St Ermin's Hotel, LondonPosted in Where to Sleep
The approach of St Ermin's Hotel is a lovely surprise. We entered from an unprepossessing London street, into the most charming courtyard and then stepped into an age of elegance.
White carved plaster ceilings and an impressive sweeping staircase add to the timeless hush.
In the foyer there is a Division bell and a secret door, to the House of Commons. On our tour of the hotel we were told the secret door, which is now blocked up, made it rather easy for the MPs to sneak out undetected for a cocktail or two when they were supposed to be in session.
MPs now have to scuttle back to vote by usual means when the Division bell is rung in the hotel.
Having undergone a recent refurbishment, this hotel does not disappoint. Once again the bar is elegant charm and a modern mix with cosy seating and an up to the minute bar.
Our room was spacious and with all the modern convenience you could wish for; with White Company bathroom products, slippers and robes provided. Many of the rooms enjoy a view of the mews courtyard, rather a rarity in London hotels.
We ventured to The Caxton Grill restaurant, which is the hotel’s own restaurant. It provides a menu that would make it hard not please, with a varied and plentiful choice.
We started with an amuse-bouche of vegetable soup and parsnips, a dip of smoked sea salt and rapeseed oil.
We enjoyed the Leek and potato soup with crispy quail egg, and white truffle oil. It was light with the egg adding a pleasant surprise taste. And the Rope grown Shetland mussels in white Rioja cream and chives were plump and fresh in a creamy sauce.
I had the good size portion of grey mullet as the catch of the day: light fluffy and moist.
My partner had the mixed grill. Included were chicken chorizo and beef, all cooked to perfection.
We shared a carafe of light fruity merlot to wash it all down, which was well selected by the restaurant staff to accompany our meals.
In the morning we enjoyed a great breakfast from the extensive choice offered. Throughout our stay, the hotel the staff were attentive to our every need and perfectly in tune with the understated elegance that the hotel provides, this is not a normal London bed and breakfast
Written by Jan Pinder