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Brooklands Hotel

Brooklands Hotel is a contemporary, design-led, four-star property built on the historic Brooklands estate near Weybridge in the heart of Surrey. Predominantly glass, the hotel opened in 2010 and has been designed for luxury, while embracing the rich legacy of the historic race circuit. The iconic site is home to the world’s first purpose-built, real race track opened in 1907. Taking inspiration from its location, the hotel has a 1920s art deco inspired interior, a critically acclaimed restaurant, a full service spa and the contour of the world’s most historic motor racing track running through the reception.

Milton Bayer_Brooklands_120703_44512Brooklands Hotel is the ultimate combination of stylish, state-of-the-art architecture and comfort. The hotel features 131 bedrooms and suites, some of which are the largest of any UK hotel. Every bedroom boasts an abundance natural light and many benefit from their own private outside space with panoramic views over the Mercedes-Benz track. We stayed in one of the hotel’s Track Facing Super Suites which was a massive 100 square metres with a bedroom with two large wardrobes, a large sitting room with corner sofa, an intimate glass dining table, 42″ flat screen TVs and an executive desk. The suite is designed to help you relax in luxurious and comfortable surroundings and is perfect for a romantic break or special occasion.

Suite with balcony MresWe entered into the Kay Petre suite which was a beautiful and large, quite clinical, but well decorated selection of rooms. Points of note included a beautiful balcony, a dining table that seated six, a comfortable corner sofa with a tic tac toe game (my other half reminded me is actually called noughts and crosses in the UK) and a contemporary style decorated bedroom complete with bath robes at the bottom of the bed.

 

Track Facing DeluxeWent to charge my laptop and noticed a lot of the plugs are foreign but found a handy English plug to allow me to catch up on SLOAN! magazine business.

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I headed off to the spa and had a 50 minute Lubatti Radiance Brightener facial by Tracey Malone which was absolutely divine. The hotel spa is a place to be pampered, to rejuvenate and restore health and well-being. The BSpa reflects the perfect balance between innovation and classical therapies created for men and women to experience an indulgent escape.

BSpa - lounger area spaThe spa has eight treatments rooms in total offering a selection of massage treatments, facials, therapies and body treatments for you to indulge in. The Meditation Room features gentle warming waterbeds that restore and relax the body to a resting temperature in a quiet, cocooning environment. BSpa has his and hers sauna and steam rooms as well as an outdoor hot tub that you can enjoy while overlooking the mesmerising Mercedes-Benz World track.

BSpa - outdoor hot-tubThe Lubatti Radiance Brightener facial is perfect for dull, tired or stressed skin and intensively detoxs and recharges the skin using a beautifying cocktail of antioxidants and revitalising plant extracts which restore health and radiance. During my facial my therapist Zoe used a vast array of Lubatti products. My favourites included a white cleansing cream with almond and vitamin E, a clear skin tonic with damask rose (which was alcohol-free, provided the deep cleanse and primed my skin to allow face creams to absorb better), a day and night face gel with aloe vera, rose and evening primrose, a sparkling eye gel with green tea extract and aloe vera (which visibly soothed and cooled my eyes – a fantastic pick me up), a regenerating radiant exfoliator and a Visible AOlift Face Mask which contained vitamins A, C and E (this mask is often referred to as Nature’s botox and it left my complexion visibly toned, firm and with boosted radiance). I noticed a difference in my skin almost immediately and decided to take my new face without makeup to the hotel restaurant 1907.

On the way to 1907 we couldn’t help but stop at the restaurant bar. I ordered the Kay Petre Iced Tea. Kay Petre was a star here at Brooklands race track and the exploits of this 4 foot 10 inch lady caused a media sensation at the time. The abiding image of Kay is a tiny woman seated in a huge 10.5 litre V12 Delage. This was a car in which she battled for the Women’s Outer Circuit Record at Brooklands with Gwenda Stewart. The bar at Brooklands Hotel has dedicated this iced tea to her which consists of fresh passionfruit, rum, vodka, passion fruit liqueur, shaken and topped up with Prosecco – a truly refreshing ladies drink.

