This Spring, luxury Hertfordshire hotel and spa, The Grove will launch a host of new restaurant spaces and dining concepts as part of their 20th-anniversary celebrations. As a standout staycation destination in the UK with a wide range of experiences and close proximity to London, The Grove is a unique dining destination, catering to every taste with its diverse dining options and bars.
Madhu’s at The Grove
Following a complete redesign, Madhu’s, the authentic Indian dining experience in the heart of The Grove’s mansion, has unveiled a new menu and elegant makeover. Inspired by Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi, Clique Design Studio has weaved The Grove’s fabric of royal heritage, large enclosures and nature into the new design of the restaurant.
Must-try dishes from the new menu include zesty chilli and garlic prawns, Madhu’s lamb shank braised in their signature mchuzi sauce, Madhu’s Makhani Dahl, Masala fish, Asparagus Choma cooked on the robata and refreshing Alphonso mango sorbet for those with a sweet tooth.
In partnership with StudioJill, The Stables Bar, Terrace and Courtyard have been redesigned to make the most of the outdoor space and enhance the dining experience. The Stables Bar has been extended, creating a private area for small groups when required, also allowing for 32 additional seats. The outdoor areas feature chic new furnishings, including high and low-level seating, parasols and manicured garden features, alongside a bespoke bar complete with a pergola in the courtyard.
The new menu under Head Chef Matthew Hurry will offer guests great British classics, redefined and featuring produce from The Grove’s Jemima’s Kitchen Garden as well as local suppliers who are committed to the regenerative agriculture movement as part of the hotel’s wider commitment to a more sustainable future. Highlights from the new menu are set to include lightly spiced hand-dived scallops with crispy pork belly and charred pineapple, a slow-cooked 41-day-aged beef cheek accompanied by heritage carrots and chimichurri sauce, and Devonshire rack of lamb with herbes de provence and minted jus. The desserts will bring an air of nostalgia to the menu, and The Grove’s take on a Knickerbocker Glory is not to be missed.
From April, hotel guests and non-residents can indulge their sweet tooth on a seasonally-inspired Afternoon Tea made with ingredients picked from their very own Jemima’s Kitchen Garden. Served in The Grove’s vibrant Lounges overlooking the Formal Gardens, guests can expect savoury delicacies such as Wild asparagus and Little Lilly cheese tartlet with mustard frills, alongside sweets such as Confit lemon and chamomile blossom chou, complete with a selection of uniquely blended teas or a glass of Champagne. Afternoon Tea is £53 per person (£65 per person with Champagne and £30 per child).
Feast on Cloud 9
This summer, guests are invited to The Grove’s latest immersive dining experience in partnership with Feast on Cloud 9. A range of enchanting, hand-crafted hot air balloons with vintage-style wicker dining baskets will be set by the beautiful water exhibit in the Formal Gardens. The balloons will be available each day for either afternoon tea or a nine-course gourmet tasting menu. Tables are available for Feast on Cloud 9 at The Grove from 9 June – 3 September 2023. Bookings must be for a minimum of four and maximum of six guests per balloon and the whole restaurant is also available for exclusive hire.
The culinary news from The Grove team follows shortly after the announcement of the complete renovation of the hotel’s 16th Century Mansion suites and rooms, which is set to be unveiled in late Spring 2023, alongside the renovations at Sequoia Spa and launch of Bamford at The Grove. This year also marks The Grove’s 20th Anniversary.