The Four Seasons at Swinfen Hall Hotel

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Three-rosettes, The Four Seasons champions first class produce from committed specialist suppliers backed by sustainable and humane farming methods. Great use is made of the abundance of vegetables, fruits and herbs grown in our own Victorian walled garden. Our estate reared venison is popular on our winter and spring menus. We also have a beautifully decorated oak-panelled dining room. Our Four Seasons Menu is available Tuesday Dinner to Saturday. On Sunday evenings, Mondays and Tuesday lunchtime, we offer our Swinfen Estate menu with more informal lighter choices . Refer to our website for details on our Gourmet Evenings and Special Offers. We have a smart casual dress code in our restaurant and would prefer no jeans or trainers.
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LG
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was a very nice dinner, in a very nice country house hotel.

Dinner was pricey,- £150 for two people, but was accompanied with prompt and good service, and a great ambiance, despite the small number of people dining.

Would definitely recommend.

DA
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service in lovely hall. Most impressed with the friendliness and expertise of the staff. Lovely grounds too - in which we took the opportunity to walk after the meal.

SB
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very surprising evening. Our normal go-to locally for top end food had let us down on last visit so decided to take a punt. Based on website pics, I worried atmosphere would be a bit stuffy and old fashioned. Pleasantly greeted by terrific staff, food more modern than expected and several great little twists. 7 course tasting menu worth every penny.

TW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was lovely the staff were very friendly, and all in all a very pleasurable dining experience.

BD
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way. Food first class and staff outstanding.

S
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab place to go, me and fiancé enjoyed every moment of it , so beautiful 😇

J
Staffordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, new tasting menu delicious. Looking to book again as soon as possible.

CT
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Swinfen Hall is secret gem of a place. Driving up the drive we felt like we were stepping back in time. Sunday lunch was absolutely delicious. We ate in a beautiful grand dining room with white table cloths and very attentive staff. My family enjoyed a sumptuous Sunday lunch.

D
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting friendly staff and great food what more can you ask for. Very professional. I look forward to going again

DT
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit yet again exceeded all expectations, the staff went above and beyond. Food was cooked to perfection. Thankyou for such a lovely relaxing afternoon.

LS
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal in an outstanding setting with service that was excellent throughout.
We were also very grateful that our special request was honoured. Thank you for a very memorable birthday lunch.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just simply amazing

SC
London
24 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This Four Seasons is deliberately high-end dining in an area where cheap eats typically prevail. In spite of this, the hotel is quaintly parochial, witnessed by the fascination with who was this customer who had booked from New York. It must have been a disappointment to find I was a local boy returned home, dining with his mother who had lived in the area for decades, but any let-down was not reflected in the warm, conversational and yet unintrusive service.

We had gin and tonics in the bar, with the opportunity to peruse the menu and wine list, before being shown to the dining room. It was surprisingly quiet for a Friday night, but perhaps that was down to the end-February date. The dining room was fairly plain and predictable, albeit well-spaced lending to privacy, which is due to it being a hotel location that is used regularly by guests. Anything flash soon becomes tedious on repeat visits over a stay. The hotel is full of twists and turns and little quirks, such as the hidden entrance to the bathroom, while there is a ballroom to accommodate large groups.

There is a new chef at the restaurant and he was certainly out to impress. The waiters knew every inch of the menu and described each of the multiple ingredients in fine detail. The menu is already changed, and so there is little point making a recommendation, although the pork starter was a solid piece of meat and a consequence slightly dry, despite the attendant apple sauce. On the other hand, the garden-based dishes were both light and delicious, while my mother declared herself delighted with the halibut. We drank a bottle of Nyetimber, and if you have yet to try this excellent English champagne, do treat yourself to a bottle.

Overall it was a most pleasant and superior dining experience to similarly-priced New York restaurants. For the location, however, it is very expensive and thus would need just a little bit more in terms of taste-experience to earn a five-star rating.

KH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered two Bloody Mary’s to start and unfortunately they were well below average for this establishment. Everything else was wonderful.

J
Staffordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Love the tasting menu. Broadens my tsdte budds each time.

DT
Staffordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Myself and a friend dined here 15.2.19 and we couldn't fault it.
The staff were so friendly and accommodating and nothing was too much trouble for them.
The food was outstanding.
We went a wonder around the beautiful building and its gardens and was so impressed by its History and beauty.
We would definitely visit again, it was so relaxing and not rushed, we had a wonderful afternoon. Thankyou all the staff at Swinfen Hall for making our dining out a wonderful experience.

MB
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic meal in The Four Seasons restaurant.......worth every penny.

The Four Seasons at Swinfen Hall Hotel
Responded on 14 January 2019

Hi MrsBBV Delighted you enjoyed your recent dinner with us back in December. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2019! Why not come along to one of our events or Gourmet evenings. We have a special evening planned on the 25th January for Burns Night - here's the link to our website - https://swinfenhallhotel.co.uk/event/burns-night-swinfen-style/ Kind Regards Stuart Kennedy Operations Manager

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NO
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table at Swinfen Hall for my wife’s 30th birthday and can say without any hesitation that it surpassed my expectations. The house itself is grand, majestic and immaculate. The staff are courteous and go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and welcomed - the lighting of the fire in the main sitting room was a particularly nice touch and greatly appreciated considering the The food was outstanding with a superlative tasting menu and excellent wine pairings with all courses. The selection of digestifs were fantastic. A meal to be experienced, savoured and repeated. My wife enjoyed it thoroughly and the in-laws (who had never visited Swinfen Hall before) were so impressed that they have already begun making plans to revisit in the near future.

