Grand by Name, Grand by Nature
Pulling into the valet parking area, already feeling out of my depth due to the sheer presence of the building before us, our luggage was taken and the car was parked as we made our way inside the reception hall. We had arrived at The Grand Hotel & Spa early for the Wedding Fair that was being held in the hotel so our room was not yet available but we were able to leave our belongings in storage whilst we attended the fair. Greeted at the top of the first floor with information about the businesses and brands present within each of the rooms, a goody bag filled with brochures and samples and a glass of prosecco, the first room packed a floral punch with decadent displays and arrangements by Dutch Nurseries and the Big Blossom Flower Company. Moving slowly around the room and stopping by to have a chat with Matthew Kitchen, a photographer with many years experience who offers more than just a service which his lovely range of personalised added extras following the big day. Shutishuti Patisserie in the corner specialising in big, beautiful and intricately embellished cakes and canapés. The next room host to Smooch Wedding Rings, Bobcat Card Art and Ambience Venue Styling along with sophisticated setups of the tables where guests would enjoy the wedding breakfast. Opulent golden glittering runners adorned them with candelabras and glassware galore forming a magnificent centrepiece.
I can see how the grandeur of this place would make The Grand York a perfect place to hold your wedding. The ceilings are high and the wall to wall windows lighten the room beautifully. A simple elegance with a luxurious impact upon entering through the large wooden doors. For me personally, I love this ceremony set up with the LOVE LED lights, a modern twist in a majestic manner.
Ben and I were treated to Afternoon Tea at 3’o’clock however, we had finished our rounds of the wedding fair in just over an hour and headed out to see what York had to offer. After a long walk along the wall, a quick stop photo-opp at the York Minster and a ramble down the Shambles, we found ourselves passing the time in the lounge, seated in sumptuous velvet chairs with a beer in Ben’s hand and a glass of Perrier Jouet Rose Brut in mine before we were shown to our table in the restaurant.
I’d opted for the Hendrick’s Afternoon Tea and Ben stayed true to traditional and stuck with coffee and within minutes, this delightful Hendrick’s branded teapot arrived at the table complete with matching tea cups with ice and cucumber for ultimate refreshment.
Not too long after, a large silver three-tiered stand was bought over bearing sublime sweet and savoury sorts for us to enjoy. The bottom tier showcasing the sandwiches and sausage rolls, the middle tier a selection of scones with clotted cream and the top tier full of fancy finger cakes and delectable delights.
· Yorkshire Fettle & Sunblush Tomato Tartlet
a melt in the mouth moment with two flavours that compliment each other beautifully.
· Apple & Fennel Sausage Roll
an incredible combination and the meat was so tender it crumbled with every bite and there was a zingy hit from the sweet apple.
· Oak Smoked Salmon Bagel with Chive Cream Cheese
the salmon was super fresh and accompanied the cream cheese perfectly.
· Beef Pastrami, Emmental Cheese & Dill Pickle on Rye Bread
a very british take on a very american style favourite and it was very delicious.
· Plain or Blueberry & Orange Scones with Clotted Cream & Jam
the blueberry and orange was our favourite, crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
· Kir Royale Cheesecake
a wonderfully tangy dessert with a chill to it, you can really taste the prosecco coming through with each mouthful.
· Date Sponge with Stem Ginger Frosting and Honeycomb
this had just the right amount of ginger to give it a kick but not too overpowering and the honeycomb toned it down tremendously.
· Choux au Coquelin with Dark Chocolate and Praline Cream
a highly indulgent little pastry with the most gorgeous tasting praline cream I have ever had.
· Toffee Apple Cupcake
a cute little cupcake with a hidden toffee apple centre, sweet and sour all at the same time.
· Selection of Tea & Coffee
a menu is available for you to select from.
Following afternoon tea, we were able to check in to our room, completely unaware of what to expect, Steven (who was super helpful, knowledgeable and friendly!) showed us to our room and told us all about the building and the current renovations that are happening to it. Did you know The Grand Hotel is now what used to be the HQ of North Eastern Rail and is in fact a listed building? The hotel itself has only been situated here for the past seven years having opening its big beautiful front doors on 7th May 2010 and due to its popularity, they are building an extension with another 100 rooms and a new restaurant area to accommodate the extra guests.
Arriving outside room 403, the door opened and we were able to take in the full effect of the luxor of our suite. With a large floor to ceiling wardrobe leading you into a large area to either get yourself ready or sit to work, veering around to the left, a separate lounge with a gorgeous velvet sofa laden with cushions, our huge bed for the evening to our right with a Nespresso coffee machine and a secret mini bar underneath the TV, a large bathroom with under floor heating, molten brown amenities, a glass shower and a beautiful bath just asking for all the bubbles. Steven offered us a glass of prosecco on the house; show me someone who would say no to that. When they arrived, I had to take a moment just to appreciate the sheer splendour and stateliness of The Grand.
Ben and I headed to The Spa in the evening to use the facilities and enjoyed a brief session in the gym (I’ve got a wedding dress to fit into y’know!) Into the almost mysterious low-lit haven, we took a dip in the Jacuzzi and cleared away the sins of afternoon tea in the steam room and sauna before heading back up to our suite for the best nights sleep I have had in a long while. The bed was so comfortable, I actually managed a lie in despite my strict body clock alerting me awake without alarm for the past however many years. I didn’t want to leave the confines of the almost cloud like duvet surrounding me but the waterfall shower was calling my name and sadly so was the checkout desk.
Our stay at The Grand Hotel & Spa was amazing to say the very least. There is nothing like enjoying a little bit of luxury from time and time and if you are thinking about treating yourself to a mini weekend break, this is the place. With its central location and expert advice from the concierge desk if you fancy a wander around York, every twist and turn of the building giving you a feeling of refinement, fantastic food and brilliant bubbles available at your disposal not forgetting to mention the 3 AA Rosette Restaurant, Hudson’s.
This place gives you a taste of the grand life which will linger in your memories for a lifetime.
A huge thank you not only to The Grand Hotel & Spa for an impeccable stay and for the outstanding service we were provided whilst we were there but also to Adhoc PR for inviting me along and arranging it all for me. I genuinely had to sit down and take it all in for a moment – such a ‘pinch me’ moment in my blogging career. This place was beyond fantastic and comes highly recommended if you are looking for luxury.
Featured Image & Spa Image – taken from The Grand York Website