Hollingsworth Hall Hotel and Restaurant

6 Aug 2019 02:53
Published by: Kian French

I WAS invited to undertake a review of this stunning Victorian, Gothic Tudor style hotel. Built in 1870 it is certainly an impressive first impression as the photograph clearly demonstrates.

They quite rightly boast fine, informal dining featuring fresh, locally produced food products. Experienced, creative and dedicated chefs have produced a menu (although quite small) that will satisfy all tastes and budgets.

Consistency is always a prime factor and feedback from customers is testament to their continuous high standards. The menu is changed regularly and it’s patently clear that the chef’s passion shines through.

The decor has been cleverly designed to create a relaxing environment – perfect for a romantic evening or group celebration. Cosy, luxurious and unassuming – all at the same time.

The head waiter Arthur looked after us superbly, guiding us through the menu and recommended some excellent Chilean wines.

I started with the baby back sticky ribs. The meat just fell off the bones and the sauce was a perfect combination. An excellent introduction!

My partner Gayle selected the homemade chicken parfait with apple and fig chutney and toasted croutons. Another top mark!

The main course choices were very good – I opted for the seared sea bass fillet pan fried with chilli and ginger served with bok choy, sweet potato and basil oil.

Creative excellence indeed and the flavours combined brilliantly.

Gayle selected the sirloin steak served with plum tomato, flat mushrooms, watercress and skin on fries. Cooked perfectly as ordered (medium rare).

Very tender and couldn’t be faulted.

Feeling somewhat replete Arthur persuaded us to sample the dessert menu.

I selected the homemade passion fruit cheesecake served with passion fruit coulis and fresh berries.

Gayle sampled the lemon passet served with berries, Cointreau cream and fruit coulis. Both of the dishes were an excellent finale to a memorable experience. All dishes were beautifully presented and the service from Arthur and his team was friendly and highly efficient.

The hotel is open for afternoon teas, separate bar food and snacks and their ever popular Sunday Roast.

Hollin Hall has recently been taken over by its close neighbour, the Shrigley Hall Hotel and judging by their superb refurbishment programme which has recently been completed I can envisage exciting new plans for Hollin Hall.

Both hotels have provided free accommodation for residents suffering from the Whaley Bridge floods – an exceptional gesture which should be applauded.

Both venues are perfect for those special occasions – weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, etc. And with the festive season looming they are ideal for office parties, festive lunches, dinners and New Year celebrations.

Hollin Hall is well worth a visit whatever the occasion! Booking is advisable.

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