February 18, 2015

The Kings Head for Valentines

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This year for Valentines I was treated to a weekend in the Cotswolds at The King's Head. I was given a little warning. This gave me plenty of time to suss out the menu which is fairly new as the whole place was revamped last autumn. 

Situated right in the middle of the picturesque town of Cirencester, this hotel could not be in a better location.

Right outside the door you are faced with a plethora of cafes and lots of history. 

This is a very swish boutique hotel.  As you walk in through the glass doors, blazoned with a lions crest you are greeted with a modern reception where  everyone waits on gorgeously squishy velvet sofas and seats.

You head up to you room through the lounge area, so new you can still, almost smell the fresh paint. All delicious shades of farrow and ball grey,  particularly apt currently...

As you wind your way upstairs the soft grey corridors with the occasional  areas of bare stone all add to the contemporary feel of this 'Costwold' landmark.

In our room, fabulously spacious we were greeted with more velvet furnishings, this time all coordinated in soft ochre. I already have been converted to the idea that it is a necessity to buy a velvet sofa at the next opportune moment!

The Coffee table again, quirky but adds character and makes the room feel even more spacious.

We headed down to the bar to check out the menu once more but were slightly disappointed to learn that the usual menu was off the cards tonight and instead a delightfully cheesy 'sharing menu' took its place for valentines. 
One can't complain too much but, the Japanese Robatayaki dishes had rather caught my eye. 
We wandered around Cirencester for the afternoon before heading back for supper. 

Greeted with a glass of complimentary sparkling we took our seats to have a look at the various sharing options on offer. 

Starters you each had your own dish, I went for the homemade gnocchi. Which was delicious, a promising start, He had the quail and suffered slight food envy but never the less still promising.

The middle course...

A veg terrine, which as it sounds was a slight disappointment. Cold, jelliefied yellow courgette and aubergine didn't do much to get my palette going. 

Next up though our first sharing dish... fillet steak and sticky rib with potatoes and a pot of greens alongside. 
Not the largest portion but we felt satisfied by the end, even having left the terrine behind. 

After a little break, which was quite a relief- we had been somewhat sped through the previous courses... again a sharing course. 

Half of the dish really was delicious, white chocolate mousse topped with a quenelle of raspberry sorbet. 

Beside the mousse however was what seemed to resemble some sponge cake crumbs and a few raspberry pieces. Not the most elegant of valentine desserts, but we finished it all the same.

Finally some macaroons.These were light and, being a personal favourite, they were a nice lift to a more than a little disappointing, considering the cost, valentines meal. 

The next morning we rose early for breakfast. At £17:50 a head we opted out of the buffet continental and went for more reasonably priced a la carte options. 

A full english for him...

and a favorite, Eggs Benedict for me.

The rooms, the service and the comfort of this spic and span hotel could not be faulted and I am sure, should we come back when we could each enjoy our own meal and perhaps finally try out one of those promising Japanese Robatayaki dishes the food would also be up to match the rest of this experience.

Seeing as this was its first Valentines, this hotel could certainly be given the benefit of the doubt. I am hoping, at some point to return to see what this menu truly has to offer and of course sit on those squishy ochre sofas and read the Sunday papers once more.

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