This hotel is in a fabulous location. They are in their element for company events and especially weddings. The fine grounds are superb and well worth exploring, the staff are friendly and helpful, and it has a great spa and gym. BUT, and there is a " but" coming.
The Oak Room boasts a Michelin star chef and, therefore, we were especially
attracted to try his food. We are used to fine dinning and expected a fine
dinning experience. We felt let down.
Firstly, the restaurant dress code ("smart casual") was liberally interpreted by those present. A simple dress code rule of “jackets for gentlemen" might have prevented the down market appearance of some of the diners. Secondly, the wine I ordered was not available. A restaurant of this standing should have up to date wine list. Next, my wife’s menu fell apart (?!).
We had to ask the “front of house” lady to kindly request one of the guests to stop using his mobile phone (which the diner ignored and continued to use). The wedding party next door were obviously enjoying themselves with sounds of their screams, disco, and fireworks pervading the restaurant atmosphere. Oh yes -the food? It was beautifully presented but remarkably bland. Taking into account the overall lack of ambiance, the distractions, and an unadventurous dining experience (e.g. the cold, hard Foie gras), at over £200 for our meal for two this was not a Michelin star experience for us.
The final episodes were at breakfast. A shoeless diner sets the scene. Our eggs Benedict miraculously turned into smoked salmon and scrambled eggs which meant that, by the time we had got the food we ordered, staff were clattering plates around us and clearing up the breakfast room as we were the only ones left following our long wait.
It is not cheap hotel - a dry sherry will cost you nearly £9. If you want to spend your money wisely on luxury food and drink this is not the place for you. The cost of fine food at over £100 per head is not unreasonable for haut cuisine and there are several restaurants locally where you will feel your money is better spent.
The venue caters perfectly for large functions/weddings so be aware if you are a couple hoping for a romantic quiet weekend you may get swamped.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Danesfield House Hotel and Spa is located between Marlow and Henley-on-Thames in Buckinghamshire, just 30 minutes away from central London. Surrounded by 65 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland with the River Thames and Chiltern Hills as a backdrop this romantic country house is home to 79 individually and beautifully presented bedrooms and suites, some with traditional luxury and others in a more contemporary style offering extra space over two floors. The Restaurant at Danesfield House is known for using seasonal local produce with menus changing regularly to reflect this and in warmer months The Terrace is ideal for alfresco dining especially enjoying a quintessentially British afternoon tea overlooking the gardens. Spa Illuminata at Danesfield House is an award-winning spa, specialising in overall wellbeing and relaxation. Featuring a 20-metre azure blue swimming pool, eight treatment rooms, studio and fully equipped gym, the spa offers residential experiences, day spa, treatments and health club membership. Visit Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, relax and experience ultimate British hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Danesfield House Hotel And Marlow
- Danesfield Hotel Marlow