Earlier this month my fiancé Sam and I made our way to Cadbury House Hotel for a much needed night away. After a few manic weeks at work it was just what we needed. Cadbury House Hotel is in Congresbury, Bristol, just off Junction 20 of the M5 and is so simple to get to. Traffic dependant of course! Check in was at 3pm but we travelled over a little earlier, thinking we could enjoy the gardens in the Summer sun.
We arrived at 1pm and headed to reception to drop our bags off. We then explored the gardens and the beautiful lake on the grounds before heading to Bardolino in the Club & Spa for lunch. There’s a few restaurants on site including Marconi and the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse – the only in the South West – but more about that later.
For lunch I ordered Avocado Toast from the Brunch Menu and Sam ordered a Pizza. The staff at Bardolino were very accommodating, meeting my request for “something hot” to top my Avocado Toast with freshly cut chillies. We ate this on the balcony of the Bardolino Restaurant which I’d really recommend. It was like being on a balcony abroad, I forgot where I was for a second – I’m forever guilty of scrolling through Square Meal UAE picking which restaurants I’d eat at if I was to visit various countries such as Dubai!
By the time we’d eaten lunch it was time to check in. Armed with a complimentary double chocolate cookie (little things please) we were shown to our room. We stayed in a King Deluxe Room which is a larger than standard room with a scenic view of the gardens. We had a bath and a shower, bathrobes, toiletries and tea and coffee making facilities which I always make a beeline for – especially when they have green tea available.
We took enough time to admire the room, including the artwork of the Clifton Suspension Bridge on the wall but it wasn’t long until we were making our way to the on site Club & Spa. The Club & Spa features a relaxation room, outdoor hot tub, pool, a fully equipped gym and multiple steam rooms and saunas. You can bet we were planning on spending the rest of the afternoon here.
The Club & Spa is free for hotel guests but if you’re local to Cadbury House Hotel membership starts at around £50 per month. Definitely something I’d consider if I was local.
After our totally and utterly relaxing afternoon at the Spa it was time to head back to the room to get ready for dinner at the on site Marco Pierre White Steakhouse. The highlight of our trip to Cadbury House Hotel. We were seated in the conservatory and started eyeing up the menu almost immediately. I went for “Baked Camembert Fondue” to start which was served with a warm baked sourdough and a vintage balsamic dressing. This was incredible. Sam went for “Potted Duck with Green Peppercorns” which he thoroughly enjoyed.
For the main course I could not resist “The Governor’s Fried Haddock and Triple Cooked Chips”. After a disappointing Fish & Chips the evening before I was ready to be wowed. And I really was. I am not exaggerating when I say this was the best Fish & Chips I’ve ever had in my life, the fish was beautifully tender, the chips were some of the best chunky chips I’ve ever had and even the Tartar Sauce was divine. This was accompanied by a delightful bottle of Granache.
I almost refrained from ordering dessert but I just couldn’t resist the “Billionare’s Shortcake” on the menu. This finished my meal off perfectly. Although Sam did have to help me with the last little bit… not that he’s complaining. He went for the “Baked Vanilla Cheesecake”.
After letting our food settle – I think we were the last people in the restaurant by this point – we made our way back to the room. I’d brought Lush Bath Bombs and Bubble Bars hoping we’d have a bath in the room so I ran myself a hot bath and spent an hour in here, before heading to bed.
We woke up early to another beautiful Summer’s day. Although check in wasn’t until 12pm, we packed our bags and headed downstairs to breakfast. There was so much on offer, from overnight oats and fresh fruit, to a vast selection of pastries and of course a full English breakfast. Neither of us were hungry after our big meal the evening before but hotel breakfasts are one of our favourite things. I opted for a – OK maybe 3 – croissants and some fresh fruit and Sam went all out with a full English breakfast. I managed to resist, but I did steal one of his hash browns.
It was then time to check out and say goodbye to Cadbury House Hotel. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. It certainly won’t be the last!
Have you stayed at Cadbury House Hotel?
Until next time,
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