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

49th wedding anniversary.

Great place, food and service excellent, but we picked a quiet day for lunch and unfortunately we were the only people in the restaurant.

MV
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Hardly any choice.
The starter and dessert was stone cold it was obvious they were pre made and come straight out of fridge
The house champagne was very good and the staff very professional and friendly

JR
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very relaxing lunch, could not fault anything the service and the food (which was full of flavour) were excellent. The only small negative was that the coffee lacked flavour and did not have a lot of taste.
The lounge and the gardens were very nice to sit in both before and after the meal.

For a Country House Hotel they have got the levels of food and service just right and shows that they are professional and this is what you are paying for when you go to a hotel like this. It is quite expensive, but when you have food and service like this it is worth paying for it.

DD
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal, efficient and friendly staff, nothing to too much trouble for any of the staff

M
Staffordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our 2nd visit and although the chef didn't bring the main course to us this time, as had sone previously the service was outstanding. By far THE BEST food and service.

KR
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for my partners 35th birthday and was really impressed. The staff are friendly and efficient. We were sat on the balcony when we first arrived with beautiful views of the garden, lake and fountain. It was very peaceful and romantic. We were then moved to the main restaurant for our main meal. Food was nice and I would recommend place this to anyone! Had a lovely time!

CP
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st visit, simply superb, fabulous historic grand surroundings. An impressive place to be, incredibly well kept and run as it is family restored and owned .Beautiful surroundings and interior. Staff are professional, considerate and friendly, perfect combination. A pleasurable and memorable afternoon. Wished lived closer , but a definite return nevertheless. Food was freshly prepared and excellent even though they also had a wedding on that day. First class , highly recommended .Very appropriate classical background music. A credit to all concerned thank you.

C
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely old building, great staff , lovely food, nice gardens

AD
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked via Open table for a romantic lunch. Amazing venue and the staff were superb. We were greeted by name at the door. The food was creative, mouth watering and we enjoyed every mouthful. The restaurants famous homemade bread was delicious. My white pork starter and chicken main both exceeded my expectations. Can't wait to go back there to celebrate our wedding in two months time.

DD
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Elegant historic building in good shape, set in well manicured gardens and very suitable for a special occasion. The food was very good and innovative with a well thought out blend of harmonious tastes. Although there was a wedding party nearby, their noise was not intrusive. Service was good most of the time until it came to paying the bill when they had disaapeared, presumably to serve the wedding group.

BC
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I simply love this place. This is my fifth visit to Swinfen Hall for various family meals and business meetings. There is something very special about the place - the food is always first class and the welcome and service exemplary
Yes it comes highly recommended!

D
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant didn't have much atmosphere. It was very quiet.

AJ
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Good, but not blown away quite as much by menu as previous visit last year. Would definitely go again.

J
Staffordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Will be returning soon for another fabulous evening.

M
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fabulous venue and staff we very professional. Could have almost been ruined by a rowdy group whom obviously weren't educated enough to act appropriately in their surroundings. Apart from them, the food was out of this world. Would definitely visit again and highly recommend.

k
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Went there for Easter Sunday lunch having been there before, couldn't believe how much this has gone down in in the quality of the menu and of the food. The choice was at best poor and food the same. such a shame as it used to be a lovely place to go for a meal but now not much better than pub grub but with fine dining prices.

C
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

We have enjoyed a number of great meals at this restaurant in the past. However, it seems to have lost its sparkle. This is an expensive place to eat, and to stay, and therefore one books for a special occasion and expects a magical evening. Our cutlery was never correctly matched to the courses, the food varied between really good for some courses and frankly disappointing for others, sometimes there was nearing thirty minutes between courses, sometimes the wine came ten minutes before the course it was meant to complement, sometimes after we had started eating (we ordered the nine course tasting menu). The previously tasteful crockery had been changed for mismatched heavy earthenware, some of which was inappropriately matched to the food so that it was difficult to eat, as well as being aesthetically quite unpleasing. The table arrangement also did us no favours as we ended up sideways on to each other so that it was difficult to talk properly, one of us facing another table and the other staring at the wall. The tables were crammed in more than previously and this was the result. This extended even to the breakfast, where we both ordered the cooked breakfast and had it served on totally different plates, the previously generous pots of tea reduced to trendy glass coffee pot style teapots which provided one decent cup of tea before another half stewed and unpleasant. The cooked breakfast itself was good though. All in all, it was often disappointing and not worth the very high price we paid for what was meant to be a treat for a special occasion.

c
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice staff and very good service. The only thing that could have been better was if the main course was hotter. They were only just warm enough. Other than that very good.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 5 course tasting menu with wine flight was superb. Lovely atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable somelier. ..altogether a great experience. ..as always at Swinfen Hall

m
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant in a beautiful hotel
food was just amazing - everything was so elegant and tasty. quite expensive but quality of food justifies the price. staff were great - they were very polite and professional yet friendly :-) very sophisticated and super posh but not modern posh - decor is very traditional and unique xxxx we loved it
if you ever go there,try Guiness Bread - you wouldnt believe the quality!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good-had 9 course table meal. Waiting staff seemed a tad inexperienced but enthusiastic-good night out

F
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was brilliant. Service excellent. We were there to celebrate my husbands birthday and felt totally relaxed and well looked after.

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