Hungering for a handpicked selection of hotels with gourmet restaurants? As every intrepid foodie knows, brilliant cuisine is at the heart of the most memorable holidays… and we have several hotels that dish up just that in our Collection. Keep reading for ten of the best places to wine and dine in Europe.
1. Hotel Schwarzer Bock: Ansbach, Germany
Delectable slow food meets eco-friendly ingredients at Hotel Schwarzer Bock: a historic inn and hotel in the centre of Ansbach. For several years, this property has been highlighted for its gourmet delights by the Slow Food Restaurant Guide and Varta Guide, a database of the best restaurants in Germany, as well as awarded the ‘Silver’ level by Bioland: a German corporation of ecological farmers. They’re more than worthy of these accolades, too. Using exquisite ingredients from regional dairies, farms, wine and beer makers and more, their restaurant meals are as hearty as they are local and fresh… a perfect testament to Germany’s world-famous comforting cuisine
2. Rubezahl-Marienbad Castle Hotel & Golf: Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic
Traditional flavours meet creative combinations at ‘The Castle’: Rubezahl-Marienbad Castle Hotel & Golf’s remarkable restaurant. Embark on an exciting culinary voyage through Czechian gastronomy with nightly dives into their a-la carte menu, featuring the most succulent meats, flavoured vegetables and indulgent desserts. When you’re not transporting your tastebuds to gourmet heaven, the hotel also offers a scenic Café-Bar where you can sip on an espresso while admiring a view of the gardens.
3. Blue Haven Hotel: Kinsale, Ireland
Looking for hotels with gourmet restaurants? How about a hotel with several? Blue Haven Hotel in quaint Kinsale offers a variety of amazing ways to satisfy your stomach. Honouring its Kinsale Meat Market origins, its restaurant, Rare, promises a unique, meat-focused menu. Elsewhere, the Fish Market Bistro delivers on your seafood cravings in a fabulous setting, using seasonal produce and fresh seafood from the neighbouring Wild Atlantic Way to craft your dinner. You don’t need to take just our word for it, though. The hotel has won over ten high-profile awards over the years, including an AA Culinary Rosette for The Fish Market and Best Breakfast in Ireland in 2017.
4. Avli Lounge Apartments: Rethymnon Old City, Greece
The award-winning Avli restaurant at Avli Lounge Apartments is well-versed in the magic of Mediterranean cuisine. Its dedicated staff seek out the freshest produce to conjure up astounding Cretan dishes before delivering them to you in their restaurant courtyard, covered in emerald vines. From soft goat’s cheese to piquant lamb dishes and zucchini flowers, no dish on offer is the same, and like many of the other best hotels with gourmet restaurants across Europe, Avli also has its own wine cellar. At Enoteca, you can sample curated wines that hail from Crete, Greece and further. If that weren’t enough, it’s also one of the largest restaurant wine cellars in the country, featuring bottles from over 460 producers.
5. Hotel Villa Cipriani: Asolo, Italy
Beef carpaccio. Risotto primavera. Fresh Italian bread and pastries. Those with a penchant for Italian cuisine will have their tastebuds treated beyond their wildest hopes at Hotel Villa Cipriani, a luxury five-star hotel in Asolo. Meticulously crafting each meal out of seasonal fare, the meals on offer embody the very heart and soul of Cipriani, with ingredients sourced from Treviso, Bassano, Montello and more. Thoughtful staff are the cherry on the cake at this establishment, along with the stunning view of the Asolo Valley that you can admire as you daydream and dine. If you fancy a sophisticated drink after your meal, head to the American Bar for a cocktail of your choice.
6. Suter Palace: Bucharest, Romania
Enjoy refinery at its peak at Suter Palace’s hotel restaurant, Gramont. From the creative configuration of your plate to the stunning panoramic views of Bucharest, which includes a rare view of the Palace of Parliament, every inch of this restaurant simply oozes aestheticism. What’s more, it promises a ‘multisensory experience’ that will bring together tastes, colours, sounds, smells and emotions as you eat, with an aim to revolutionise your perception of fine dining. The perfect place to spoil your palate.
7. Twr y Felin: St Davids, Wales
Of all the hotels with gourmet restaurants in Europe, few sport such artistic flair as the one at Twr y Felin: an exemplar of hospitality based next to the coast in Wales. Blas Restaurant is home to several creative and flavour-packed concoctions that inspire each dining experience they provide, including their elegant afternoon tea and dinner and drinks. We’d particularly recommend trying their Perl Wen cheesecake with blackcurrant and wild fennel... an original creation combining one of Wales’ best-loved cheeses with a classic dessert. After filling up, take your time to wander around the restored windmill to admire the many works of art on display, all specifically commissioned to portray Pembrokeshire in all its glory.
8. Puteus Palace: Brač, Croatia
The chefs at the luxe Puteus Palace are masters of Mediterranean cuisine. Brač and Croatian specialities are served up with flair and flavour in their restaurant situated in the renovated cellar, made chic with whitewashed walls, an ornate chandelier and plush furnishings. Take your pick of seafood, meats, salads and more from their broad selection of delicious dishes, best enjoyed with a rich Dalmatian wine. By far the best way to close your days in this gorgeous Croatian hideaway.
9. Agriturismo L’Unicorno: Bedizzole, Italy
Nestled among neat vineyards and abundant fruit and olive groves is Agriturismo L’Unicorno: the oldest house in its hamlet, built in 1654. This esteemed establishment is not only known for its rich history but its compelling culinary offerings, much of which is made with products fresh from the hotel’s garden. Of particular note is the extra virgin olive oil that the chefs sprinkle generously over many of their menu’s meals, pressed and made fresh with local olives. You’ll never have tasted anything like it. Don’t miss the ‘Caffe 900’ room on-site, either, situated in a room that reflects the 1900s extravagant ambience.
10. Eccles Hotel: Cork, Ireland
Artisan food and views of Bantry Bay are the heart and soul of the restaurant at Eccles Hotel, Garinish. Headed up by an esteemed chef that’s both appeared on the BBC and worked in Michelin star restaurants, you know you’re in safe hands when you book a table, here. Devising the best flavours is a top priority at this stunning spot, and you can guarantee that everything that passes your lips has been rigorously sourced and cooked to perfection before making its way to your plate. The restaurant has racked up several notable food awards over the past few years, and deservedly so. It makes the act of eating enrapturing.
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