Mar 9, 2018
Hungry for a gourmet getaway? Mr & Mrs Smith, a boutique hotel accommodation booking service provider, shares some of the tastiest of travel options. From kitchens run by celebrity chefs in the English countryside to restaurants that serve up food from the Australian hinterland, there’s sure to be something to whet your appetite.
Lime Wood, Hampshire, UK
This Hampshire hideout is famed for its celebrity chef pop-ups, which have included Rick Stein and Tom Kerridge. Originally a medieval hunting lodge, Lime Wood has been given a stately makeover, with gourmet dining to match. Chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder combine their British and Italian heritage and expertise at Hartnett, Holder & Co (above). Meat is cured in Lime Wood’s onsite Smoke House and then dished up as a selection of sharing plates. For those planning to eat clean, Raw & Cured serves only raw food and freshly prepared juices in the hotel spa, which also boasts a mud house, sauna, steam house, indoor and outdoor pools, a sun deck and a herb garden. Even your four-legged friends are catered for, with a ribbon-wrapped Bonio for each pooch.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: You will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne.
Como the Treasury, Perth, Australia
A heritage heavyweight, Como the Treasury occupies Perth’s historic State Buildings. Expansive views are noteworthy, best seen from the hotel’s rooftop, home to the signature Wildflower restaurant (above). Here, chef Jed Gerrard takes you on a culinary tour of Western Australia, with smoked kangaroo, marron (crayfish) with saltbush and native lime, and Shark Bay saucer scallops with sesame cream, fennel and apple. The menu at Post – the second half of Como’s dining double act – is more casual, but still has a distinctly Australian spin. Elsewhere in the State Buildings, continue your culinary exploration with Thai street food at Long Chim.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: You can enjoy a honeycake from Honeycake bakery, plus early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability); book an hour-long massage for an extra 15 minutes on the house.
Hotel Emma, Texas, US
This Texan brewery-turned-boutique hotel in downtown San Antonio greets guests with a margarita on arrival. A fitting start to your gourmet experience, you can then move on to Supper, where self-taught chef and so-called ‘vegetable whisperer’ John Brandhas has devised a playful menu of blustered carrots with hazelnuts and miso dressing, and market seafood with artichoke-and-olive salad and golden-tomato sauce. For those with a sweet tooth, dessert options include a delicious butterscotch crémeux. The epicurean adventure continues upstairs with ice box minibars in each room, stocked with beers, local market treats and all the ingredients you need to concoct a La Babia Margarita. A culinary concierge is also on hand to organise special foodie experiences.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: You will receive an invitation to Sternewirth Bar & Club Room for a free beer tasting, or two.