IMG_1573p IMG_1578p When it comes to hotel food, in my opinion, I can be a little dubious. The whole buffet aspect encourages the question of ‘where on earth has this all come from’ and understandably, when feeding the thousands (or y’know floors 1-6) it’s generally cheaper to opt for quantity opposed to quality. Of course, this is entirely presumptuous- but there is a stereotype when it comes to this kind of thing, and you really can’t blame a girl for wondering.
PicMonkey Collagedinner4 PicMonkey Collagedinner There have been times when staying at certain hotel chains (no names here) where the safest breakfast bet would be come Coco Pops and a banana (I know, trés sophisticated), and dinner would be taken elsewhere- simple. However, last month when Joe and I were invited to the Cardiff Marriott Hotel, things were a little different. Invited to try their new River Cottage menu, a partnership with River Cottage's Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the whole premise includes changing the opinions on hotel food, and using more sustainable, local and seasonal ingredients- helping local farmers and creating something pretty damn tasty in the process.
PicMonkey Collagedinner2 PicMonkey Collagedinner3 Opting for a marinated chicken salad with pine nuts, basil and raisins, followed by lamb with mashed celeriac with chilli and thyme- it was the perfect twist on a classic Sunday dish, with Joe trying out the brisket with anchovy and rosemary potatoes and the most delicious red wine sauce. With the meat having that certain 'melt in the mouth' quality and flavours complimenting one another perfectly (without being too overpowering)- it was certainly a treat. For dessert (after much deliberation) we selected the ultimate rustic beetroot brownie and delicious date sticky toffee pudding- and left feeling like a very lucky pair- certainly a meal so good, I'm pretty sure it's worth popping in, regardless of whether you're staying the night.

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“Culinary enjoyment is a crucial element of any travel experience and the partnership with River Cottage will not only enhance the guest experience but hopefully encourage local people to try our restaurants too,”
-Osama Hirzalla, Vice President Brand Marketing & eCommerce for Marriott International in Europe.

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The trial is also happening at Hollins Hall, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Yorkshire, with the aim is to see if it can be rolled out wider across Marriott hotels in the future

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IMG_1573p IMG_1578p When it comes to hotel food, in my opinion, I can be a little dubious. The whole buffet aspect encourages the question of ‘where on earth has this all come from’ and understandably, when feeding the thousands (or y’know floors 1-6) it’s generally cheaper to opt for quantity opposed to quality. Of course, this is entirely presumptuous- but there is a stereotype when it comes to this kind of thing, and you really can’t blame a girl for wondering.
PicMonkey Collagedinner4 PicMonkey Collagedinner There have been times when staying at certain hotel chains (no names here) where the safest breakfast bet would be come Coco Pops and a banana (I know, trés sophisticated), and dinner would be taken elsewhere- simple. However, last month when Joe and I were invited to the Cardiff Marriott Hotel, things were a little different. Invited to try their new River Cottage menu, a partnership with River Cottage's Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the whole premise includes changing the opinions on hotel food, and using more sustainable, local and seasonal ingredients- helping local farmers and creating something pretty damn tasty in the process.
PicMonkey Collagedinner2 PicMonkey Collagedinner3 Opting for a marinated chicken salad with pine nuts, basil and raisins, followed by lamb with mashed celeriac with chilli and thyme- it was the perfect twist on a classic Sunday dish, with Joe trying out the brisket with anchovy and rosemary potatoes and the most delicious red wine sauce. With the meat having that certain 'melt in the mouth' quality and flavours complimenting one another perfectly (without being too overpowering)- it was certainly a treat. For dessert (after much deliberation) we selected the ultimate rustic beetroot brownie and delicious date sticky toffee pudding- and left feeling like a very lucky pair- certainly a meal so good, I'm pretty sure it's worth popping in, regardless of whether you're staying the night.

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“Culinary enjoyment is a crucial element of any travel experience and the partnership with River Cottage will not only enhance the guest experience but hopefully encourage local people to try our restaurants too,”
-Osama Hirzalla, Vice President Brand Marketing & eCommerce for Marriott International in Europe.

