REVIEWER: Bonnie Wonders
HOTEL: Hallmark Hotel Cambridge
ARRIVAL (How was your welcome?)
We arrived at Hallmark Cambridge, which is so easy to access, straight off the A14. The staff were friendly, but there were some teething issues.
The whitebait was larger than usual, and I rather liked them fried not in batter with a lemony, fresh and zingy tartar sauce, which went perfectly. Although I'd say the chicken skewers looked a bit boring the flavours are well balanced and the chicken is perfectly cooked.
For main I had the smoked haddock fishcakes, which were crispy filled with flaked fish and well-seasoned mash, accompanied by caramelised lemon and Panang curry mayo, sweet, spicy and creamy as well as scrummy fries. A great combination and something I'm going to try and recreate at home.
The American style short rib, which was a touch small for a main, well cooked and fell off the bone, but could do with a bit more BBQ sauce. Again the fries were delicious.
For dessert we shared a banana split, which always calls to me on a dessert menu, maybe it's my inner big kid, maybe it's that I build it up in my mind. But this was pretty good, banana, butterscotch ice-cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. The butterscotch ice-cream was divine. All their ice-cream is from the West Country, where the hotels began, thick creamy and extremely moreish!
The food is good and should please even the fussiest of eaters, the price is a little high for what you're getting, but then again, for a hotel, it's probably about right. I would definitely dine in if I was staying at a Hallmark hotel.
A really buzzy atmosphere, fun but still calm and relaxing to dine in.