Roughly this time last year I came to London for an event as part of the World Travel Market. Through that event, I won an amazing prize. It was no way the scale of a trip to Florida but this was something I could save up and really use to spoil Helen. She knew I had won it and was as excited to use it as I was.
I won a 3-course meal with wine accompaniment for 2 people at the Northall, Corinthia. I have won quite a few meals out before and nights away over the past 18 months but this was possibly going to be our finest dining experience.
As we entered the wonderful hotel we were seated and given a menu. The room itself was beautifully laid out and decorated with fresh flowers.
The menu presented a wonderful array of dishes with exotic ingredients and innovative flavours. While we wanted to make the most of the meal, we stuck to safer options. The menu changes from season to season to display the best of the in-season foods available.
This is us acting sophisticated as you can tell we pulled it off well.
While choosing our starter and main, we were asked what wine we would like with our meal. This is definitely not my forte so I handed the reins over to Helen to choose, she chose a white wine and proceeded to seem to know what she was doing. Whether she did or not, who knows but it ended well.
We were quickly joined by a lovely wooden board with a small fresh baked loaf of bread and butter, the bread was delicious and soon became apparent that we would struggle to eat our full 3 courses due to eating too much bread.
Not long after the starters arrive, I ordered the cured beef with hummus and Helen had chosen the goat’s cheese parcel with smoked beetroot. The starters were wonderfully presented and full of flavour, though I couldn’t eat all my beef as I wanted to save room for the rest of the meal.
Next up was our main, I had ordered the fillet steak and a side of triple cooked chips to share, Helen chose the rump of kent lamb. Both came and looked wonderful, laid on the plate with 2 slices of grilled tomato and 2 slices of grilled mushroom with a side of sauce of your choice, obviously we both chose peppercorn sauce as it is my favourite and Helen usually gives me hers as I love it.
The food was wonderful and definitely went down well, I think Helen was most impressed with the homemade mayo to accompany the triple cooked chips.
The last course to arrive was the dessert, by this point both of us were busting and were ready to sleep. Helen was determined to have a dessert and fit it in, we had ordered the salted caramel chocolate bar and 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream. Of course, I had the ice cream as I was so full I was wondering how I get out of my seat.
Overall the meal was fantastic and was an experience we won’t be forgetting anytime soon. It was fine dining at its best, with wonderful decor and even better service I would definitely say it was a night to remember. What really stood out for me was the warm and welcoming staff that made you feel at ease straight away as you entered the room.