REVIEW: SOPHISTICATED ELEGANCE AT THE GRAND EASTBOURNE
The adventure starts with a slightly stressful tour through East Sussex, yes, we managed to hit rush hour traffic. We arrive a little later that expected in Eastbourne, a town based on probable retrospect, yet favoured by so many. The Grand at Eastbourne occupies a prime position on the legendary seafront and produces a refined experience for those who want to immerse themselves in pure luxury.
I have been extremely excited about our up and coming stay at The Grand Eastbourne as it gets quite a lot of attention on social media, with its fine food, cocktails and monthly events which appear to incorporate modern twists in a beautiful hotel built in a bygone era.
The hotels unassuming entrance offers privacy and peace, just five minutes from the centre of Eastbourne, which provides easy access to the sights should you want to venture out. However, it doesn’t stop there, at the front of the hotel is a stunning heated swimming pool, perfect for a casual dip, should the cold English Channel not tickle your fancy. There is a well-situated car park at the front of the hotel, and at that point we see a space reserved with our name on a chalkboard. All quintessentially British, but the level of thought is impressive. As with anything, it is all the little things and attention to detail that makes a hotel wonderful.
We are greeted by the front of house staff, who were really helpful and shared a few jokes with us, all the time ensuring that your stay as comfortable as possible. We are shown to our suite, which doesn’t disappoint, it is modern in a classic style, with the most beautiful four poster bed and french doors that open out onto our own huge balcony (our suite is right above the portico at the front of the hotel) which has its own sun loungers for anyone wanting to top up their tan (unfortunately for us it is October, otherwise we would have taken a pre-dinner G&T out there!). After a brief check of the work emails and a quick shower (again as with all the Elite Hotels that we have stayed in, they have Molton Brown toiletries, which is always a winner with me).
We leave our room as we decide that we would go and sample the delights of the famous gin bar. Before we get to the staircase, we walk past a fantastic room that is set out for a private dining event, which overlooks the main hall, I promptly prod Mr Splendour and note what a nice experience that would be for someone’s birthday, however, I don’t think he got the hint!
Once downstairs the vintage grandeur is apparent, rich tactile fabrics adorn the well thought out rooms, elaborate wallpaper and light fittings grace the interior of the hotel, creating elegant sophistication throughout, rarely seen in modern hotels. There is a salon to the left were people are drinking tea and to the right is the entrance to the bar on one side and the Garden Restaurant on the other. There are also beautiful glass cabinets dotted around the ground floor, full of stunning vintage jewellery, just waiting to be purchased.
The bar is exceptionally well stocked, mainly with premium gins. It would have been rude not to try the infamous cocktails on the vast menu. I couldn’t resist a ‘Chase me around the Garden’ which was a combination of Chase Rhubarb Vodka, Rosewater and Elder flower cordial, followed by an Elijah Craig Sour, which is a modern take on a Whiskey sour. Both cocktails were faultless and went down a little too easily. So, with hollow legs we were ushered to The Mirabelle Restaurant, a AA Rosette culinary delight. The restaurant is magnificently decorated in calming blue hues of rich velvet and modern Geo designs, the style is incredibly sophisticated, much like the restaurants that you find in Kensington and Chelsea.
We sat down to an absolute feast. Both myself and Mr Splendour enjoyed a rich and sumptuous dinner. We chose starters and puddings from the set menu; however, we went slightly of piste with the main as the A La Carte menu had Venison (something that I simply have to have should I ever see it on a menu).
To start this culinary adventure, we both have smoked ham knuckle terrine, puff pork skin, homemade piccalilli, followed by a delightful fish bouillabaisse. For main we both had Venison glazed with pear & black trumpet mushrooms with sauce poivade, which was phenomenal. Mr Splendour opted out of pudding for a vast cheese board filled with delicious local cheeses, I however could not resist the sugar laden milk chocolate & earl grey mousse with nib biscuit, it was a divine ending to a glorious dinner, all washed down with a tasteful bottle of Cabernet sauvignon
The head chef, Stephanie Malvoisin has created an award-winning decadent menu that would please even the most advanced taste buds, so much so that I am told that the Mirabelle Restaurant has been recommended to obtain a Michelin Star…. Watch this space.
After dinner we decided to take a stroll along the promenade, to walk off all the rich food that we consumed. Even though it was October, the air was cool, and only slightly breezy. Feeling tired when we arrived back after our evening constitutional, we retired to our suite. A hot bath and a cup of Earl Grey were called for, Mr Splendour and I both caught up on work emails before crashing into bed.
The bed was out of this world, so unbelievably comfy and the bed linen was so soft, perfect for relaxing and watching the news in bed (I know, we just aren’t rock and roll anymore).
The following morning, we were woken up to our 6am alarm call, that was enough to rain on anyone’s parade, except that the sun was shining through the crack in the curtain, a small hint that we haven’t quite hit winter yet, don’t get me wrong it was still cold outside. I made a quick Nespresso for us both, sat in our lounge with our copy of The Times that was left outside our door and then we went about our normal morning routine before heading down for breakfast.
Breakfast was a quiet affair, we were in the main restaurant by 7am and there were only a handful of people in there, mainly drinking coffees and reading the paper. The breakfast selection was sizeable. Although every inch of me was crying out for a healthy breakfast of yoghurt and fruit, I just could not resist a full English breakfast and I even picked up a couple of pastries – I know, shocking!!!
The staff at breakfast we so helpful, nothing was too much trouble, and the food, well, that was delightful – completely broke my diet, however it was so worth it. Unfortunately, that is where our adventure in Eastbourne ends, as we had to leave early to get to work meetings, but what a lovely stay.
If it is luxury and decadence that you are after on a weekend away then The Grand at Eastbourne is the hotel for you, as you will have the most wonderful time.
Suites including dinner and breakfast start from £459 per night
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The Grand Hotel, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4EQ
T: +44 (0)1323 412345