A Weekend at Clevedon Hall
Have you ever been to a place that is almost entirely perfect? Where the sun is shining when the rest of the country is in the shade, the grass is greener, the food tastes amazing, the decor is perfection and the people are some of the nicest people you've ever met. Clevedon Hall is one of those places.
Nestled in the heart of Northern Somerset, hidden behind stone walls and trees, Clevedon Hall sits atop a hill beside the seaside. It is a beautiful Victorian mansion that has recently had a £3 million refurbishment, which saw each of its 25 rooms and suites renovated to an incredibly high standard, each with their own unique design.
Clevedon Hall is primarily a wedding venue but can also host conferences or business events, it would make THE most beautiful wedding venue, just think of the photo album... I might have to start dropping hints to The Man just so I can go back!
So let's take a tour of the grounds, bedrooms and, most importantly, the food...
I was lucky enough to be invited to experience the luxury of a night at Clevedon Hall (thanks to Terri for suggesting me, she's a good one), I took one of my best friends Sophie as we were in dire need of a proper catch up and she was in need of a treat!
We arrived at Clevedon hall in the late afternoon after a quick trip to the nearby beach (which consisted of driving near it, realising it looked a bit rubbish and deciding to head straight to the hall...), the weather was amazing so we wandered around the grounds, taking in the beautiful architecture and gardens (and the fun swing seat!) before heading inside to see what more delights awaited us.
The staff were incredibly friendly and helped us up to our room with our bags, but as soon as the door closed behind us we let out little squeals of delight and started exploring the room, it was a-mazing! Each of the rooms are named after birds and we were in the Stork room, which happens to be named after Harold, the stork who lives in the lake in the grounds and can be found on the coasters in the room and lapels of the staff, he's kind of a big deal.
Remember, this is a standard room, I repeat, this is standard. It's one of the loveliest hotel rooms I've ever stayed in, from the beautifully soft yet perfectly firm four poster bed to the roll top bath and the giant velvet sofa, the Neal's Yard products in the bathroom and the most complicated toilet I've ever seen...
We had grand plans of exploring the grounds and the surrounding areas but as soon as we discovered the fluffy robes, we decided that a cup of tea and a face mask was in order! We relaxed and took advantage of the amazing shower before spending inordinately too long doing our make up, as is our want, before heading down for dinner.
Here's a couple of snaps of what we wore for dinner, I opted for a black velvet playsuit c/o Rare and Sophie wore a floaty, silk top from ASOS which I am definitely stealing from her!
Now it's time for the good stuff, the food. Alan Jones has recently joined the Clevedon Hall team as Head Chef, with a Michelin star background and trained under Marco Pierre White, we were pretty excited about what would be served up for dinner. And rightfully so.
The evening's culinary delights began with Prosecco in the ebbing sunlight in front of the hall along with a few other lovely bloggers including Terri and Emily, with incredible canapes including salmon mille feuille, quail egg on toast and duck erm... balls. I'm not sure what else to call them, but despite their less than savoury name I've given them, they were amazing! Tender duck surrounded by crispy breadcrumbs? Yes please. All day.
We moved into the library, an incredible room lined with books (sadly, not real books...) and took our seats for dinner. Our wine glasses were filled and our palettes were excited by fresh bread and lobster bisque presented in tiny espresso cups, an amuse bouche of sorts!
The starter was an incredible beef carpaccio with cherries and walnuts, it was light but completely delicious.
And now for the main event, the one I had been waiting for, the main. Pork belly with potato puree and apple sauce, dream. I adore pork belly but because it's so, so bad for you, I tend not to have it very often at all, but when in Rome! It was exquisite, the meat fell apart as it should and the crackling with just the right amount of crisp. The apple shone through and the spinach offered a welcome cleansing taste. Can I order one to go please?
The dessert was the only course that left me a little deflated, on paper it sounded amazing, vanilla creme with rhubarb jelly in a rhubard and champagne soup? Intriguing to say the least. But it didn't quite work for me, it was quite creamy after such a rich main and the fizzy soup was quite an odd sensation. But delightful nonetheless!
The Head Chef popped out to join us for coffee and truffles but we decided to slink off to the room to take advantage of the amazing bath before bed time, we're naughty sausages. We snuggled down in the amazing bed and were asleep pretty much as soon as our heads hit the pillow!
We rose bright and early in the morning for breakfast overlooking the beautiful grounds, even the classic full English was taken to the next level. Incredible sausages (aptly described by Terri as 'dense'), delicious bacon, naughty black pudding and perfectly grilled tomatoes. We were in heaven.
Find out more about Clevedon Hall here, it is an absolutely stunning venue not far from Bristol and if you're even contemplating getting married or hosting an event, you should definitely take a closer look! Prices and further information can be found on the website.
*Our stay was courtesy of Clevedon Hall but, as always, all opinions are my own.