We arrived at Thornton Hall Hotel on Friday evening after a long train journey from London to Spital station in the Wirral, via Liverpool’s Lime Street.
As we arrived at night we were oblivious to the beautiful surroundings revealed at dawn.
First impressions were very positive, the room was a decent size with the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in.
On Saturday morning we donned our best lounge ware and went down to a buffet style breakfast. The staff in the dining room were very helpful, extremely attentive and came across as very sincere.
I opted for a Full English with all the trimmings, minus black pudding, it was nice and satisfactorily, the food could have been a little warmer in temperature, however, we did have a late breakfast and possibly arrived between the time that the breakfast was being replenished.
Sharon (Mi Downtime Lifestyle Ed.) showed me up by opting for a healthy selection of nuts sprinkled over natural yoghurt and fresh fruit along with a couple of pastries thrown in for good measure.
The other guests were a mixture of young and middle aged, their accents suggested that they either hailed from the Wirral or from nearby Liverpool.
There were not so many children present – which was nice as the atmosphere was quite grown up and not really a place I could envisage lots of children; as the hotel was so tranquil children could easily get bored.
The grounds were beautiful, there is a nice pond and what appeared to be endless views of The Wirral, very relaxing and definitely somewhere to go and hibernate with the loved one(s) for a weekend.
There was actually a wedding taking place on the Saturday and we were told that weddings are very popular at Thornton Hall, sometimes they have two weddings taking place on the same day.
We were granted a tour of the hotel by Assistant Manager, Adam West, despite only being in his role for a few months, Adam was very informative about the hotel and made us feel immediately at ease due to being so polite, charming and professional – a perfect ambassador for the hotel.
Adam kindly showed us some of the rooms and we even had a quick peek in one of the ‘wedding’ suits.
The décor is very traditional English, the hotel has preserved a lot of its original heritage and features which makes for a homely, comfortable, environment.
After our tour Sharon and I opted for a massage which was so relaxing, that I caught myself snoring on a couple of occasions – this was great as I find it difficult to relax and as an insomniac spontaneous sleep is a rare luxury.
Our massages made us both feel famished, we sought to sate our appetite in the quiet sanctuary of the hotel bar and opted for Fish and Chips– it seemed wholly appropriate to eat the national dish as we looked out onto the beautiful green English countryside, utter bliss!
The Lawns Restaurant
Later that evening we went for dinner at The Lawns, Thornton Hall’s elegant restaurant. The atmosphere and feel of the dining room was quite different from when we ate our breakfast; the ambiance was reminiscent of the 1920’s, the dimly lit lights and the mahogany panelled walls created an air of vintage glamour; I almost expected Joan Collins and Sophia Loren to be seated at the next table draped in diamonds, yet the overall feel was still extremely cosy.
On arrival we were treated to a lovely amuse bouche of Shitake Mushrooms with Parmesan Foam, Sharon had the Truffle Foam– due to her aversion to cheese. It was divine! The foam contained so much flavour, easy on the pallet, it was light whilst also being subtly rich, just the right amount of taste to tantalise the taste buds in preparation for my next two courses.
Still full from my fish and chips I went for the Seared Scallops, (sourced from Scotland) with watercress, pearl barley risotto and sticky chicken wings. The presentation was excellent and the chicken wings came without its skin; that was placed on top of the chicken, furthermore the skin was flattened and grilled and resembled a brandy snap in texture – a delicious oddity!
Sharon, equally still stuffed from our ‘light lunch’ opted for Home Smoked Salmon (also from Scotland) served with pickled cucumber and wasabi. The salmon was melt in your mouth soft and the cucumber pickles were a perfect accompaniment, topped with wasabi, she was one happy (even fuller) lady.
Being a true carnivore I ordered the Roast Loin Lamb (which was from The Wirral) seasoned with wild garlic and served with roasted new potato’s.
The lamb was amazing; soft, flavoursome, and seasoned with just the right amount of garlic to really bring out the natural flavour. The potatoes were cooked to perfection, the centre contained beautiful seasoning and just melted on my tongue.
Although Sharon skipped her main, like myself, she can never turn down a good desert and opted for Salted Caramel Fondant with yoghurt sorbet... HEAVEN. I went for the Milk and Cookies: condensed milk ice-cream with hazelnut cookies.
I had immediate food envy after I tasted the fondant, however, both deserts were truly decadent.
Overall I would definitely recommend this tranquil retreat, the staff and service were great and I can see why this is a favourite destination for weddings and those who just want to unwind for the weekend.
Price – £529 (excluding VAT) including breakfast, dinner and spa treatments.
Service – Impeccable.
Additional extras – FREE Wifi, Gilchrist & Soames luxury bath and body products.
Ambience– Comfortable and homely with a sprinkle of opulence.
For bookings and further information please visit: www.thorntonhallhotel.com