West Park Hotel Harrogate Review – Harrogate Best Restaurants – Best Hotels Harrogate – Written by Paul Conboy follow on Instagram and Twitter @fatfoodclub –
Forget the working week – absolute relaxation is guaranteed at North Yorkshire’s AA rosette award winning West Park Hotel, Harrogate.
Facing 200 acres of the Stray and set in an old Victorian townhouse, this ultra modern, stylish and quirky stay will leave you coming back for more, time and time again. We made our visit to the West Park Hotel on a rainy Friday evening in September, staying one night with an evening three-course meal. This included a bottle of house wine and a breakfast the following morning. Our check-in was hassle free and with our friendly hosts showing us to our delightfully Yorkshire named Nidd suite, we were soon feeling the stress and strains of our working week quickly disappear. By the time we had dropped our bags, the West Park had us gripped. Underfloor heating, supersized baths, views across the Stray, espresso coffee making facilities, super fast wifi and with a yellow duck named Olli up for adoption – this townhouse was feeling more like home with every second that passed.
Having freshened up and suitably dressed, casual but smart – we headed for dinner. Throughout, our meal (and our whole stay for that matter) service was attentive. With an extensive al carte menu covering locally sourced and seasonal, you will be completely spoilt for choice. Suitably impressed, we were brought a delicious tasting amuse bouche of carrot and coriander. Followed by a mixed seafood platter (the haddock goujons need a special mention as the super light batter was the lightest either of us had ever eaten) and a well recommended glazed barbecue and smokey bacon scotch egg.
For the main course, we were brought a locally sourced and excellent tasting rack of lamb served with a rosemary and Dijon mustard marinate, crushed new potatoes and oyster mushrooms. The sirloin delivered the same food delight as the lamb, that signature warming pink; both perfectly cooked and rested made each dish cut like butter. Served with the best chunky chips we had tasted in a long time, the food was nothing short of outstanding. We were struggling to make room, but given our experience so far, we did not pass on dessert. An indulgent dark chocolate delice with chocolate and sea salt ice cream and a warm sauce sealed the deal that we were now not in only food heaven but the feeling that the West Park Hotel is something quite special altogether.
Waking up to breakfast at the AA rosette award winning West Park Hotel is something to behold. Celebrating local and with a Yorkshire heart, the breakfasts here are fresh, healthy and award winning. Guests at the West Park will be simply spoilt for choice.
With a range of drink choices from the entertainingly titled ‘Morning Cures’, guests can indulge with the Mimosa of fresh orange topped with Prosecco or even a Yorkshire garden made with cucumber, crushed ice, apple juice and of course Hendricks Gin. Staying healthy is just as tempting with smoothies from apple and blackberry to a deliciously blended raspberry and cranberry.
With the arrival of Autumn and the leaves on the turn, we typically stuck with the Full Yorkshire Breakfast. Working closely with multi award winning butcher, Lishman’s of Ilkley, the West Park is proud to be serving up excellent quality throughout its menu.
A boutique hotel in every sense of the word, the charm of the West Park Hotel will stay with you long after checkout. More experience than stay, it should be on the list for anyone who deserves a getaway to luxury.
West Park Hotel, 19 West Park, Harrogate HG1 1BJ – 01423 524471
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West Park Hotel Harrogate Review – Harrogate Best Restaurants – Best Hotels Harrogate – Written by Paul Conboy follow on Instagram and Twitter @fatfoodclub