Bridget Jones may have served up blue soup, omelette and marmalade in her attempt to provide a gourmet meal for her friends but the actual food at Stoke Park (where Bridget Jones’s Diary was partly filmed) is most definitely high end. Humphrey’s fine dining restaurant has three AA rosettes, there’s an opulent breakfast menu in the Orangery and all day top quality food to be had in San Marco, just by the spa. Start to salivate for your options whilst wafting your day away in this elegant and beautiful spa where classical music gently plays. Thalgo treatments, a pool, gym and an outdoor sauna are just some of your options. The 27 hole championship golf course might call you too. Stoke Park is just 23 miles from London and very close to Windsor, Henley and Eton.
A gastronomic seven course tasting menu using many local ingredients and Sussex recipes, accompanied by inspired wine pairings, awaits you at Ockenden Manor in the Tudor village of Cuckfield. Plus there’s an opportunity to sample the new vogue, English wine, at the award winning Bolney vineyard nearby. Before being sated, enjoy the contemporary spa which is filled with natural light and uses spring water from the hotel’s own source, including a walk through rain shower. Swim between the indoor and outdoor pools, luxuriate in treatments using Ren and Ila products, relax in the flotation tank and maybe enjoy some yoga or Nordic walking. Only one hour from London and 20 minutes from Gatwick by car.
Foodies take many forms and perhaps an exquisite afternoon tea on your spa break at the Midland’s new dedicated tea room might tickle your fancy – bespoke loose leaf tea plus a refined array of delicate afternoon goodies – yum! There’re also two multi award winning restaurants at this grand old hotel, one run by Great British Menu winner Adam Reid and the other, Mr Cooper’s House and Garden, which, intriguingly, uses “unusual ingredients in unexpected combinations”. So set your satnav for Central Manchester and rock up for some great food and a great spa experience. Voted Residential Spa of the year 2017 you can succumb to revitalising and relaxing rituals, facials, scrubs, foot treatments, plus four different thermal suites and lots more. The mantra is “redefining relaxation in Manchester”. Go to it.
“Innovative but nonetheless quintessentially British cuisine”? A spa that serves the best champagne whilst you have your manicure? Homewood Park must surely put a tick in the box for anyone looking for a foodie spa break. And not only that the delights of historic Bath are on your doorstep! Everything is about luxury at this sumptuous Georgian country house hotel set in 10 acres of parkland and gardens, from its award winning fine dining restaurant to its decadently appointed rooms, to its small but perfectly formed spa with hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, outdoor heated pool and excellent range of Elemis and Comfort Zone treatments available for your enjoyment.
This hotel has been in the top three Best Hotels in the UK for 10 consecutive years. It has elaborate rooms, wonderful food and captures Harrogate’s spa heritage using natural water from its grounds in the spa and elsewhere. Your foodie spa break can include fine dining at Hortos with seasonal dishes inspired by their kitchen garden, locally sourced and seasonal dishes at the Clock Tower and Yorkshire tapas in the bar. The spa itself has recently had a spectacular make-over and is now one of the most comprehensive and beautiful spas in the country. There is bound to be lots of things that will appeal – there are three floors of it including a rooftop infinity pool. Treatments include anti-aging, organic and Chinese practices. This Grade one listed Regency rendezvous is a must.
The Hilton Syon Park is a little bit different and ideal for group foodie spa break. Set in the grounds of the Duke of Northumberland’s 200 year old estate it prides itself on its quirky artiness – animal noises triggered by sensors and a mirror mosaic statue are firsts for me. There’s a Marco Pierro White restaurant for some great food and also a club room with ipod connector, pool table, loungers and a potting shed ideal for a catch up. Gossiping in the 10 person Jacuzzi, egging each other on in the gym and lapping up the pool together are also options. The spa itself is forward thinking with innovative treatments designed to provide a complete sense of wellbeing. You’re just on the edge of London at Syon Park yet surrounded by the peace of 400 aristocratic acres so hopefully not too much driving.
Don’t think it is just about golf at the famous Old Course Hotel, although that, of course, is of the highest standard; the spa, the Kohler Waters , one of our five bubbles, has won the ‘Best Hotel Spa’ section at the Good Spa Awards. Its premise, unique out of the USA, is to use the therapeutic benefits of water including hydrotherapy, facials, body treatments and massage. If you do happen to be a golfer, they also have a set of golf themed therapies including golfer’s massage and golfer’s feet renewal. The appeal for the foodie in you is the six dining experiences on offer at this five star setting, including 3 AA stars dining at the Road Hole Restaurant offering the best of Scottish cuisine including delicious local seafood. Don’t forget to go walking too in the exhilarating countryside around and take a dip in the pool!
Accessible yet tranquil. A short drive from the M1 with easy access to the Midlands and the South, there’s also Luton Airport for those coming from farther afield. Here your foodie spa break will encompass excellent casual dining at Adam Brasserie or the chance to upgrade to fine dining in Wernhers. Leisure and spa facilities include the chance to roam or cycle in over 1000 acres of parkland, or play a round of golf. There’s a huge hydrotherapy pool which links to the beautiful indoor pool, a techno gym, the latest in spa technology and treatments and a relaxation room where you can sleepily watch the display of stunning tropical fish. No wonder this former stately home and its grounds have been the setting for many a film and television show.
For all you fitness fanatics looking for a foodie spa break have a think about Hoar Cross Hall. With easy access from North, South or middle you will be there in no time. Take a run, cycle, swim or gym session first thing in the beautiful grounds of this former stately home then indulge in the most important meal of the day, breakfast, which includes porridge with honey, banana and brown sugar amongst much else. You can then slob out for the rest of the day anywhere in the hotel in your dressing gown if this takes your fancy, taking in the spa facilities where every element of detoxification and relaxation is covered. Time later to dress for dinner in the award winning restaurant which showcases local and seasonal produce. It’s an over eighteens only venue for peace and quiet.
A trip to glorious Devon can only be enhanced by a foodie spa break at Grade one Manor House Boringdon Hall near Plymouth. After a morning’s tootle around this interesting hotel and the spa and whilst looking out over Dartmoor, try the grazing menu in the Spatisserie with awakening, balancing and calming options such as crab linguine with tiger prawns, beetroot and lentil salad with hazelnuts and chilled seared tuna nicoise salad, all in tapas sized portions. The modern Gaia Spa offers a wide range of facilities and treatments including an infinity pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and more. Highly trained therapists are there to carry out treatments including Gaia Rituals Raindrop, crystal or totally holistic amid a huge choice. Evenings can be spent enjoying five stars dining in the Galley Restaurant.