(4 star hotel)
from the airport
A taste of Tuscany before you fly
Tuck into Italian delights in the AA rosette-winning Tuscany Ristorante. From risottos to pastas, meat and fish dishes, there are plenty of tasty dishes to satisfy any appetite. For main we opted for mushroom risotto and sea bass on a bed of leeks and pancetta, with a shared side of green beans with almond shavings which was delicious - I recommend you have it, regardless of your choice of main. For dessert prepare for a battle with yourself - my personal battle was whether to choose tiramisu or chocolate pudding. Chocolate pudding won, just.
If the delicious food, friendly waiting staff and extensive wine list arent enough to keep you occupied then the cooking theatre certainly will - the kitchens are open, so you can watch all the food being prepared. You can even enjoy al fresco eating - well, kind of. They have a terrace- style dining area, with Tuscan scenery painted on the walls and potted lemon trees.
- 6.30pm to 9.45pm
Allie's American Grille
- Breakfast: 6.30am to 10.30am
(a half hour later on weekends)
- Dinner: 6.30pm to 9.45pm
All the food is locally sourced and freshly prepared. When we stayed the chef came out to say hello to the diners and discuss the menu, which is constantly changing in response to the feedback customers give.
It's all about the beef
If you choose to feast in this all-American eatery then you have to try the steak. Unless youre vegetarian of course, but even then, you should consider it. The beef is matured for a minimum of 35 days, lovingly prepared and cooked to your taste. If steak doesnt make the cut and you fancy something different, then despair not. Theres a selection of poultry, fish and veggie dishes to choose from. My tip: go for the steak and blue cheese salad.
Breakfast of champions
Prepare yourself for a feast. You can tuck into fruit and yogurts, cakes and pastries, made-to-order omelettes and waffles, hot and cold meats, eggs any which way you fancy and a huge selection of breads. Wash it all down with unlimited tea, coffee and fruit juice. The friendly staff are happy to help with whatever you need and will keep you topped up on tea and coffee. Its a real treat to start the day with the morning paper and a delicious breakfast rather than the morning rush hour.
Breakfast is served in Allie's American Grille from 6.30am to 10.30am on weekdays and 7am to 11am at weekends. The price is £16.95 per person for the English buffet, which includes everything, and £14.95 for the continental buffet, which doesn't include cooked food.