The Terrace Bar, The Mansion HouseBy Phil Creighton
April 09, 2009
Just look at that beautiful view. Isn’t it stunning? The burger doesn’t look too bad either.
It’s what awaits you if you decide to head to the Terrace Bar at Wokefield Park in Mortimer.
You might think that the deVeres venue is for formal dining events only – and out of your price range in these credit crunched times, but you couldn’t be more wrong.
We had a very agreeable Sunday lunch in its Terrace Bar which had been specially arranged for us, but its bar snacks menu is incredibly reasonable with dishes coming in around the £10 mark.
And you get that view thrown in for free.
In fact, so taken with the view, I’ve actually been sitting on this review since Christmas – when we visited – until now because you really needed to see the grounds on a beautiful sunny day to really appreciate it.
It was wet and miserable the day we went – dark, gloomy and grey. It’s a far cry from the lovely sunny weekends we’ve just enjoyed and hopefully will continue to enjoy this year.
Wokefield Park hotel is part of a massive complex which includes a golf course and full leisure facilities. The website also contains details of how you can host your own slumber party and even book a room for £19 (be quick, the offer closes today), so you can make an event of it if you wish.
Getting to the Terrace Bar from the main entrance is a little tricky. But then it is a massive place, with 18 meeting rooms, several dining rooms and, of course, those large grounds that tantalise you from the bar.
Staff will be happy to take you from reception to the bar, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Once there, you can choose to lounge around in some massive leather sofas, enjoying the soft modern music, perch by the bar or sit in the main dining area, with its stunning view (have I mentioned that yet?)
The bar itself has a good range of bottles, beers, wines, spirits and vodkas. A pint of Grolsch will set you back £3.55, while Carling is £3.40.
We were presented with a typical Sunday lunch, aimed at giving us a flavour of the food that they regularly serve.
Our starter was the soup of the day, mushroom served with pecans, walnuts and chestnuts. Served in a bowl on a warm slate with homemade bread, it was very, very pleasant and one of the best soups I’d enjoyed in ages.
For mains, we were presented with huge Yorkshire puddings with large slabs of beef on. The meat was rare to well done and came with a strong, rich gravy that added depth and flavour to the Yorkies.
Served with roast potatoes that were flecked with pepper, they just melted in the mouth, and a mixture of in-season vegetables.
For dessert, Judith enjoyed a créme brûlée, with a proper caramelised top and served with a home-made amaretti biscotti. It was delicious and quickly polished off.
I went for the cheeseboard, packed with stilton, brie and mature cheddar – served with a generous apple chutney, grapes and a heap of bread and biscuits.
Mini-portions of the dishes are available for children, something which matters to them: they don’t want them to eat rubbish. And quite right too.
In fact, Daniel Rosier, the venue’s food and beverage manager, is really keen to ensure that the venue serves good quality food, using local ingredients and all freshly made on the premises.
“Whatever you want, we can accommodate you,” he told me. “Nothing is too big or too small.”
And having seen that in action, I believe him.
A lazy, leisurely Sunday afternoon here with good food and good company is time well-spent. Oh, and by the way, did I mention the view?
- Telephone: (0118) 933 4006
- Website: www.deverevenues.co.uk
- Address: Wokefield Park,