I had dinner at the Buckinghamshire wedding venue and wish I had worn a dress – Laura Nightingale

This week my mother and I went to dinner at the Burnham Beeches Hotel. A short drive from Cliveden House, this elegant 18th century mansion is located in the village of Burnham, Buckinghamshire, north of the River Thames.

It’s as idyllic as it sounds, and as a result, this secluded location is a favorite spot for brides and grooms. As well as a popular wedding and events venue, the impressive building is also home to 82 bedrooms, a two AA Rosette restaurant, the Tea Room, 10 meeting and conference rooms and Soul Spa treatment rooms offering Luxurious Templespa treatments in a tranquil and soothing environment.

Set in Burnham Beeches Forest, the hotel is surrounded by beautiful manicured gardens and on a lovely summer evening we booked a table for two in the award winning restaurant.

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We arrived smart and relaxed after finishing work on a Friday and walked through the bar which was buzzing with smartly dressed guests. The bar was dark, seductive and glamorous and we felt slightly underdressed. In fact, I would have liked to wear a dress because I would have blended in better.

We slipped into apartments as best we could, all the way to Brasserie 1727 which, on the contrary, was light, airy and had a Parisian feel. Large windows allowed the evening sun to flood through the glass onto our elegant marble table.

You don’t have to be invited to a wedding or stay overnight in a hotel to enjoy a restaurant dinner. It’s open daily from 7-9pm, and I have to admit that’s a nice change for your restaurant or high street chain.

With free parking, beautiful gardens to wander around and a lounge for a drink before or after your meal, it’s perfect for a special occasion. The menu included about six starters, mains and desserts. It was concise but we were still ruminating and not sure what to choose as they all looked delicious.

Burnham Beeches Hotel is an elegant 18th century mansion

Considering it was a hotel restaurant, prices were surprisingly reasonable, with starters around £8, mains from £17.50 and puds from £7. The service was sharp, professional and welcoming and the food came out very quickly.

In fact, I had barely made a dent in the offered bread before our first courses were offered to us. Presented as pretty as a photo, I opted for a salad (£8) which consisted of avocado, carrot, broccoli, chickpeas and a large mound of fragrant quinoa. It was colorful, fresh and a delight to eat with my chilled flute of prosecco.

Mum also started her dinner with a salad (£8.90) but it was five spice crispy duck, cabbage, pomegranate, almonds and a sweet hoisin sauce. She also liked it.

Our dishes came out very quickly. I ordered another vegan dish – slow cooked aubergine stuffed with butternut squash and quinoa (£17.50). Decorated with pomegranate jewels, a rich and creamy tomato sauce and punchy pesto, it was wonderfully creative and surprisingly filling.

Mum opted for a corn roast chicken breast with ratatouille and sweet potato fondant (£21). It was humble and heartwarming, but looked fabulous on the plate.

Feeling full and satisfied, we skipped dessert, sipped wine, then strolled through the park to take in the lavish backdrop. Situated close to Windsor and Slough, the hotel is minutes from the M4, M40 and M25 motorways, and has direct rail links to central London via London Paddington.

If you are a couple, the hotel has launched a range of new packages for 2022 and 2023 to help couples create an unforgettable day. If you just fancy a nice meal with a loved one, you can book a table by calling the venue on 01628 429955.

  • Address: Burnham Beeches Hotel, Grove Road, Burnham, SL1 8DP.

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