A ‘Lockdown-style’ takeaway food delivery service has been launched for guests staying at a newly opened self-catered lodge at a boutique Victorian country manor hotel in Worcestershire.
Historic Brockencote Hall Hotel in near Kidderminster, part of the Eden Hotel Collection, invested £350,000 in refurbishing and redesigning its original 19th century Gate House.
Families, bridal parties or friends who stay at Brockencote Lodge – a luxury three-bedroom split-level property for six – can now order from a range of ‘Lockdown-style takeaway’ menus prepared by chefs in the four-star hotel’s award-winning 3AA Rosette restaurant.
Chefs have created two breakfast hampers, foodie tray bakes, sharing boards and sweet treats which will be awaiting them in the kitchen fridge on arrival or delivered to their door in a classic Jaguar.
General Manager Craig Routledge said: “As our new guest lodge offers a ‘home from home’ experience we felt people on holiday don’t always want to be cooking, peeling vegetables and washing up – so guests can pre-order the kind of Lockdown-style takeaway options we experienced during the pandemic. These can be waiting for them in the fridge and just need to be put in the oven or delivered to their door.
“For breakfast there’s a continental-style breakfast hamper filled with locally baked breads and bagels, cereals, freshly squeezed orange juice and natural yogurt topped with fruit compotes homemade at Brockencote Hall.
“Alternatively, guests can request all the ingredients for a traditional cooked breakfast with local Worcestershire produce for a relaxed, at-your-own-pace breakfast.
“For dinner we also have two choices. Guests can pre-order a range of indulgent ‘Foodie Tray Bakes’ prepared by our chefs which will be waiting in the fridge on arrival and just need heating up. They include family favourites such as poached salmon, roasted cod loin, chicken chasseur, a vegetarian Penne Alla Nerano and Beef Wellington.
“The second choice is a selection of sharing platters for people to graze on. Whether it’s a bridal party the night before a wedding or a family relaxing on the terrace looking for something to nibble on there’s something for everyone – from a Cobble Lane Charcuterie Board, Worcestershire Cheese Board, Macneil’s Smokehouse Fish salad, roasted seasonal vegetables, olives and flatbreads or freshly baked artisan breads to share including Focaccia and sourdough.
“A selection of hot and cold desserts will be available to choose from on the same premise from a full afternoon tea to a summer berry cheesecake with lemon shortbread and chocolate cherry brownie with clotted cream.”
The stylish self-contained rural “hideaway destination” which has been completed revamped by the hotel’s interior design team has already been attracting bridal wedding parties and families since it opened in April.
It boasts a feature King-size master suite with double shower and dressing room, two en-suite bedrooms, open plan style living space including a fully fitted out kitchen with double-doors opening out onto a secluded outdoor terrace with a log burning hot tub. The fully-enclosed garden looks onto the hotel’s 72-acre countryside estate with tennis courts and a croquet lawn.
Major attractions for families, foodies and heritage lovers within a 30-minute drive include Severn Valley Railway, West Midlands Safari Park and the National Trust’s Hanbury Hall.
Craig said: “The lodge is immersed in nature with stunning sunsets and surrounded by fields we loan to local farmers. We currently have three horses, sheep and Canadian Geese, which are amazing for families with young children to see.
“It is a fantastic base for people who are keen to get out-and-about and explore the area.
“We have a huge amount of family attractions and activities on our doorstep. Cadbury’s World, Rush Trampoline Park, the Sealife Centre and Legoland Discovery Centres are straight up the M42 in Birmingham. The NEC and the Bear Grylls Adventure activity centre are an easy drive as is Go Ape in Kidderminster and another trampoline park, Boing Zone, in Stourbridge.
“The Cotswolds are also just half an hour away, including the picture-perfect Worcestershire village of Broadway, and award-winning organic Daylesford Farm. Other foodie destinations include the five-generation Churchfields Farm in Droitwich home to award-winning Churchfields Farmhouse Ice-cream and dairy, fresh milk vending machine, farm tours and Droitwich Salt.
“Other artisan producers close by include Piston Distillery and Gin School in nearby Worcester, the Stourport-on-Severn family run organic Astley Vineyard, which runs award-winning tours, Halfpenny Green Wine and Chase Distillery. “