Sunday roast

Kettering Park Hotel on Kettering Parkway is well known to many of us, its eye catching signage on the roundabout just off the A14, often promoting music nights springs to mind, but I have also attended many meetings in recent years and have been impressed with its breakout areas and quality of food for business lunches. I have also attended a couple of weddings and have had friends from out of the area that have stayed for spa weekends, but I have never associated Kettering Park Hotel as the place to go for a quality Sunday Lunch. That was until my recent visit.

Part of the, House of Daniel Thwaites collection with hotels in Cheshire and Bristol, Kettering Park has the typical entrance to a hotel, but as you bare to the left and head towards the restaurant the aroma of roast beef grabs you just as you arrive to be greeted by a welcoming member of the team. As we are being shown to our table, I can’t help but wonder if there was a bottle of Amarone in the beautifully presented mirrored wine cellar that was adjacent to the welcome station.

The restaurant has different sections, with plenty of space in between each table, which always appeals to me, because the “Thomas conversation” at the table can be very varied with a 6 & 9 year old, literally Mo Salah, Lego and Boris Johnson have all been discussed during starters before. Anyway, the first thing that grabbed our eyes was the amazing centre-piece, the “Chef’s Table” a fantastic array of seafood on a huge bed of ice. From a few yards away I questioned for a moment if it was actually real or if it was for show, but as you walked closer to it I was pleased to confirm it was in fact one of the options for our starter.

My wife chose Tomato Soup and my daughters had garlic bread. The tomato soup was homemade, and tasty, complemented with fresh warm bread room temperature butter, which is always a winner as there is nothing worst than trying to scrape frozen butter onto bread. You will not be surprised to read that I chose the Chef’s Table, and if you like or even love seafood, this was a dream. A selection of dressed whole trout, fresh seafood, cured artisan meats and salads. A fantastic way to start this Sunday lunch.

Dining out for Sunday lunch is a bit of a treat for my family. We probably do it once a month, and it is a chance to put on our “Sunday best” on and relax, whilst all eating together without the disruption of the television, iPads, mobile phones, or anything else that some modern families find challenging when seeking that special family time. The environment was the perfect setting to switch off and enjoy great food with those closest to me.

The table behind us had ordered before us, and all of us could not help but look and stare as the roast beef arrived under a large silver dome on wheels. As the member of staff took the lid, it was a picture! When it was our turn we were given the choice of cut we wanted. Beautifully cut into slices that are then complemented by fresh vegetables and home-made gravy, this was a great way to be served a Sunday roast.

It is not often that we can handle a dessert after a starter and main, but the selection was too good not to. My wife opted for the Glazed Lemon Tart with fresh strawberries and mint and I chose warm sticky toffee pudding, with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream. Both were well presented, but tasted even better. There is something about sticky toffee pudding, a good English favourite, but this had the perfect consistency and flavour to top a really enjoyable Sunday lunch.

My youngest daughter opted for vanilla ice cream, which arrived in a pot, which reminded me of the old ice cream pots you used to get at the interval at the cinema, but this was served on a plate and accompanied with popcorn, which was quirky and my youngest felt special as her dessert stood out from ours. My eldest went for apple crumble with custard and she ate every bit, which is unheard of. My wife commented on the way out that my daughters have never managed to complete a 3 course meal, that in itself is complements the dining experience that Kettering Park Hotel.

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