Less than a 40-minute train journey from London, Brooklands, Surrey is the perfect location for a weekend getaway or even a mid-week treat. Surrounded by the renowned racecourse, which holds decades of history, the area is perfect for car aficionados but also for those looking to escape the city for a little bit of luxury.
There’s something for everyone in this tranquil corner of Surrey and Brooklands Hotel offers a getaway of luxury, peace and pampering with a range of modern rooms, a deeply indulgent spa and top-end restaurant. If you fancy yourself as the next Top Gear presenter (vacancy open) make believe for the weekend in this car lovers paradise by racing round in a top of the range Mercedes Benz and discover a world of motor and aviation history around the iconic racecourse. Having grown up just minutes from this area, I had enjoyed all it had to offer except for the hotel, having never needed an overnight stay, so I was excited to explore it in an afternoon of pampering and dining.
The hotel itself is modern, with clean lines and a slick feel. We were whisked up to the spa on the third floor for treatments and relaxation time. Collecting our robes and slippers, we abandoned our clothes for the afternoon as we settled in to the restful spa. The range of treatments on offer here is extensive with a range of luxury massages, facials, scrubs and body wraps on offer.
After a deep-tissue massage, with a therapist who knew how to iron out those knots, I left the treatment room feeling deeply relaxed and sufficiently worked over, ready to retire to the meditation room, which was a heavenly experience. Three gently heated waterbeds sat in this low-lit room, each one cloaked in crisp white linen, soft blankets and plump pillows. The light settings and music are adjustable and as I was alone in the room, I settled for dim lighting and a light classical soundtrack. I practice a daily meditation and this was the perfect spot in which to carry this out, but even if you don’t meditate, the room is a sanctuary of relaxation. Turn off your phone, take in a magazine and forget about the world outside. I couldn’t quite face the crisp March air for a dip in their outdoor hot tub, but overlooking the Mercedes Benz racetrack, it looked like a great spot to be a spectator whilst enjoying a steaming dip.
Dinner was served at 1907 restaurant, named after the year Brooklands racecourse first opened. The food was faultless and exceeded all expectations. After an afternoon getting pampered, we had worked up quite an appetite so we opted for two starter pasta dishes, the first being the mushroom and truffle tagliatelle; al dente ribbons of pasta sat in a light and creamy truffle sauce with earthy musrooms and wilted greens. We also shared the gnocci in basil cream sauce with roasted vegetables which again was delicious. For the mains we ordered the pork shoulder served with sweetcorn dumplings and baby leeks – they took the popular pulled pork trend of the moment and refined it, making this classic dish, high-end. My partner had the seabass dish served with mash and tender stem broccoli, it was a delicate light piece of fish, that fell apart at the fork.
We couldn’t resist dessert, so we opted for the cinnamon cake with mulled poached pears and the apple and almond tart with ice-cream. I always judge a kitchen on their desserts and this is a chef that knows what he’s doing. Desserts should never be an afterthought but a standout selection of tempting treats that make you opt for that pudding even when you know you shouldn’t, which is exactly what we did.
For locals of the area, the restaurant should be on your regular roster of dining out locations and for those further afield, don’t visit Brooklands without indulging in a meal here.
It’s a great getaway for couples. Those who love cars can explore the outdoors, frolicking around the racecourse and working up an appetite for dinner whilst those who only see vehicles as a means to get from A to B can enjoy everything the hotel has to offer, whether it’s an all day pampering session or a delicious lunch in 1907.
We came out of Brooklands Hotel walking on air. Truly relaxed, revived and well-fed, I’ll certainly be returning again for dinner and treatments and a peaceful session in their gorgeous meditation room.