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The Grove Hotel, Watford: A Sunny Day at The Stables

Rewind a few months and after our big trip to Cannes with Mr Silver’s family, it was time to spend a little time with mine…One of our family favourites, The Grove Hotel in Watford was the place of choice for lunch with my mum and dad aka Susan SilverSpoon and Dr SilverSpoon.Lunch at The Grove in Watford I’ve blogged about The Grove Hotel twice before when we came for a wedding and earlier in the year when we stayed the night and experienced the tasting menu at fine dining restaurant, Colette’s, that being the case I won’t go into too much detail about the hotel itself. Our family lunch on this sunny Saturday was at the hotel’s relaxed and informal restaurant, The Stables.Lunch at The Grove in Watford The horsey theme is owing to the fact that the restaurant is based in the hotel’s original stable block with cosy tables inside and as well al fresco seating with a view of the hotel’s luxurious golf course.Hi Emma, Thank you so much for thinking of me but I'm afraid I don't use curated content on my blog. All the best, DSC_6138I absolutely love the grounds at The Grove, from the beautifully manicured lawns, to the unusual topiary and the collection of modern art work that is scattered around the estate. Art is actually central to The Grove Hotel and there are nearly 200 pieces decorating both the interior and the outside of the gorgeous country estate.DSC_6102For starter Mr Silver and my dad both chose a delicious summer dish of air-dried Cumbrian ham with stone fruit and mozzarella, I tried a bit and I love the combination of the salty ham with the tangy fruit. Though I’m generally not a fan of fruit in savoury dishes, this really was a winning combination for me.Lunch at The Grove Hotel We all had food envy over my mum’s starter: garden pea and shallot tortellini served with vegetables picked from the hotel’s own garden. The pasta with fine and perfectly prepared and the sauce had just the right touch of cream.Lunch at The Grove Hotel My citrus cured sea trout with creme fraiche and potato pancakes was yet another delicious, zesty summer dish.DSC_6113Well Mr S was certainly enjoying himself!!DSC_6126DSC_6135Especially when he saw his juicy rib eye steak and crispy fries.DSC_6119Ever the carnivore, Dr SilverSpoon ordered slow roasted shoulder of lamb with stewed red peppers and goats’ cheese, he very much enjoyed the Mediterranean flavours of his dish despite claiming that it looked like a sausage when it arrived.DSC_6123Susan SilverSpoon and I chose the same main course, sea bream with Jersey royal potatoes and peas and asparagus from the hotel’s walled garden. The portion was generous and the flesh of the fish was perfectly cooked and seasoned with a crisp skin. I loved the freshness of the vegetables and the chef’s dedication to seasonal ingredients was evident throughout.Lunch at The Grove Hotel I just love the crockery at The Stables which mirrors the rustic charm of the restaurant.Lunch at The Grove Hotel For dessert my dad had a summer berry pudding with Cornish clotted cream which I sadly couldn’t wrestle away from him for long enough to get the money shot of the fruits cascading out of the open pudding.Lunch at The Grove Hotel Mr Silver chose ice cream for his dessert; now my dad takes issue with restaurants that only serve chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream which he doesn’t deem exciting enough… I think the classic flavours suit most people and Mr Silver happily tucked into his three scoops which I also ‘tested’ for him.

It’s lunches like this that clarify why The Grove Hotel is such a family favourite; delicious dishes, fresh seasonal ingredients and a relaxed atmosphere – and even better on a sunny day!

  • It looks like a fabulous place… the food has made my mouth water and I do like that topiary horse! I’d definitely give it a try if I was planning on a visit to the area 🙂
    Suzy x

    • The horse is cool isn’t it? There’s lots of other fun topiary and art work around

  • It looks very delicious!

  • The lamb looks delicious. And I’m with you- I don’t tend to love fruit in a savoury dish, with a few exceptions! X

  • bryony

    That food looks so delicious, it looks like a lovely place! x http://coffeeatmidnight13.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Catherine Lux

    It looks so cute! All of the food looks delicious, I love the look of the summer berry pudding!

    C x | Lux Life

  • I do so adore The Grove – this post has inspired a pre-Christmas visit. Loving the beautiful photography angles!

    • Thank you so much lovely. My family went for Christmas once but Mr S and I were travelling in Oz that year 🙂

  • drsolly

    I was there!

  • What a lovely place for a family lunch! The food all looks delicious, especially your sea trout starter and the summer berry pudding. It looks like the perfect spot for a family catch up!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • I’ve been meaning to visit the Grove for a while, it does look idyllic and the Summer berry pudding sounds like my cup of tea

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • I think you’d love it Suze, the grounds are just beautiful.
      Lots of love,

  • What a beautiful restaurant and day! The food looks epic – your fish main looks delish, and like mother, like daughter 😉 I love it. Would love to visit! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

    • It’s such a relaxed and lovely place and not at all far from London 🙂
      Lots of love,

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  • Lucy

    The grove is a favourite mainly because you are guaranteed great food. Judging by the smiles Mr Silver was happy with his food, all looks delicious Lucy x

  • Miu

    It looks really nice 🙂

  • I absolutely adore the crockery Angie- it looks like such a beautiful venue! Family time is the best! L x