Although I work and studied in this general part of Surrey, I had never been to the Woodlands Park Hotel until I attended a friend's wedding there earlier this month
She had visited the hotel last December with her heart set on a summer wedding but when she walked into the reception and saw their giant Christmas tree, she fell in love with it and the venue and so was born her winter wedding on the proviso that the tree was up for the wedding
The hotel has a stately feel to it from the moment you drive in. This feel is continued when you walk into the airy reception with a warm crackling fireplace and people having traditional afternoon tea (which looked scrummy) on the comfy sofas. Of course, the famous Christmas tree was there and it was huge and magnificent
The wedding ceremony took place in a private room overlooking the grounds, which was lovely
However, it was the wedding dinner, which confirmed their 5 star status in my book. The staff were all brilliant, seamlessly serving the food and drink and making my friend's wedding really flow smoothly. Top notch and with smiles to boot
There's also a top kitchen, which served some top quality food, which was impressive for self catering. The lamb shank main course was presented with the large bone in and the bones had had all been cleaned perfectly. The mashed potato had been piped - these little touches elevated the food to special status
The hotel were also generous in giving my friend a larger room for the evening reception for free because they had capacity. Classy.
I was most impressed indeed and I hope more of my friends will get married here!
The Oak Room will always hold a special place in my heart, for it was following a wonderful dinner here that my now husband proposed to me. Notwithstanding that connection, however, I would hae absoultely no hesitation recommending the Oak Room Restaurant for a dinner a deux or family celebration.
Situated in the 4* Woodlands Park Hotel the Oak Room Restaurant offers fine dining in traditional yet unpretentious surroundings. The dark oak pannelling that gives the restaurant its name creates a wonderful feeling that is both intimate and yet relaxed at the same time. Large leaded windows allow wonderful views of the grounds and let in a gentle light that literally makes the room glow.
The menu varies according to when you visit although it's based losely around a modern European theme with leanings towards British-ness! The signature Chateau Briande is amazing and is testament to the traditional slant of the restaurant but then dishes such as Honey and Sea Salt Honey Glazed Duck Supreme Butternut Squash and Cinnamon Risotto add an adventurous suprise.
Presentation of the food is always immaculate and portion sizes are good for an establishment of this type. Don't expect huge platefuls but neither will you be disappointed by tiny nouvelle cuisine-style portions.
Staff are attentive and discrete and will ensure that you have an excellent evening. Their knowledge of the menu is always very good. Personally I've found the sommelier's recommendations to be a little on the pricy side and not always according to my preferences, however this is a minor niggle. I've never been served a duff bottle of wine!
Dining a la carte will see a bill of around £50 per head.
There are only around 30 tables here (well-spaced) and so it is advisable to book for traditionally popular periods (Easter, Christmas, Valentines etc).
Many restaurants could learn from this excellent offering.
ok i didnt stay here but i was booked to do a wedding for the lighting and music i must say the staff were amazing so helpfull the parking was easy i could drive the van right up to the back doors unload all the disco eqipment the venue was stunning everything was so clean.The hotel staff were rushed of there feet all day as i was there from eleven till midnight to witness this and i was lucky to taste some of the buffet that was laid on later that evening wow the food was so lovely i have never worked at a venue were the staff were acting beyond the duties many thanks to all the staff at woodlands park hotel
This is an old manor style hotel which is located between Cobham and Leatherhead and ideal for commuting on A3 or M25. We often put our clients up there, who like the style of the hotel, the ambience and the friendly staff as well as the old fashioned decor.
This hotel is often used for wedding venues and I understand why its beautiful, the location, the surroundings, the decor.
We have eaten many times at the Formal Restaurant and also the Brazzarie. The food is quality standard, the wine selection is good and they have great desserts!
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