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The trial is also happening at Hollins Hall, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Yorkshire, with the aim is to see if it can be rolled out wider across Marriott hotels in the future

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38 comments:

  1. lovely photos, the food looks great too

    Jess x

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  2. The food looks so good. Lovely photographs as always! :)

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  3. It all looks lovely. I adore that quote on the wooden board at the end. It's something I'd like to have put up in my own kitchen - not that I have enough wall space for it. Something else to add to the list for when I move to my dream mansion house!

    Victoria, x shabby-chic-home.com

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  4. Komedia in Bath used to have a River Cottage restaurant, I miss it so much!

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  5. I just love the photography on your blog <3

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  6. Lovely pictures and love the last one......too much food is wasted. x

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  7. Oh the food looks jummy! :) ❇♥ Blog written by two friends: http://teenagewastelandbyhd.blogspot.com/ ♥❇

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  8. That looks so yum! Your food photography and styling is just so good at the moment. Well done. Also, I totally agree. I'm always so dubious about those soggy cornflakes!

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  9. omg it looks amazing! Just as good as a "posh restaurant".

    Hayley xx
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  10. Wow, it looks amazing, and beautiful pictures!x

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  11. Oh this looks really lovely!

    x Angela
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  12. what a lovely photographs :)
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  13. From what it sounds like, that food must have been scrumptious! Our school recently had our prom at our Marriott Hotel and the food there was nice but I'm kind of jealous it wasn't paired with River Cottage, lovely photos :)

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  14. the food looks so good, gasp! oh and the photography is crisp x

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  15. wow this looks a-maz-ing. i love great homely food that is satisfying and delicious :)
    Lauren x
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  16. Good on them. It's easy for hotels to get lazy in their food offerings.
    Also, that River Cottage Veg cookbook is my all-time favourite (and we have hundreds of cookbooks!)
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  17. Good on them. It's so easy for hotels to become lazy in their food offerings.
    Also, that River Cottage Veg cookbook is my all-time favourite. We have hundreds of cookbooks at home as my husband is a food writer but that's the one I always go back to. The recipes work first time every time and are always delicious
    x

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  18. I was so excited to see this post - I love River Cottage & everything Hugh has done for sustainability! If you cook & don't have his cookbooks I really recommend them, especially the 'Everyday' and 'Fruit' ones... I seriously feel like I don't need any other cookbooks because I have those.

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  19. I was so excited to see this post - I love River Cottage & everything Hugh has done for sustainability! If you cook & don't have his cookbooks I really recommend them, especially the 'Everyday' and 'Fruit' ones... I seriously feel like I don't need any other cookbooks because I have those.

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  20. Love that FOOD sign, should be put up in schools or something... :) Hannah x

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  21. Wow, all of that food looks incredible! A far cry from the hotel food I'm used to, haha.

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  22. love the place
    xx
    daniella
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  23. reading this post is literally making me hungry aha. lovely photography :)

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    x

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  24. The food looks so yummy!
    smozzy
    xxx
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  25. Sounds like you guys had a lovely time, and the food looks amazing! Wish I lived somewhere nearby so I could go here :p
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    Stephanie | Love, August

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  26. Everything looks amazing and so so scrummy too! x

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  27. Mm that looks so yummy! Making my tummy rumble haha xx

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  28. great post


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  29. Such a good idea to make hotel catering a bit more appetising and responsible. Glad it was as good as it looks!

    Rosie xx
    www.alittlelusciousness.com

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  30. lovely photo's, the food looks delish! glad you enjoyed yourself xx
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  31. Completely envious of your great photography skills as usual - your life looks beautiful! And what I would give for some of that food right now....;)

    Jo xxx

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  32. What a lovely place... the fries look delicious!

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  33. I did a bread masterclass at River Cottage a few years ago, it was the best day ever. Hugh was there filming a show, it was like a dream :)

    Katie xoxo

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