Sitting on a Westminster aspect road, moments from Buckingham Palace, you’ll discover The Guardsman resort. As a five-star residence with opulent neighbours, it could appear shocking that this spot falls into the ‘hidden gem’ class. Regardless of its glamorous, gold-accented facade, this spot blends in with its environment; nevertheless, when you step inside, you’ll see what makes this resort stand out.
Whether or not you’re visiting The Guardsman for an in a single day keep, a day tea, or just a drink on the bar with a pal, the workers deal with you want an honoured visitor. Spoiler alert for the remainder of this overview: The Guardsman workers have been heat, pleasant, and humorous, whereas conducting a five-star service.
The afternoon tea
Afternoon tea at The Guardsman is a beautiful expertise, loved within the plush lounge space, amongst a chandelier and book-laden cabinets. The area nearly appears like a lavish front room. Tender music performs within the background and beautiful crockery is laid out forward of your seating; whereas a glass of champagne every comes simply moments after you sit down. As beforehand famous, the service was implausible all through the expertise; our host advisable teas and had a little bit chortle with us, and even essentially the most particular of dietary necessities have been catered for.
The afternoon tea is impressed by the Royal Parks, and contains 4 sandwiches, two scones, and 4 candy treats per particular person. This was considered one of few afternoon teas I’ve eaten the place I left feeling full – and nearly incapable of lifting myself out of the couch’s luxurious cushions. It’s not simply the meals that’s bountiful; the teapot is large too (and warmed intermittently by the staff). I beloved the truth that the sandwiches every used various kinds of bread: tomato bread, turmeric bread, sourdough, and a bread roll. My favorite was the truffled rooster mayo roll, because it was simply frivolously creamy, and tasted as if it had been made utilizing a correctly roasted rooster, versus a pre-packed model.
As for the sweeter components, the scones have been extremely gentle, and there was a diversified collection of jam flavours, alongside the cream. The patisseries have been lovely, vibrant, and thoroughly crafted. My favourites have been the ‘mushroom’ (lemon sponge, with a strawberry yoghurt mousse cap); and the chocolate rose, with hidden blueberry filling.
Dinner and drinks
Dinner at The Guardsman is a classically British affair: starters embody the likes of heritage tomato and basil soup, seasonal asparagus, and pressed ham hock; whereas Camden Hells-battered fish and chips, lamb rump, and steamed trout make up a number of the mains. The eating space, located on the decrease floor flooring, is decked out with leather-based seating and a darker color scheme. The partitions are adorned with conventional, but enjoyable, portraits and work.
I need to confess, by the point dinner rolled round, I used to be nonetheless full from the afternoon tea. Nevertheless, the British menu beckoned, and I might handle a principal dish not less than (sorry, ham hock, I’ll be again for you!) I opted for the Cornish hake, served with roasted purple potatoes, chorizo, and peppers. The fish was gentle, however it was the chorizo that actually introduced the flavour. I additionally loved the variation of texture within the dish: gentle potatoes and fish, agency chorizo, and crunchy onions and purple peppers. One other good selection was the steak – cooked properly to medium – partnered with triple cooked chips. The presentation in each these dishes was on level.
To quench your thirst, there may be an ample drinks menu and separate wine checklist. There’s a good collection of spirits on the previous; I merely loved rum and coke.
Staying on the resort
If all that indulgence has you able to recline and relaxation, properly, The Guardsman is simply the place to take action. It’s a resort, in any case. Visitor rooms are cut up into ‘rooms’ for brief visits and ‘residences’ for longer stays. Regardless of the place you’re staying, the rooms are unbelievable – in my room, I had a TV that changed into a mirror when switched off, and built-in Bluetooth audio system within the rest room.
Breakfast is extremely spectacular. The sheer quantity of choices is insane, plus you’ll be able to tailor any of the dishes as you would like. I additionally favored the quirky amendments to a number of the dishes: egg and toasted troopers turned egg and guardsmen, for instance.
The fluffy pancakes have been a successful selection: the portion was giant, the pancakes thick, and the candy maple was balanced out by the bacon. You may have the choice to dine in the identical space as dinner is served, or through room service. If you recognize what you’d like forward of time, you’ll be able to fill out the pre-booking menu along with your most popular order and 15-minute supply slot, and cling it in your door the night time earlier than. Identical to magic, it will likely be delivered the subsequent day.
To conclude this overview, The Guardsman is a gem of a resort. As anticipated for the placement, room charges begin within the triple figures, however afternoon tea is a extra attainable £65pp (hey, London costs, peeps). Though the meals, presentation, and facilities are prime notch, the true jewel within the crown is the impeccable service. You’ll go away right here with a smile in your face, that’s for certain.