We were asked to come along to the MacDonald hotel Windsor to try the food, try the accommodation and take a look at the beautiful area of Royal Windsor… I have to say, the hotel hits top marks on every single point.
The Fabulous Food
Firstly, I should comment upon the food; eating at the MacDondald Windsor Hotel is an absolute treat.
The hotel`s restaurant is Caleys and it is a part of the Scottish Steak Club group, this means fresh, organic and sustainably sourced food locally and from Scotland. No Frozen food here, just high quality and fresh produce.
For example, the starter menu features John Ross Jr smoked salmon. According to the menu `the fish is cured by John Ross Jr (Aberdeen) and smoked in truly traditional 150 year old red-brick kilns, awarded `Gold by the Guild of Fine Foods`.` This fresh smoked salmon is rich in flavour, smoked perfectly and melts in the mouth; it is some of the best salmon out there, trust me. Additionally, other dishes, such as the chicken liver parfait, fruit chutney, toasted brioche, are another testament to the restaurant`s food promise; the chicken is responsibly sourced and free range, just to maximise the flavour.
One of the most enticing elements of the MacDonald Windsor Hotel is their Josper Grill. The Josper Grill is a high-tech and exclusive grilling technique, which can only be found in a few restaurants in the UK. The grill burns top-quality coal at ultra-high temperature; this retains the meats intense flavour and natural moisture. Furthermore, Caley`s only uses the finest grass-fed scotch beef, which is `dry aged for a minimum of 21 days, completely traceable back to the individual farm where the cattle was raised and hand cut by highly skilled butchers using time honoured techniques.` The result of top-quality beef and the Josper grill is one of the best steaks around; the meat is unbelievably tender, rich in flavour and a delight to eat. I was really impressed – I wish I had a Josper grill at home!
The Regal Rooms
Staying at MacDonald Hotel Windsor is also a treat. The rooms have a classy décor, which marries purples and greys, therefore making for a sophisticated and opulent feel. The room had great luxury touches, such as: under floor heating and a sound system in the bathroom, and a handy Nespresso machine, which seems to be all the rage for hotels at the moment!
Our room was a spacious suite, which was extremely comfortable and oozed class. We were also lucky enough to have a view of Windsor castle from our window, therefore enhancing the royal atmosphere of our stay.
One little gripe would be the level of street noise emanating from outside; this was a little disturbing and woke me up, but it was not completely intolerable.
You can also park your car at the hotel during your stay, but this will set you back £25 per night.
We finished our stay back in Caleys, but this time it was for an award winning breakfast; we were presented with another feast of fresh fruit, 100% free range eggs, sausages from locally reared free range pigs, freshly baked pastries, more smoked salmon and other fresh ingredients. YUM!
In a nut shell
If you take into account the close proximity of the castle, bars, restaurants, as well as the extremely good food at Caleys and high spec accommodation, this is one of the best hotel spots in the South. With the royal jubilee imminent, this would make the ideal place to stay during the celebrations too!
For more information: http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/macdonald-windsor-hotel/
To dine at Caleys: http://www.caleyslounge.co.uk/
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