Dine in style at TUDOR PARK
Nuzzled amid Maidstone’s idyllic villages and set in over 200-acres of striking parkland, there are few local retreats better than Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club. Regarded as one of the county’s best hotels, its welcoming and inclusive culture makes it the ideal spot to relax, unwind and have some leisurely fun.
by Gemma Dunn
Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club is one of 500 hotels to sit under the prestigious hospitality umbrella, Marriott International, Inc. Founded over 80 years ago, this unstoppable force boasts an impressive (to say the least!) portfolio of 16 hotel brands across almost 4,000 locations in more than 60 countries. From luxurious resorts to urban retreats, bold boutiques to spacious suites, there’s a Marriott hotel brand as unique as the reasons you travel.
But it’s not all about catering for the discerning traveller, as Marriott’s desire to provide an inclusive environment for locals too, is to be admired. From first-class golfing and fitness centres to spas and fine dining, it’s world-renowned for promoting a culture that puts people first – and at Tudor Park (our local Marriott), the apple certainly doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Whether you’re enjoying the 18-hole PGA Championship golf course, its numerous dining options, or simply recuperating in the onsite spa, this four-star abode excels in its bid to offer an all-round customer experience. On this occasion (and true to form), our visit was in aid of food, and our destination: the hotel’s stylish restaurant, Conical Grill.
Open for breakfast and dinner, executive head chef, Tom Biddle – celebrated for his passion to serve seasonal, fresh, locally sourced produce – serves up an exquisite selection of British classic and contemporary dishes to the backdrop of rolling greenery and picturesque grounds.
Picking from the new à la carte spring menu, which included the option to wine pair with Chapel Down’s finest tipples, my guest and I opted for starters of Kentish blue cheese-topped Portobello mushrooms, and the suggested pan-fried duo of duck hash.
The mushrooms, tender and juicy, proved exceptional paired with a piquant blue cheese, pickled shallot salad and port reduction, but my guest’s duck undoubtedly stole the show. An elegant, knockout starter, the tender duck hash was delicious, served with a poached duck egg and a luxurious Arabica fig sauce.
In the way of main courses, my grilled Kentish lamb rump more than warranted its ‘recommended’ tag. Cooked to perfection and amid a medley of purée and sautéed veg, the meat works wonders with its accompanying lavender jus. In a further nod to provenance, my guest’s herb-crusted Kent pork fillet is a dish to be commended. Melt-in-the-mouth tender, I’ve never experienced (yes, I tried it too!) such a flavoursome cut, served with braised cavolo nero, potato fondant, and a gourmet grain mustard sauce.
Having toyed with the idea of skipping dessert for a whole two seconds, I made an executive decision that I was going to have my cake and eat it too – literally! Offering up exactly what it said on the tin, I went for the stunning very chocolate fool – ‘very’ being the operative word – while my guest enjoyed the Bluebell Hill honey panna cotta, matched with a delectable blueberry sorbet and crunchy lemon shortbread.
When it comes to the triumph of the Conical Grill, the seamless preparation, passion and fresh vision certainly contributes, but a huge part of its recipe to success is the spirit and inclusive nature between the kitchen and front of house – an aspect that many good restaurants fail to accomplish. It’s this unbeatable ethos that saw the team win the European Black Box Culinary Challenge – South England region last year.
Alternative dining options include the hotel’s Mezzanine Bar, in which guests can enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks from the soon-to-be-branded Chapel Down bar; and Tudor Park’s Zest Bar, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Better still, book up for a glorious cream tea, and pick between traditional, a special spring tea from Simpsons Tea, an afternoon tea paired with Hendricks Gin, or a spectacular strawberry-themed alternative.
For more information, visit www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/tdmgs-tudor-park-a-marriott-hotel-and-country-club. Keep an eye out for upcoming experience packages including overnight stays too!
Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club