With the recent victory of Europe in the Ryder Cup, golf is once again in the spotlight for most people and one of the best golfing resorts in the UK is Foxhills, which is only a short 20-minute drive from Heathrow. It has 2 Championship golf courses and the first par-3 golf course in Britain. There has been a renowned golf course on the site since 1975.
However, in recent years they've sought to expand their offerings so that it is seen as an all-encompassing resort destination. The sports enthusiast are extremely well-catered for here apart from golf, they have 11 tennis courts, 4 squash courts, 4 swimming pools and a state of the art gym and an award-winning health spa and even a sports injury clinic. The spa offering is particularly worthy of extra mention as they offer a raft of outstanding facilities including a spa garden offering one of England’s first natural swimming pools with chemical-free water purified by plants and minerals. There is also a hydro pool with massage jets, outdoor hot tub and Finnish saunas.
Most of their rooms have been recently renovated to a particularly high standard offering ‘home away from home' comforts like state-of-the-art, Pure speakers. Toiletries are from well-respected, The White Company and alongside that, you will find high-quality bathrobes and towels and the executive garden rooms also contain much-sought-after rain showers for the ultimate relaxation.
Foxhills is named after the famous politician, Charles Fox from the 18th century who lived on the estate in the 1780s. And as such, you would expect a distinctly esteemed reputation for their dining establishments with Charles being a connoisseur of fine food and wines. The historic oil paintings do help to set the scene as you enter the reception area of the hotel and moving onto the dining rooms.
Make sure you book ahead for a seat at the award-winning, The Manor restaurant which has been awarded two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence. Head chef, Luke Davis has created a menu brimming with seasonality. Top quality produce was very much in evidence as we savoured crab with radish, mouli, cucamelon and beluga caviar whilst my vegetarian guest enjoyed a sumptuously flavoursome wild garlic veloute with asparagus salad, Arlington white, and wild garlic flowers.
The main course was premium sirloin from a Surrey Farm nearby and was cooked to a beautiful pink colour. My health-conscious vegetarian guest enjoyed an appetising plate of quinoa, courgettes, Amalfi lemon, and purple potatoes. Desserts are a must-order part of the evening, as it really shows off the kitchen teams expertise in terms of plating. Every dish comes out like a modern masterpiece belonging to Tate Modern: an already delightful cheesecake is combined skilfully with coffee jelly, ginger foam, and dark chocolate and thyme. Whilst the organic lemon dessert looked like a creation Jackson Pollock would have been proud of.
Foxhills has been well-known as a sporting resort for numerous years, but they've really added to their spa facilities and culinary offerings to give an all-rounded appeal to those seeking a well-earned staycation. If you want a short break from the stresses of city life, then Foxhills must be high on your list of places to consider.
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