LOCATION: England

Sunday Brunch Bucket List: Meet Us For A Proper British Breakfast at Berners
Katie David Bush
REPORT
No. 26826
VENUE:
Sunday Brunch Bucket List: Berners Tavern
LOCATION:
London, England
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Restaurant
Brunch Bucket List
Luxurious London Culinary Chapel
REPORTER: Katie David Bush

While we're mostly apt to while away our Sundays simply, tucked into a couple runny eggs, clinking salt-rimmed glasses with our group after a splendid Saturday night, sometimes we'd love to be those ladies who lunch and we need a spectacular spot worthy of just that. Just a hop, skip and a jump across the pond, we're putting on our Sunday best and brunching at Britain's Michelin-starred-chef-driven mainstay, Bernars Tavern.

 

Berners Tavern Exterior

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A COUNTRYSIDE CHIC ESTATE : DORMY HOUSE: ENGLAND
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 6311
VENUE:
Dormy House Hotel
LOCATION:
Worcestershire, UK
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Historic Building
Farmhouse Chic
17th Century meets modern whimsy
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner
A COUNTRYSIDE CHIC ESTATE : DORMY HOUSE: ENGLAND
A COUNTRYSIDE CHIC ESTATE : DORMY HOUSE: ENGLAND
A COUNTRYSIDE CHIC ESTATE : DORMY HOUSE: ENGLAND

The Report

This venue is VRV (Venue Report Verified); Venue Report Correspondent Knot & Pop has personally visited this venue. When the talented Susie & Claire from Knot & Pop reached out to us to let us know they had visited a spectacularly remodeled historical Boutique Hotel/Venue space in the Cotswolds, we threw our reporter pens up in the air with excitement! The beauty they were speaking of is Dormy House, which recently underwent a massive refurbishment. Think modern English countryside meets contemporary design.

HISTORY LESSON: Dormy House started life as a 17th Century Cotswold farmhouse, complete with flagstone floors, warm log fires and acres of rural land. The hotel today has retained many of its original features, such as the same welcome crackle of a real log fire, sumptuous wood-paneled walls and agonizingly, gorgeous sweeping views of the lush Cotswold Hills. Yet it is certainly so much more than a stunning 17th century farmhouse with spectacular views, it’s a lesson in fine design. The original house was called Willersey Hill Farm and the owners farmed the surrounding land themselves. In the mid-1940’s, the house was bought by the Broadway Golf Club and given it’s new name: Dormy House. Dormy is a term for an “unbeatable” round of golf.

The Dormy House of today is a 40 bedroom hotel with two restaurants, The Garden Room & The Potting Shed. The Garden Room proves fine dining doesn’t have to be fussy to be formal and you can expect a clever re-working of English classics. Did we mention wall-to-ceiling glass windows that flood the room with afternoon light in the summer and provide a cosy retreat in the winter? The other on-site restaurant, The Potting Shed is relaxed, unpretentious and charming, championing the best of English cooking. Both are ideal for dinner parties and private dining use! Fun fact: the wine list at Dormy House was selected with the help of Corney & Barrow – who hold two royal warrants. They say if its good enough for the Queen and Prince Charles, it’s good enough for them. Sip, sip hooray!

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Ellenborough Park : Cotswolds, England
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 2502
VENUE:
Ellenborough Park
LOCATION:
Cotswolds, England
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Elegant English Equestrian Country House
Landscaped Grounds + Rolling Hills
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner
Ellenborough Park : Cotswolds, England
Ellenborough Park : Cotswolds, England
Ellenborough Park : Cotswolds, England

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We don't know about you, but when we hear the following description: You are cordially invited to an English Equestrian Celebration in a Countryside Manor, our mouths inexplicably drop open. This sounds like the stuff movies are made of. If we received an invitation to a wedding or event with the above phrase, we would most certainly be on planes, trains, rocket ships and boats to get there. We may even swim across the Atlantic, that's how exciting this sounds. In addition to the elegant equestrian venue vibe of Ellenborough Park, the property is located in the Cotswolds, a supreme location full of ancient castles and quaint villages.

