A few weeks back, M and I were invited to spend the afternoon and evening at Wyboston Lakes; spending the afternoon being completely treated at the Y-Spa (full post here) and then the evening indulging in a fantastic three course dinner at the restaurant at The Waterfront Hotel.
After our incredible spa afternoon, and an hour getting showered and tarted up in their snazzy changing rooms (with makeup mirrors to die for – check them out in my post!) we headed through to the restaurant and were led to our gorgeous table overlooking the lake. It’s such a stunning setting, it really did feel like we were on holiday even though it’s only half an hour away from our flat!
Our waiter, Igor, who was fantastic the entire evening, took our drinks order and when I was being indecisive about what gin to have in my G&T, suggested a rhubarb gin with an elderflower tonic, garnished with strawberries and raspberries – it sounded amazing so I simply agreed (I do love when I don’t have to make decisions!) It lived up to expectations and then some; it was completely delicious and looked amazing, served in a proper gin globe!
The menu at The Waterfront Hotel is hugely varied, with a selection to suit any taste and some really unique options too including Salmon Madras, Pave of Lamb, Butter Poached Trout, Sweet Potato Tagine, Baked Cherry Cream and Mango and Passionfruit Parfait.
One thing that struck us both was that the calories for each dish were on the menu – something that I think is a really useful touch for making people more aware of the decisions they were making. Neither of us felt that we were making our decisions based on the calorie information, but it made us aware of certain dishes being better for us than others if we were deciding between two; and for me, it helped me put it all into my tracking app, knowing it was an indulgent treat meal, but also knowing that I was tracking it accurately – big bonus! I know some people wouldn’t like it, but then you can just ignore it – for me, I think it’s a really useful touch.
For Starters, M had Duck Rillettes (above); Duck Bon-Bon, Spiced Plum Chutney, Candied Almond and Toasted Brioche, which looked delicious and he really liked. I went for the Stuffed Calamari; Calamari stuffed with Seafood Mousse, Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Fondue with Garlic Aioli. This was stunning – the Calamari was so soft and perfectly cooked, no sign of squeaky Calamari here! The Seafood Mousse was delicious and it was all so well balanced with the Salad and Roasted Red Pepper too. Needless to say, the plate was clean within minutes – so so yummy!
When it came to the Main Course I really struggled making a decision; there were so many things I wanted to try! The South Indian Salmon Madras and Slow Cooked Lamb Fillet were both really winking at me, but in the end I decided to go for the Pan Fried Wild Stone Bass; served with Potato Rosti, Cauliflower Fritters and Cauliflower Puree. It was completely delicious – the fish was perfectly cooked so it just flaked apart, and was really nicely seasoned. The Cauliflower Fritters were scrummy and had a wonderful bite to them, the Puree was light and flavourful and the Potato Rosti was crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle and stayed together really well (I’ve had rosti before that just fall apart on the plate before you even get to them!)
M had the 28 Day Dry Aged Fillet Steak with Garlic Butter and Hand Cut Chips – he loves a good Steak (well, don’t we all!) The Steak was cooked well, perfectly rare as he ordered, and the Garlic Butter was actually quite nicely not excessively garlicky (sometimes garlic butters can just be completely overpowering but he said it was a really nice addition rather than an overpowering flavour) The Thick Cut Chips were crispy and were the ideal chunky “proper chip” too, so he was a happy boy!
We also had a side order of Creamed Spring Cabbage which was delicious – I could honestly eat that every day; it felt very indulgent and wonderfully thick, and was perfectly seasoned to have a lovely flavour to it without overpowering whatever you were eating; it just added really nicely to both M’s steak and my fish – winning!
Dessert wise, I just had to go for the White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake (I mean, can you blame me?!) and I was really really pleased with my decision. With actual chunks of white chocolate and raspberry through the cheesecake, it felt light and rich at the same time, and the Fruit Compote was a really lovely addition to add to the raspberry flavour; yum!
M went for the Sticky Toffee Pudding which I think beat all food records for how short a time it actually stayed on the plate. As soon as I had taken my photos (hazard of being in a relationship with a blogger is that they will make you wait for them to take pictures of your food; but I do try to get the shots I need as quickly as I can and downright refuse to let hot food get cold!) the spoon was at work and I don’t think M even took a breath until the plate was clean – clearly a big hit! It also came with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream and a Hot Toffee Sauce, which all Sticky Toffee Puddings definitely should! Proper British pud; and it went down an absolute treat!
After we had finished with our puddings we were offered coffees – if you follow me on Instagram you will know I am a tea-addict so I had a proper cup of tea and M had an Americano before we went out onto the deck for a bit of a wander and a look over the lake as the sun set. It really is such a gorgeous seeing; if it had been that little bit warmer that evening I would have loved to sit outside on one of the many tables the restaurant has out there, but there was just a bit too much of a breeze…I guess we will just have to go back!
We had a fantastic day at The Waterfront Hotel; from arriving at our incredible Spa Afternoon at the Y-Spa, through to our final bite of dinner, we were looked after so so well – it really was a fantastic day! The food at the restaurant was delicious and we will definitely be back to try some more of the menu – that Salmon Madras is definitely calling my name!
Thanks to all the staff at The Waterfront Hotel, particularly our wonderful waiter, Igor, for looking after us so well – we had a brilliant time!
*Our Dinner at The Waterfront Hotel was gifted, however as always, all opinions are my own.*