But what is a hotel stay without good food? We were keen to sample at least one of the hotel’s five restaurants. Lady Abercorn’s offers high-end pub grub, Rake’s is a cafe by day and a bar by night, Miyako offers traditional Japanese dishes, while 1901 offers an ideal opportunity for the budding sommelier. However, we chose Eastway Brasserie – easily accessible through the hotel.
Eastway appears to be an unassuming restaurant and the muted decor and lighting seem to support this idea. Some suggest it could benefit from a livelier interior, but it is well placed and perfect for meeting colleagues or friends.
While the service was arguably slower, the wait staff were attentive and ready to respond to questions. Worth mentioning Ben, at the front of house, who went out of his way to make us feel welcome and look after us.
The cocktails were plentiful with a wide variety of choices including some of the well known favourites. These were not watered down or tasteless and made for a positive start to the evening.
As a starter we chose the tomato soup (12.50 pounds), selected as soup of the day. But this was no standard canned offering. Instead, we were treated to a hearty, hearty serving of freshly cut baguettes, perfect for the colder fall weather. The dish could stand on its own as a main course, but soon the main courses were on their way.