Why did I visit the Ham Yard Hotel immediately after returning to London from my holiday in the US?
Because it is simply gorgeous!
More importantly, it is because my blogger mate Angie from Silverspoon London invited me there for lunch. Because of her wedding and epic one month honeymoon and my new job and trip to the US, we hadn’t seen each other in over two months. So, we felt our lunch date had to be somewhere exquisite.
The Ham Yard Hotel is one of eight Firmdale Hotels in London. You may remember my recent trip to their Charlotte Street Hotel when I met a group of bloggers for afternoon tea. The afternoon tea food selections are some of the best I’ve had in London.
Angie and I decided to order lunch from the a la carte menu in the restaurant. But, first we kicked off our catch up session with a Veuve Clicquot champagne toast.
For her Starter, Angie had the Summer Minestrone, Asparagus, Peas and Beans. I ordered the Seared Scallops, Tempura Courgette Flower, Crushed Peas, Chilli and Rocket.
I enjoyed my Starter, even though it was a little saltier than I would have preferred. And, since this Florida girl loves her seafood, let’s just say I would not have complained if they had tossed a few extra scallops on my dish. <insert image of sea otter being tossed treats here> 😉
For my Main course, I selected the Poached Cod, Parsley Risotto and Pancetta.
The flavors were excellent. Yet again, I would not have complained about an additional scoop of risotto or piece of pancetta.
Angie’s Grilled Tuna, Tomato Braised Artichokes, Aubergine and Olives looked fabulous. She indicated it was tasty too.
As we finished sharing our recent life and blogging adventures with each other, we sipped on post-meal coffee drinks.
Then, we jumped up for a quick look around the beautiful hotel. The signature interior design of Firmdale Hotels is certainly evident.
Every room and corner features an explosion of the rainbow that exudes energy, style and personality.
In fact, one of the unique features that sets this hotel apart from others in London is- it has a bowling alley! Check it out…
Tossing off our heels in exchange for some of these flat kicks was pretty tempting.
I’m sure if we had opted for a bottle of Veuve Clicquot instead of just a glass of champagne each, the photos of us in our dresses skidding down the alley would probably exist. (Or maybe they already do and can be sent to the highest bidder!) HAHA!
I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to London. I know I’ll return often for food and drinks. Next on my list is trying their afternoon tea. If it’s anything like what they offer at their Charlotte Street Hotel, it will be nothing short of amazing. Has anyone tried it yet?