Theo’s Birthday at The Clubhouse, Rockliffe Hall

Last week I went on an adventure to the north with Theo and our friends, to celebrate his birthday in style. We were staying at Brompton Lakes (you can read that blog post here) but on the Saturday I wanted to surprise Theo with lunch. I decided to book us in for lunch at The Clubhouse, Rockliffe Hall.

We visited Rockliffe Hall back in 2016, when we stayed at the hotel, and visited the spa. We both loved Rockliffe Hall and vowed to one day go back. When I had realised how close we were to Rockliffe I couldn’t not surprise Theo with a birthday treat there. We didn’t tell him where we were going and instead said I wanted to show our friends the hotel briefly, before heading off to lunch at a local pub.

Rockliffe Hall & Spa is a stunning 18th century red brick mansion set in 375 acres of grounds with 5* restaurant, award-winning spa and 18 hole championship golf course. The hotel was beautiful from the moment we arrived, heading down the long road lined with trees to the front of the main building where a valet met us and took our bags and parked the car. It was just as amazing as I remembered.

As we wandered through main reception, they showed us our way down the golfing green to The Clubhouse where we were having lunch for Theo’s birthday.

The Clubhouse restaurant is perfect for tucking into popular and wholesome British classics whilst drinking in the stunning views across the golf course. And it’s not just for golfers, with a formal dining area, as well as a well-stocked bar. It’s a gastro pub with a modern twist, offering great food all day!

The Clubhouse ethos is around serving up the classics with a focus on great quality, wholesome food and that’s certainly what we got when we dined here. The dishes are homely and comforting, with a touch of ‘Rockliffe flair’ in keeping with the resort’s ethos to use top quality ingredients.

To start I opted for the Pressed Ham Hock Terrine, with pease pudding, fried quail eggs and toasted sourdough, whilst Theo opted for the Black Pudding Scotch Egg with baked beans, crispy bacon and mushroom! We shared the dishes, and both were incredible, with an array of flavours, and just enough to prepare you for mains.

For main I had opted for the Pot Roast Pigeon and Partridge Breasts with potato pear, honey roast roots, celeriac puree and black pudding fritter, whilst Theo opted for the Braised Shin of Beef, with parsley dumplings, glazed carrots and roasted bone marrow. The pigeon and partridge was new, something I had never tried before, but was surprisingly easy with the flavour and texture. The flavours were in fact incredible, with more flavour than chicken and a very smooth texture. Taking a risk paid off…

And then to finish, after feeling pretty stuffed, we ordered two puddings to share. A Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream, and a Warm Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, with Hot Chocolate Sauce, Ice Cream and Caramel. Both were amazing, and afterwards they even bought out a plate with the words ‘Happy Birthday’ inscribed in chocolate.

A wonderful meal, with great friends and incredible flavours!

Whilst we were there, I took the new Fuljifilm Fujifilm X-A3 for a ride, to capture some photos of me outside Rockliffe Hall’s beautiful grounds and the photos in this post of the food are also taken with X-A3. I love how they came out, capturing the light perfectly, and showing off the Hall’s stunning architecture at the same time. I really enjoying using the X-A3 and can’t wait to use it again next weekend.

Read my full hotel review from last year here.

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