Mallory Court Hotel and Spa, Warwickshire

Mallory Court Hotel and Spa, nestled in the picturesque Warwickshire countryside, is just a stone’s throw from historic Leamington Spa, a town known for the medicinal qualities of its water in the 18th Century. It’s fitting therefore that there is now a new place for locals and travellers alike to come for rest and recuperation. I was lucky to visit the Elan Spa at Mallory Court, just after it had opened in April, which is a new building set in the grounds of the Hotel opened in 1995 by tech entrepeneur Sir Peter Rigby’s ‘Eden Hotel Collection’.

The new building is architecturally impressive with attractive coloured render, and 12 luxury Spa bedrooms with their own reception, making it completely self sufficient from the more traditional main hotel building. The facilities are of the highest standard, with a small but perfectly formed steam room and sauna, all beautifully tiled, and an outdoor Jacuzzi and sauna with piped music. I breakfasted in the spa café room, which is light and airy, and enjoyed a buffet style Continental offering as well as something cooked from the menu. It has a fresh, relaxed feel, and looks onto the swimming pool area through glass windows, so ideal for when you want to grab a fruit smoothie from your poolside sun lounger. I have absolutely no doubt that this addition to the hotel will prove extremely popular, especially with groups of women. My ESPA facial that included a back, neck, and shoulder massage was a real treat, and deeply relaxing. I really did leave feeling like a new man.

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I was keen to experience the main hotel, and so I walked through the pretty gardens as the sun was setting, past the water fountain surrounded by flowers in bloom, and through the main entrance into the delightful, wood panelled drawing room and dining area. After a Negroni, I sat down to dine in the Elizabethan style dining room, with it’s delightful view of the gardens. Highlights included the meaty chicken terrine with melt in the mouth crispy chicken skin, a sensational Pork belly in red wine sauce with creamy mash, and the Stone Bass with chicken wing and an interesting smokey cabbage. I have to give a special mention to the bread rolls, that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I left. Quite simply the warmest, crustiest, tastiest bread rolls I have ever tasted. I have no idea how they baked them, but I had at least two, and they were extraordinary. A couple of sea salt fudge petit fours later, and I felt a warm glow of satisfaction. What a lovely day.

There’s no ‘faded glory’ here. This is a top level hotel, firing on all cylinders. To book your stay at Mallory Court, call 01926 330214 or visit http://www.mallory.co.uk.

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