Ellenborough Park was fully renovated a mere five years ago and just re-opened in 2011! Hooray! This ancient house turned hotel/venue is on the original Cheltenham racecourse estate and has been restored to it's current state of a luxury Cotswold hotel. Although this venue offers a multitude of horse-friendly sports like polo, you can still partake in a plethora of non saddle-savvy activities.

HISTORY LESSON: Ellenborough Park is a 15th century manor house and is adjacent to the famous Cheltenham racetrack. With its origins dating back to 1485, this property is a true historic treasure. Originally built by a local farmer, the manor has housed lords, earls and most notably King George III in 1788. The hotel boasts a world-class spa and gourmet restaurant, and is comprised of 62 large bedrooms and suites designed by Nina Campbell. This beautiful English country house offers guests the epitome of English elegance. Many “royal” activities are offered near the property, including polo, archery, and shooting.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Ellenborough Park is just an hour from Birmingham International Airport, an hour and 45 minutes from London Heathrow Airport, and two hours and 15 minutes from London Gatwick Airport. Taxis are also available to the airport from the Cheltenham Spa Railway Station, should guests choose to travel from another city by rail. The hotel is situated a 10-minute drive from the railway station.

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Ampersand Hotel : Kensington, London
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 1891
VENUE:
Ampersand Hotel
LOCATION:
Kensington, London
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Historic Building
French Finesse meets British
Cultural Kensington
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner
Ampersand Hotel : Kensington, London
Ampersand Hotel : Kensington, London
Ampersand Hotel : Kensington, London

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London's calling and the Ampersand Hotel is on the line. You may not be wearing the real royal crown, but you are sure to be crowned the party host extraordinaire with a shindig or dinner party at this hotspot. This new British beauty offers 111 bedrooms and 3+ venue spaces just seconds away from the South Kensington tube station. The iconic ampersand symbol illustrates the hotel’s role in connecting its guests to the best of South Kensington.

Want a little history lesson? The hotel opened in August of 2012, after an extensive renovation and is one of London’s original Victorian boutique hotels, having opened way back in 1888. Classic English heritage meets a contemporary interior with restored original Victorian features visible in all areas from the impressive high ceilings to the hauntingly beautiful gargoyles. This new London experience has individually styled bedrooms, splashes of contemporary art and a ground floor patisserie serving artisanal coffee and Champagne.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: London Heathrow is the city’s main airport and is 15 miles from the hotel. London Gatwick is 30 miles from the hotel and The Gatwick Express takes 30 minutes into London Victoria Station, approximately a 10 minute transfer from the hotel. London is also served by London City, Luton and Stansted Airports.

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Ibérica Marylebone : London, England
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 1816
VENUE:
Ibérica Marylebone
LOCATION:
London, England
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Private Dining / Restaurant
Spanish Industrial
City
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner
Ibérica Marylebone : London, England
Ibérica Marylebone : London, England
Ibérica Marylebone : London, England

The Report

Yesterday we shared Ibérica Canary Wharf, and it's only fair that we also spotlight it's sister restaurant Ibérica Marylebone. We can't play favorites over here because Marleybone is just as incredible for parties and celebrations. Ibérica Marylebone offers the best in Spanish cuisine with seasonal gastronomic tapas and a selection of artisan produce and wines, some of which are unique to the British market, available from the Ibérica Delicatessen that is adjacent to the restaurant. This is the flagship restaurant and enjoys a central London location on Great Portland Street, Marleybone.

THE DISH: There is a variety of over forty hot and cold tapas served here. Set in a relaxed yet dynamic atmosphere, simple cold dishes from Spanish cheeses to embutidos (charcuterie) sit alongside classic pinchos (traditional Spanish appetiser), salads, bespoke tortillas and seafood. The menu has been created to offer guests a culinary contrast between both regional variations and the modern adaptations of traditional Spanish cuisine with a focus on Asturian specialities.

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