THE BRASSERIE, ROCKLIFFE HALL

The hotel's main foodie spot is a chilled-out place, boasting pretty plates and breathtaking views...

Hang out
We visited on a Friday night, following a few glorious hours in the spa. The chilled out vibe was perfect – a busy restaurant is enough to kill anyone’s zen – and it was great to be in the company of relaxed diners and friendly staff who were more than happy to chat with us about our weekend plans once our meal came to an end. 

Decked out
Lots of dark mahogany, creamy gold walls and spectacular views of the hotel’s 18-hole championship golf course and beyond. Nab a seat by the window if you’re dining in the evening, or keep your robe on and snuggle up in one of the booths during the afternoon.

Sip
We sipped on refreshing ‘spa water’, while our dining partner enjoyed one or two glasses of Merlot. Go with what you fancy.

Food matters
Head to the Brasserie for brunch, lunch, your evening meal or a few courses in between pampering. However and whenever you chose to dine, the restaurant’s menus are dedicated to seasonal dishes, served in imaginative ways. A good mix, from the light and wholesome to the indulgent and hearty.

We ate
We ordered two courses each from the inventive spa menu, which serves up plenty of tasty options for all tastes and diets. We started with the hay-smoked mackerel (a whole fish in all its silverly, oily glory) on a bed of crunchy, zingy salad drizzled in lots of lemony and olive oil goodness. Our friend settled on the warm vegetable salad for mains, brought to life by plump gnocchi, duck egg and a fresh and spicy tomato sauce. Pick this if you fancy a light and perky dish following a few hours in the jacuzzi. We wanted something slightly heavier, so chose the wild garlic risotto with free-range chicken. The risotto arrives bright green, but don’t be put off. It was cooked to perfection – wonderfully oozy and creamy – with a gentle hum of garlic running through it. We would’ve happily eaten another bowl. For desserts, it had to be the warm treacle tart, served with a dollop of clotted cream and a silky walnut custard on the side. A nice option if you fancy a slice of comfort food.


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