Situated less than 20 miles outside the hustle and bustle of London, The Grove hotel and resort describes itself as ‘London’s Country Estate’. An apt description, the hotel sprawls across 300 acres of Hertfordshire countryside and features all the amenities one would expect: award-winning spa, championship golf course, tennis courts, croquet lawn, stunning function rooms, and of course a variety of fine dining options.
Colette’s restaurant is at the heart of this offering, located within the 18th century main building that was formerly home to the Earls of Clarendon. Split over two elegant rooms, Colette’s epitomises fine dining with a dinner-only offering in an intimate setting for forty-five diners. Simple furnishings, white linen table cloths and muted colours are contrasted with bespoke elements and flashes of yellow and blue to create a classic yet contemporary feel, while mirrored panels and high ceilings add a light and airy feel.
Utilising its countryside location, Colette’s makes the most of the abundant acreage of the resort by sourcing a lot of its fresh produce from its own gardens. A close relationship between head chef Russell Bateman and the head gardener has developed over the past few years, meaning that they work harmoniously to ensure the produce grown is of the high quality required by the restaurant. It is used in many of the dishes on the refined menus, meaning there is always a strong seasonal focus on the food served.
If the dining menus are refined, with poetically named tasting menus such as the three course ‘Haiku’ option, then the wine lists are expansive. Expertly curated to feature mainly small to medium producers with a focus on family-run businesses, this has been a consistent highlight of the AA Notable Wine List and has won wide acclaim for its mix of both variety and exclusivity.