Review- The Bailey’s Hotel marks its 140th anniversary with an amazing anniversary package – South Kensington, London
The Bailey’s Hotel in South Kensington is celebrating its 140th anniversary following a huge refurbishment. As one of London’s oldest, townhouse hotels the refurb has been sympathetic to the original Victorian period features whilst giving it a fresh, contemporary feel. The Bailey’s Hotel is home to the world’s first ‘ascending room’ or lift to you and me and this stunning boutique hotel boasts 212 luxury guest rooms, 13 suites and Olives Restaurant and Bar. Situated opposite Gloucester Rd tube station The Bailey’s Hotel is well placed to navigate your way around with Harrods, The Victoria and Albert Museum and Kensington Palace grounds all within walking distance. To celebrate the extensive refurbishment The Bailey’s Hotel is offering an amazing anniversary package the details of which you can find at the bottom of this article.
Olives Restaurant and Bar
Olives Restaurant and Bar prides itself on serving up delicious Italian dishes under the guidance of head chef Davide di Croce from northern Italy. Accented with hues of gold and creams the dining room of Olives also benefits from lots of natural light flooding in from the huge Victorian windows. I was here to sample a set menu that was made up of specially selected dishes to highlight the diverse range of the main menu.
Our first dish was home-made cured salmon with fennel, radish & pea salad with a citrus glaze. Having recently converted to smoked salmon this was a delight. Generously cut salmon with the freshness of the pea shoots and lemon perfectly complementing the salmon without taking away from the star of the show. The second starter was red pepper and courgette doughnuts with Mediterranean aioli served on individual spoons. A delicious option although just that little too big to eat elegantly in one mouthful – cue much hiding behind hand whilst eating. The matched wine was Nuragus di Cagliari Pedraia Santadi from Sardinia, a nice, light start to the evening.
Home-made ricotta and saffron gnocchi with spiced duck ragout was our first main course. Gnocchi can be a notoriously tricky dish to get right. It is all too easy to turn into a heavy, stodgy dish but these were superbly executed, light and fluffy pillows of potato. Topped with freshly grated parmesan, the ragout was rich in flavour,well balanced and not spiced as you might think it would be. I finished the whole plate, a first for me and gnocchi. Matched wine? Pinot nero Colterenzio 2014, fresh red fruits with a hint of caramel. Not as heavy as a traditional Italian wine so a good balance to the rich ragout.
Next was the pan-roasted sea bass with potato, artichokes and pancetta casserole drizzled with salsa verde. This is great for anyone who wants a lighter dish. Sea bass has grown in popularity on restaurant menus and with good reason. A simple plate that accentuates the succulent fish and although I would use the term ‘casserole’ loosely, the pancetta and artichokes were a delicious accompaniment.
With two starters and two mains under my belt, it was with a loosening of said belt that we moved on to dessert. Thankfully these were to be samples of the full size offerings. A very respectable Tiramisu with pistachio cream and Marsala soaked biscuits was my favourite of the two. Alongside was poached peaches with milk custard and a chocolate crumble, a lighter flavoured dessert it was popular with my fellow diners. Dessert wines can be of a hit or miss affair if you don’t like sweet wines but the Moscato d’Asti Moncucco complemented nicely.
We finished off our night in true Italian style with a grappa tasting. There is a great selection to choose from and if you would like to try one of these palate cleansers my recommendation is the Luigi Francoli Grappa Reserva Del Piemonte 5, aged in oak for 5 years it is rich in typical grappa flavour.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post The Bailey’s Hotel is offering guests a special anniversary package to celebrate 140 years in South Kensington. The package includes a two-night stay in one of the elegantly designed rooms, complimentary breakfast, a complimentary lunch for two from the 140th Anniversary menu, a limited edition Anniversary gift bag, a bottle of Prosecco in-room on arrival and free WiFi for the entirety of your stay for £187.50 per night based on two people sharing. To take advantage of this deal contact the hotel quoting ‘The Anniversary Package’ which is available to book now from 26th September to 26th November 2016.
The Bailey’s Hotel
140 Gloucester Rd, London
+44 (0207) 373 6000