Chris Gower heads down to Boringdon Hall in Plympton to try out their casual dining offering. This historic venue has a killer reputation for a la carte, will this be the same for the relaxed Mayflower Brasserie? Some of the photos used in this review are featured in our Festive Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall review which you can read here.
Award-winning Head Chef Scott Paton has created a perfect casual dining menu which perfectly compliments the food offerings at Boringdon Hall.
It is not unusual to find larger hotels offering a wide range of dining options beyond the flag-ship a la carte menus, and Boringdon Hall has just this. The Mayflower Brasserie is the casual flavour of dining, it represents the unbuttoned shirt of the eating experience.
But as soon as you think ‘casual dining’, does that mean the standards start slipping? In Boringdon Hall, the one thing you can guarantee is that the eye to detail in the service and the food is just as spot-on.
Frequent readers of the blog might remember our first visit to Boringdon Hall to sample their Festive Afternoon Tea which we loved. We enjoyed the warm cosiness of The Great Hall, the service and of course the food itself so when we were invited to sample some of the lovely culinary creations from the Brasserie, we jumped at the opportunity.
The Great Hall is the focal point for dining at Boringdon Hall. Adorning the walls hang historic paintings, hung on whitewashed walls they rise towards a high ceiling. The floor is covered in luscious, inviting sofas with a large fireplace.
We were looked after expertly by Liam who made us feel welcome throughout our visit. He and the other members of the team made us feel comfortable and relaxed. On our previous visit, the staff were welcoming and accommodating, that five-star service really shone through.
I had an urge for a nice silky glass of Port. Our first drink, in fact, was a beautiful 10-Year-Old Tawny port that slipped down far too easily. We had nibbles in the form of green olives in a garlic oil and some mixed chilli nuts as we waited for our table to become ready. We were taken through to the Brasserie restaurant and presented with a very nice looking menu.
I don’t have a complete lack of imagination, but I was interested to see what a Boringdon Burger comprised of in light of my recent visit to the Oowee Diner in Bristol. But first starters…
I love deep fried things, and I have a love for Brie too so the Deep Fried Brie Bites in Cranberry Ketchup was going to be an absolute must for me, followed by The Boringdon Burger. Tori went for the Homemade soup of the day, followed by the Braised Beef Brisket and buttered mash.
We accompanied the meal off with bottle of House red, a lovely Malbec from Chile (the best Malbecs come from Chile imho), perfect with Tori’s Beef.
I don’t normally make a big thing about wine; up to recently I wasn’t a great fan of red wine, but after a four-year break I’ve rediscovered my love of a good hearty red!
My Deep Fried Brie Bites were delicious and particularly snappy, with a glorious crispy coating with the tartness of the cranberry ketchup, that classic Brie & Cranberry taste combination worked a treat.
Tori had the Homemade soup of the day, which was very much enjoyed.
Our main courses were an interesting comparison – the Braised Beef Brisket versus the Boringdon Burger. Blimey!
The winner for me wasn’t the burger, and this was another case where I got a case of ‘meal envy’ as Tori’s Braised Beef Brisket was a superb example of how to really cook a good bit of beef. It melted – beautifully tender with a good taste behind it.
The bun itself was nice and kept everything together, the patty was cooked well done and was clearly made from good beef from MJ Kelly, I couldn’t taste or detect anything else in the patty that bulked it out, in fact, the burger with the cheese and the bacon combination was a delight.
But the thing that let it down, for me, was the dollop of coleslaw that came with the burger and fries. Thankfully it was a minor detail that didn’t overshadow a lovely meal.
We were nearly defeated at our dessert and I actually was, but we plumped for the beautiful Dark Chocolate Torte with Hazelnut Praline Ice Cream which ended everything nicely.
We retired back to the Great Hall to chill out with some coffee before making our way home. Overall it was a really enjoyable meal, and it gets a good hearty recommendation from me.
Boringdon Hall Hotel, Boringdon Hill, Colebrook, Plymouth PL7 4DP
Disclaimer: The meal was paid for by Boringdon Hall as a review meal – however this does not influence or sway the opinions stated in this review.