I had wanted to visit Chewton Glen, a luxury 5 star Hotel and Spa, in Hampshire, for the longest time ever since James Martin told us during a dinner cooked by himself, whist we were on a Mediterranean cruise, that he was going to be doing cooking classes there. I had immediately looked up The Kitchen at Chewton Glen online as well as the hotel itself and added it to my wish list. It just looked so pretty!
A few months later, I saw an event by Pop up Picture Company in collaboration with Rick Stein being advertised for July that happened to be at Chewton Glen and I knew I had to book tickets for it. The event was called Rick Stein Sunset Cinema, and it was going to be Amit’s birthday gift because Rick Stein is his number one food hero. It felt rather serendipitous.
We decided to spend the day at Chewton Glen, and so I had booked lunch at The Kitchen. After a pretty drive from London we arrived and parked our car and wandered through the gorgeous walkway to the restaurant, which was buzzing.
It happened to be a gorgeous sunny day and so we opted to sit outside, and have our lunch alfresco. I am a sunshine lover and so I grab any opportunity to soak in some rays, and the outside area was really pretty.
I decided it was the perfect weather for a G&T and so tried their Pink G&T, which was made with a local Gin called Pothecary Gin and mixed with Peychaud and Elderflower Tonic and garnished with Lime. It was so good and seemed a popular choice around the restaurant, and one diner loved it so much he even asked for the recipe of it!
Amit went for the Purbeck Cider, and he loved it and it was served chilled and was really refreshing. We had fabulous views of the green gardens ahead of us and there was no place I would rather have been at that point in time.
For our starters we chose the Salt and Vinegar Padrón Peppers, which were so divine, if not a little addictive. I love Padrón Peppers because you never know if the one you eat is going to be the chilli one so its a bit like playing roulette.
Our second starter was an amazing Garlic, Rosemary & Sea Salt Flatbread, which was homemade from their bakery, and absolutely lush. It came served with its own slicer and it was devoured rather rapidly.
For mains, I went for the ‘Nduja, Fennel, Rosemary Sausage and Black Olives Pizza, which also came with its own pizza slicer, and it was such an amazing pizza. Amit even stole a few slices because it smelt so good!
He equally adored his lunch though, and he had gone for a homemade burger. His choice was the Creedy Carver Chicken Breast with English Feta and Dorset Black Garlic, served with sides of Asian slaw & rustic chips. Those chips were so good!
We rather enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, the warm and friendly staff and the fabulous food and thought we may as well have some coffee and dessert too and make the most of the glorious weather and beautiful surroundings.
Amit had an Espresso, which came with some decadent Madeleines.
I had spotted that there was Ice Cream on the menu from Laverstoke Park, which is locally produced in Hampshire, and so decided to have a scoop of Salted Caramel, and another of Coffee. Both were so delicious and perfect for the day. My dad makes ice cream in Kenya and so I am always keen to try artisan ice cream!
After that amazing lunch, we decided to go to the hotel and have some drinks and the lovely lady at reception recommend The Terrace, and so we went and chilled on some comfortable seats and people watched for a while.
I was really impressed with the fact that they had a great selection of Mojitos on the menu and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that they are my drink of choice. I tried the Treehouse Mojito, which was absolutely superb. It was made with Botran Anejo Rum, Fresh Lime, Walter’s Wild Apples and Pine Jam and a good splash of soda water. Divine!
The Terrace itself was stunning, with lots of gorgeous plants and decking, and a lawn beyond it where people were playing golf. Some diners were having afternoon tea there too and it was such a lovely place to relax in, before we were due to go for the drinks reception for the event.
I had a wonderful day at Chewton Glen and its made me want to come back and stay as there was so much to do and the grounds were stunning, and they even have luxurious Treehouses you can stay in. How cool is that?
There is a spa if you fancy a bit of pampering, or alternatively you can do cookery classes at The Kitchen. It is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and soak in the scenery and tranquility of Hampshire. I know we will be back soon after our little taster!
A massive thanks to Tom, the restaurant manager for such fantastic service, and we will definitely be back to try more of the food as the menu was amazing.
If you want to read more about the Rick Stein Sunset Cinema event, you can visit my site here.
To find out more about Chewton Glen, or to book, you can visit their website here.
My lunch at The Kitchen was complimentary (thank you Chewton Glen) but all views and photos are my own.