I was absolutely thrilled to be invited for dinner this week at the brand new Palm Court Restaurant, Bar & Piano Lounge in Pulford, just to the south of Chester to review their A La Carte menu. After attending their stunning launch party last Thursday my expectations were high, and our experience most certainly did not disappoint.
The Nelson family have run the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa with passion and dedication since 1994 and after constant reinvestment, reinvention and rejuvenation this wonderful 4-star hotel and spa remains one of the undisputed jewels in Cheshire’s crown. Their new onsite Palm Court offering will certainly keep them deservedly in the limelight.
After a recent move to nearby Rossett – I have come to know Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa a little better after it became my surrogate office for a couple of weeks due to no Wi-Fi and a new home full of boxes! Having been intrigued by the works being undertaken to the Palm Court I was not disappointed by the opulence when revealed last week.
Palm Court is a stunning new restaurant and bar – and is destined to become one of Cheshire’s most famous eateries due to its fabulous, high-end design courtesy of International design company Lister Carter – and the fabulous food, drink and ambience.
Palm Court offers a full range of menus; Brunch (served daily 10am til 1pm), Day menu (served daily from 12noon), Afternoon Tea (served 12noon til 5pm Monday to Friday and 12noon til 4pm Saturday) and A La Carte (served 12noon til 3pm and 6pm til 9.30pm Monday to Thursday and 12noon til 3pm and 6pm til 10pm Friday and Saturday). On Sundays a traditional roast carvery is served 12noon til 3pm and 5.30pm til 9pm.
The A La Carte menu is beautifully presented in Art Deco style – and I could happily have ordered every dish – it is so well balanced without being over-facing. I opted for the twice-baked Collier’s Welsh cheddar soufflé with black truffle and sticky shallots, which was heavenly! Much lighter than I anticipated and just enough truffle, I will definitely be ordering this dish again. For main course I went for the monkfish and tiger prawn jungle curry with jasmine rice and beansprouts. Again this dish was perfectly balanced with the right amount of heat, depth and slightly sticky, fluffy rice. It was delicious!
Everyone had a great meal, but I have to give a special mention to Phil’s starter of pan seared scallops with malt glazed belly pork, Granny Smith apple and golden raisin (it was fabulous) and Stephens main course of Iberico pork cutlet, lemon and chorizo croquettes with Calvados jus, which he said was superb (it certainly looked amazing).
Their Exec Chef Paul Prescott told me that the Iberico is authenticated from Extremadura, Spain and he uses the loin rather than the fillet as it holds a healthy element of fat to caramelise, giving much better flavour. It really was an excellent dish, and I’m sure I noticed a couple of generous shavings of black truffle on that plate as well!
I also must mention that the truffle and parmesan fries are worth a visit all on their own!
To finish, Phil and I shared Banana soufflé, salted caramel and banoffee ice cream – which was really lovely.
We were also served a bottle of Australian ‘Googly’ chardonnay, which we really enjoyed and seemed to accompany everyone’s meals perfectly.
A massive thank you to the Nelson family and their team for a superb meal, the service was also excellent and we can’t wait to come back.
(Acclaimed pianist and vocalist Chris Turner will be at Palm Court every Saturday evening until the end of August. Bookings www.grosvenorpulfordhotel.co.uk/palm-court / 01244 570560)