kerridge’s and once again the food , wine , drinks & service was excellent. We started with a drink in the bar where we’d enjoyed some great cocktails over the weekend before being escorted to our table. For our first course we chose the Cornish Crab Scotch Egg and the Pork & Mushroom Terrine. This was followed by the main courses of Day Boat Cornish Turbot and for me personally a stunning Saddle of Wiltshire Lamb & Haggis with seasonal vegetables , triple cooked chips & roast potatoes. We finished with a Cheese Course , Bread & Butter Panna Cotta plus a surprise as chef Nick sent out his “Comet C” dessert from the Great British Menu. A big thank you to Blaine and the team for another fabulous dining experience.
So after three fabulous nights it was time to head home. I can’t thank everyone highly enough because from the moment we arrived until we departed every member of staff was as friendly and professional as they could be and where anything that you required was never a problem. You can clearly see the effect that Thomas Kochs and manager Jochem have on the hotel which is why I would highly recommend to stay here.
I would now personally like to thank everyone at the Corinthia Hotel for making our Anniversary a special one and looking forward to seeing you all again soon.