Earlier this year I joined up to a foodie member’s club called Design Restaurants; you pay an annual subscription and you get special member’s offers at lots of different restaurants nationwide. So last Friday night my sister and I decided we should start making the most of my card and went for dinner at The Brasserie at Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot.
Despite our sat nav sending us to the deliveries and staff entrance, we managed to get to the hotel just on time for our table booking. We were greeted by really friendly and welcoming front of house staff that promptly showed us to our table. Once we had ordered, we were given a choice of breads to nibble on. They had lovely soft rolls of rosemary bread, which I’d highly recommend.
As a starter we had goats cheese parcels. It was all really light and deliciously fresh and crispy, which made the goats cheese that bit more luxurious.
For my main course I went for the poached lobster glazed with thermidor sabayon and butter sauteed baby spinach. I had no idea what ’thermidor sabayon’ was, but thought you can’t go wrong with lobster. When they brought it out I was pleasantly surprised as there was not a shell in sight! The sauce smelt divine. The portion was a lot bigger than I’d expected, there was a very generous amount of spinach, so I could have done without the side of double cooked chips. The whole dish was perfect. I was able to dig into the lobster without having to worry about battling with the shell, and the sauce was perfect, full of flavour but not over powering.
We were both almost full by the time we finished our mains, but I managed to convince my sister to share a dessert. As soon as I set eyes on it on the menu I knew I had to have it, Passion Fruit Soufflé with coconut sorbet. Best dessert I’ve had in a while! Although the sorbet did taste a bit like sun cream, the soufflé made up for it.
The best part of the meal was when we paid…drum roll…my sister and I shared the starter and dessert, I had lobster and she had an 8oz sirloin steak as her main, we had a glass of wine each…and including the service charge it came to…just over £50. Yay!
As it was dark I didn’t take any photos of the hotel and the grounds, but they are beautiful, and definitely worth a wonder around if you’re ever there over night or during the day.