I’m going to try and not to use the word ‘opulent’ too many times, but it’s very difficult to
resist when writing about The Greenway Hotel, Spa and restaurant.
The award-winning hotel is a beautiful 16th-century manor house, on the outskirts of
Cheltenham, set within 8 acres of landscaped grounds. As we entered the warm and
welcoming reception, and following a swift check-in, we were shown to our room, and what
a room it was!
We stayed in the ‘Oak’ suite, one of the finest rooms in the hotel. The centrepiece was a
grand four-poster bed, accompanied with luxurious furnishings, and flat-screen TV. The
stunning views over the croquet lawn and surrounding grounds took our breath away and
The spacious bathroom offered ‘his and hers’ sinks, a stand-alone bath and separate walk-in shower. As my wife unpacked our bags, I had to jump straight into the luxurious bath, the only thing missing was a glass of champagne which, of course could be ordered from the well-stocked bar downstairs.
In the evening we dined in the stunning ‘Garden Restaurant’, the menu was a little limited
with just four starters, five mains and four desserts to choose from, but our apprehension
was soon alleviated when the food was delivered to our table.
As we took our seats at the dinner table we were treated to an ‘amuse bouche of the day’
as the very attentive waiter topped our wine glasses with a beautifully crisp and fresh
Chenin Blanc – a perfect accompaniment to our starters.
I chose the Lamb Sweetbread – Crispy lamb sweetbread, with poached asparagus, asparagus panna cotta and chorizo jam, while my wife chose the
Sashima Tuna tartare, served with soy jelly, compressed watermelon, wasabi mayonnaise,
egg yolk puree and a sesame and lime dressing.
The lamb sweetbreads were crisp and when dipped in the chorizo jam were delicious. The
asparagus panna cotta was a new dish for me and was the perfect accompaniment.
Everything on the The Sashima Tartare dish worked in harmony together and both dishes
delivered a perfect start to our culinary journey.
For the mains I ordered the Provençal Sea Bass – Pan-fried sea bass with wilted spinach,
saffron and potato risotto, mussels, provençal fish sauce and sea vegetables.
This was the dish of the night for me. Normally I am a meat-eater and would have ordered
steak/beef if available but as my wife ordered the Lamb dish, I wanted to try something
different. The Sea bass did not disappoint and with its crispy skin, samphire, and mussels
swimming in the mouth-watering provençal fish sauce, this was one of the best fish dishes I have ever eaten. I could have eaten it twice-over, absolutely delicious and highly
The Spring Lamb “Rogan Josh”, was a North-Indian spiced chargrilled lamb cannon, rogan
josh curry of lamb neck, tandoori carrot, spiced lamb caviar, lamb “yakani”; and mint sauce, Indian style, tasted every bit as good as it looked. The lamb cannon was succulent and cooked to perfection. The lamb neck, with its rogan josh spicing was out of this world.
To finish my wife ordered the White Chocolate and Strawberries. This comprised of
white chocolate creamaux, strawberry parfait, white chocolate aero, with textures of
strawberries. Another beautiful dish with each ingredient working in harmony. One
suggestion would be the addition of a touch of mint, which would have scored this dish a
I ordered the cheese board. This was a selection of four British Cheeses with classic
accompaniments. It was as you would expect in presentation, but with home-made crackers and certainly delivered in flavour.
Following our fabulous dinner, we moved into the hotel lounge with an Irish Coffee and a
margarita cocktail, chosen from the vast drinks’ menu. I then moved very swiftly on to an
Old Fashioned. This is a cocktail for the whisky lovers and was very skilfully put together by
the barman who certainly knew his stuff. Using a rye whisky instead of the usual bourbon,
this was the best Old Fashioned I have ever had, and I’ve tried quite a few!
The following morning, we found ourselves back in the Garden Room restaurant for
breakfast, both having a traditional cooked English breakfast which was delicious, before we chose a few pastries to go with our morning coffee. With cereals and fruit were also in
plentiful supply, there was everything you would want to start your day.
So, with the night, dinner, and breakfast over with, we finished our stay with a relaxing visit to the Elan Spa. The fabulous facilities at included a stunning hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, alfresco hot tub, a Champagne nail bar, a retail boutique, and The Orchard Brasserie. Our afternoon of relaxation also included luxurious bathrobes and slippers to wear during our stay and what better way to relax, but with a glass of bubbly.
Our stay at the Greenway Hotel and Spa was memorable indeed, a wonderful, luxurious
hotel in the Gloucestershire countryside, fantastic food, beautiful opulent rooms and
finished with total relaxation in the modern Elan Spa.
I really can’t recommend this hotel highly enough so, whether it be for a special occasion,
anniversary, or just find a reason to go – It really was a beautiful stay and THAT good!
For more information visit www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com
By Nick Clarke