Great food, cooked well, served by friendly, helpful, staff in a relaxed atmosphere – if I was going to summarise eating at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Bristol North that would be it.
My good friend Donna accompanied me to dinner at the hotel restaurant in Bradley Stoke so we could enjoy a meal out a stone’s throw from where she lives; and it didn’t disappoint.
Seemingly popular, there were plenty of people in the restaurant, we were shown to a table by the window, with plenty of space to enjoy our meal.
As someone who suffers from acute food envy, my dining partner Donna was the perfect guest. She picked dishes on the menu that I wouldn’t usually have opted for myself, but meant I got to see how good they were.
I started with the confit chicken and apricot terrine, accompanied by a spiced tomato chutney and rustic bread. It had a balanced combination of both sweet and savoury, enhanced by a little kick from the chutney. I enjoyed mine with the fresh, warm rolls served as we sat down.
Donna opted for the warm goats’ cheese salad, one of vegetarian options, with roasted walnuts, pear and balsamic glaze. The cheese was smooth and brought to life with the nutty, fruity accompaniments.
Although the menu isn’t extensive there is plenty to choose from, including chicken, fish, duck, lamb, pork and vegetarian options. There’s also a chef’s special of the day on offer and a venison burger. It was the DoubleTree Grill Club that caught my attention with a range of steaks – including tuna steak. I chose the sirloin with a peppercorn sauce on the side, which also came with hand cut chips, plum tomatoes and a roasted flat mushrooms.
Cooking steak to perfection is the talent of a good chef, but to my mind cooking chips to perfection is an even greater skill. The hand cut chips were fluffy, yet crisp – simply delicious. My steak was cooked as I ordered and to perfection, literally melting in the mouth.
If you’re a fan of a generous portion then definitely try the Ewe Valley braised shoulder of lamb, which Donna opted for. Served with a simple minted lamb jus, dauphinoise potato and veg, this was another dish that couldn’t be faulted.
Listed under ‘guilty pleasures’ on the menu, I was barely able to squeeze in another course but was too tempted by the selection not to. Even as someone who rarely goes for a cheesecake by choice, I couldn’t say no to the signature DoubleTrees Cookie Cheesecake, which came with Chantilly cream and seasonal berries. The ever accommodating staff were happy to swap the cream and berries for fresh ice cream on my request.
The passionfruit crème brulee was fruity, creamy and a light refreshing end to a flavour filled menu. The kitchen had run out of the accompanying caramel ice cream, but offered a choice of alternatives instead.
There was little to fault about the food and service. The restaurant itself had the ideal blend of being busy enough to create an atmosphere, but without being too noisy or intrusive.
The food was cooked well, with thoughtful combinations. As with many menus the vegetarian option wasn’t extensive, but the dishes available were equally packed with flavour.
It’s definitely worth making time for a visit and taking advantage of the Cookie Club which you can read more about here…
- DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North offered the meal free of charge, aware that The Interchange would be featuring a review.