Having eagerly awaited the reopening of the old Stanneylands Hotel and now experienced it, we were most certainly not disappointed.
About one year ago the hotel was bought out by the very successful business partnership of Mark Bowler and Gary Corbett, who have a top reputation in hospitality management and fresh initiatives. It has to be said yet again another outstanding success to produce a totally different experience.at the Stanneylands.
With almost £1.8 million investment, re-branding and new management resulting in one of the most enjoyable fresco drinking and dining establishments in Cheshire and the North West.
My wife and I dined there last night for the first time since the reopening in April and the whole experience can be summed up in two words "total excellence"!
We arrived at 6.30 to dine at 7.00 pm, so we could have a good look around at all the new changes. Firstly we were most professionally and warmly welcomed with a lovely smile and greeting by the girls on reception. It has to be said that immediately the front of house staff went out of their way to be helpful and personally showed us to the main bar next to where we were dining.
We ordered our drinks and they were brought to us personally in the lounge area.
A totally relaxed atmosphere where nothing was too much for the staff. We then had a good look around at all the changes.The whole place has been totally refurbished to the very highest standards possible. With an eye for detail and those small touches which are so important to the customer, where nothing has been left to chance. This of course directly reflects the reputation of the Mark Bowler and Geoff Corbett the new owners, where everything is to the very highest standards possible.
As it was our wedding anniversary we dined in the more formal restaurant "The Grill Room", but there are also two other restaurants "The Tap & Pantry" and of course "The Parlour" which is for drinks and daytime dining.
The theme of the whole building and décor is based on "the very best of British". From the original wooden panelling, beautiful furnishing and very tasteful art work to reflect this stunning historic mansion house.
We were greeted in the lounge by our waitress for the evening, once again in a very friendly and professional manner. She brought us to our table and personally ran through the various options available. Once again in a very professional but totally friendly and relaxed manner.
There then arrived a complementary basket of Yorkshire smoked rapeseed oil bread and handmade butter, we were then also served our wine and water.
Our meal arrived soon after and here again the presentation of the food and the standard was of the very highest level.
As a starter my wife decided on Western Isles scallops, warm tomato, black pudding and crispy bacon crumble. From my part I went for the smoked duck with asparagus salad and Clementine dressing. For the main course my wife had the sea bream fish with vegetables and trimmings and I had the 8 oz fillet steak, grill garnish, hand cut chips and peppercorn sauce. Finally sticky toffee pudding and caramel vanilla clotted ice cream with a good glass of red wine to wash it all down. All totally delicious and cooked by the chef to perfection, who could ask for more!
We then left the restaurant, had a nice chat with our waitress having had a truly lovely anniversary meal in what must be said is one of the very best establishments I have ever had the pleasure to dine.
Oh by the way one really nice touch before I finish was the General Manager Carina Martins came down at the end of a long day (8.30/9.00pm) to actually talk with each guest in the restaurant individually and ensure they enjoyed their meal. Now that's what I mean by perfection and total dedication. I didn't even get that sort of service when I stayed at the Dorchester in London and to think this is a four star establishment. But I have got a funny feeling five star is just around the corner.
So my advice is if you are local and want a lovely evening and meal, or say an American tourist and want to experience "The very best of British" cooking and hospitality then look no further. Remember "The Stanneylands" is only ten minutes by car from Manchester International Airport and it has 52 beautifully refurbished bedrooms available.
Thanks Carina for a lovely evening Ted Comiskey (retired Managing Director).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hidden away in the Cheshire countryside, you’ll find the gloriously re-imagined Stanneylands; a vibrant hub for the neighbourhood, families and friends. It’s perfect for those seeking the best of British dining and with our two spectacular dining venues – The Tap & Pantry and The Grill Room- you’ll be spoilt for choice! The Grill Room promises an elevation of its already fine reputation for Classic British, whilst The Tap & Pantry offers a much more casual experience where you can sample some of the finest local craft ales and spirits. Each of our menus feature the most sought after local ingredients, and never to be seen hidden gems, that are lovingly prepared by our very talented kitchen team who are all about bringing a touch of the outside to your plate. The Stanneylands is also the perfect destination for those who seeking some time away, whether that’s for a long weekend escape or a spontaneous night away. Each of our guest rooms have been designed with touches inspired by the traditional country house feel across our Classic rooms, boutique, deluxe and suites which are all fully equipped with everything you’ll need during your stay – including Wi-Fi and flat screen televisions. With three gloriously defined spaces including The Attic, The Chambers and The State Room, we make the perfect choice to host that dream Cheshire wedding or that business meeting that requires some time away from the office, all re-invented and destined to be the most desired venue in the heart of Cheshire. Just a couple of miles away from Manchester International Airport and twenty minutes’ drive from Manchester City Centre, The Stanneylands offering the best of country meets city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stanneylands Hotel Wilmslow