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My dining companion decided to order the Mai Tai mainly because he has learnt to make it at Trader Vic’s and he wanted to see if 1907 could do better than himself. Mai Tai comes from the Tahitian word for “good” and the cocktail was reportedly invented in San Francisco, California in 1944 which is actually Trader Vic’s rival. Don the Beachcomber claimed to have created it in 1933 at his then new bar named after himself. Brooklands Hotel and bar has reproduced Don’s recipe using Lambs dark rum, Plantation 3 stars white rum, orange curacao, almond syrup and pineapple. I took a sip of the concoction and although I do think it’s better than my other half’s I had to at least make him feel good and tell him his was the best!

With our appetites whetted, it was on to the restaurant. Brooklands Hotel is proud of its historic location and so named the restaurant after the year the world famous Brooklands racetrack was built and opened. 1907 Restaurant, Bar & Grill offers a stylish dining experience that is modern and contemporary in both ambience and service delivery within a 1920’s and 30’s décor inspired setting.

1907 Restaurant, Bar & Grill 1 MresAwarded two AA Rosettes, the menus are designed with careful attention to bringing the best each season has to offer with simple, honest food, using local and seasonal produce to create classical flavours with modern cooking techniques. From elegant dishes sure to impress to traditional favourites like the Brooklands Burger, the menus have something to suit every taste and palate.

For starters I ordered the Pan Fried Scallops & Crab Risotto Cake with Campari tomato coulis and salted samphire.

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My dining companion had the duck liver parfait with pear compote and toasted brioche.

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The menu is inviting and provides a selection of mussels, risotto, goats cheese salad, pasta, crevettes or gnocchi which can also be taken as a starter or a main course. I decided to order the 225g 28 day dry aged rib eye steak and compared to one of my favourite steaks by Smith and Wollensky, the steak was served with crispy chips, roasted tomato, grilled flat mushrooms, a red onion marmalade and choice of sauce. I chose the mustard red wine sauce.

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My dining companion chose the rack of English lamb served with aubergine and red pepper compote with pine nuts, raisins and a basil crust. He ordered a side portion of sweet potato fries while I ordered my French fries with Cajun salt.

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We took a closer look at that lovely lamb perfectly cooked

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For the sweet endings I chose a lime and raspberry dessert which was a raspberry parfait with crushed meringue, a raspberry marshmallow, a lime semi gel and crisp.

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My dining companion chose the chocolate and coconut dessert which was a light chocolate mousse with Malibu dark chocolate sauce, a coconut sorbet, chocolate macaroon and coconut crumble.

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After a refreshing night’s sleep we checked out breakfast. Breakfast at Brooklands Hotel is a indulgent experience with a continental offering of freshly squeezed juices, breakfast cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts, cured meats, cheeses, Salmon Gravadlax, artisan breads, pastries & croissants, smoothies and a selection of hot beverages. An English Breakfast Buffet includes a choice of eggs, bacon, Cumberland sausages, grilled plum tomatoes, grilled field mushrooms with thyme butter, black pudding, baked beans, fried bread and hash browns. For something even more indulgent why not try Eggs Benedict or Waffles with Maple Syrup.

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The contemporary Brooklands Hotel epitomises the opulence of the Roaring Twenties and Thirties heyday of the estate, yet also provides the very best in modern services, delectable dining, high calibre events and a stylish yet comfortable night’s stay. Attractions such as Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands Museum and Thorpe Park are all nearby. Service excellence is paramount and the hotel ensures this by caring for its staff just as much as its guests. This was recognised in 2015 when Brooklands Hotel achieved 25th place in The Sunday Times’ roster of the 100 Best Small Companies to Work For.

Brooklands Hotel
Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0SL
01932 335710
www.brooklandshotelsurrey.com

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