1 Dec

Review: PennyHill Park

Surrey Occasions finds that the tradition of Sunday lunch is well and truly alive at the newly refurbished Brasserie restaurant at PennyHill Park in Bagshot

review2Sunday lunch out at a restaurant or hotel is a wonderful British tradition which has stood the test of time and still remains a favourite excursion for many families and couples.

It is something that is engrained in us from childhood and whilst so many of our other traditions have disappeared, Sunday lunch remains an untouchable cornerstone which is as popular as ever.

Whether you go as a couple, family or group the recently refurbished Brasserie Restaurant at PennyHill Park, is the perfect spot for Sunday lunch – and the buffet provides more than enough to class as a feast!

The refurbished restaurant is a mixture of modern and traditional that works well. There are soft blue and neutral tones throughout and cream pendant lights made up of elegant china petals add to the ambience.

Table heights and shapes vary, and are made from a combination of black steel and weathered solid timber. Three interactive cooking stations provide an enjoyable and unusual dining experience and head chef Roman Zalaba has created a brand new menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients and contemporary and classic techniques. The food is buffet style with the emphasis on five star quality.

To start there is a wonderful selection of traditional hors d’oeuvre and seafood including king prawns, mussels, prawn cocktail and smoked salmon; asparagus and hens eggs; various salads and soup of the day all accompanied by a selection of homemade breads.

For the main course choose from a selection of traditional roasts: sirloin beef with large Yorkshire puddings, roast pork with seriously good crackling and turkey with all the trimmings, plus fish or a vegetarian dish of the day – and to accompany all this a choice of traditional Sunday roast vegetables. Crispy roast potatoes, oven cooked parsnips, chunky carrots with real flavour, fresh beans and cauliflower – plus real gravy for the roast made by the chef in the traditional manner.

For those who still had room, the delightful choice of hot and cold desserts include favourites like cinnamon and apple crumble; pear and praline tart; fresh fruit and, if that was not sufficient, there was also a
small cheese board with some interesting cheeses to sample. And as you would expect from a serious five star hotel, there is a quality wine list to
meet all tastes.

As a bonus, every Sunday the Brasserie buzzes to the sounds of the fabulously talented Jubilee Jazz Trio, the perfect accompaniment to your traditional Great British Sunday lunch.

You’ll find the Brasserie restaurant at Pennyhill Park Hotel on London Road, Bagshot GU19 5EU. Available from 12.30 to 2.30 pm on Sundays, lunch is £39.50 per person; £18.50 for under-twelves and £10 for under-fives. Children in highchairs are not charged.

 To book your table call: 01276 486150 or visit pennyhillpark.co.uk