Famed for being home to the rich and famous and often referred to as the Champagne capital of the UK, Alderley Edge is a vibrant village offering up an eclectic mix of shopping, cocktail bars and restaurants – the perfect location for a girls weekend then….credit cards at the ready.
The Alderley Edge Hotel and restaurant sits on the slopes of the village, just off the main street and is situated a five minute walk from London Road – the main street in this prosperous, leafy Cheshire village.
Housed in a 19th century Victorian Villa, the hotel has fairly recently gone under a hefty refurbishment of its public areas, bringing together a beautifully contemporary finish with plush, jewel tone furnishings creating a relaxed ambience on arrival.
After a friendly and seamless check in, we headed for our suite. The hotel comprises of 50 rooms which are relatively more traditional in styling with free standing French style furniture, classic white bathroom fittings and a touch of opulence with Temple Spa bathing products.
A couple of drinks in the bar and we were ready to head out and explore. Although a spirited village, there is much more to Alderley Edge than shopping and eating and a walk up to ‘The Edge’ provides you stunning views across the Cheshire Plain. The setting for Alan Garner’s books The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath.
Of course there are a wealth of quality restaurants and trendy bars to enjoy a tipple at and partake in a little people watching, well, where’s the harm in a little housewife hunting? However, if you scratch the surface a little, you’ll find this stylish slice of suburbia also offers a nice selection of independent retailers including traditional bakers, butchers and a specialist cheese shop and even a monthly farmers market.
Not in the mood for a pork pie or a bit of Stinking Bishop, we headed for the bright lights of The Bubble Room and The Alderley Edge Bar & Grill to get stuck into some cocktails. I rather wish we had given this a little more thought, it might have been more prudent to hit the designer boutiques before we hit the liquor….all fun and games until you check your receipts….
Thankfully we had dinner reservations back at Alderley Edge Hotel in the early evening so before too much damage could be done we headed back to the solace of our comfortable suite.
The hotel restaurant is housed in a smart conservatory in which tables are arranged around a beautiful indoor tree feature. The menu offering is contemporary with modern twists on British classics. I started with Salt baked red and golden beetroot with whipped goats cheese, a smashing dish with bags of flavour, well presented and very moreish. My pal tucked into charred mackerel with a light heritage tomato ceviche and bloody Mary ketchup. Although slightly heavy on the vinegar, the dish was delicious.
The pollock with courgette, fennel and radish looked good and so did the scallops with smoked almond, cumin, coriander and apple. There was most certainly something on the menu to satiate most palates.
From the mains we actually went for a 16oz Chateaubriand from the Josper grill. A Josper is a hybrid. It is first and foremost a grill but the secret of what it adds to whatever is cooked on it, is that it has a front door which, when closed, ensures that none of the natural moisture or flavour escapes. It certainly rose to the occasion and we tucked into beautifully cooked steak with triple cooked chips and Bearnaise sauce – perfick.
There are of course a host of other tempting options to go at from the mains, soy and butter poached halibut, pork fillet with Bury black pudding, roasted cauliflower with lemon , honey and walnut to mention but a few.
My pal was too stuffed to attempt dessert, but I’m always willing to take one for the team where a spot of pud is required. I plumped for the passion fruit curd with salted single origin chocolate and honeycomb. Belting. I didn’t even have to share it…..I think it was those fat chips that put my pal out of action!
The service throughout the meal was polite, professional and immaculately attentive, the surroundings relaxed and atmosphere convivial – I can’t say fairer than that.
After a comfortable night in our suite we headed for a civilised brekky back in the conservatory where a welcoming continental buffet awaited and hot options were served to order. All the produce was good quality, toast served hot, coffee fresh and service again immaculate.
This hotel offers a fantastic base to explore Alderley Edge and the impressive Cheshire countryside, whilst being a destination hotel in its own right with a more than attractive food, service and accommodation offering.
Book your break now, tell them I sent you.
Macclesfield Rd, Alderley Edge SK9 7BJ
T 01625 583033