First Night Hotel – The Loch & The Tyne, Old Windsor, Berkshire
Five-star food in a gorgeous countryside inn makes this the perfect post-wedding getaway
Conveniently located in the pretty village of Old Windsor, just 20 minutes from Heathrow, this characterful inn by celebrity chef Adam Handling is an ideal pit stop for foodies.
The lodge style building complete with two suites, fire pits, tartan throws (a nod to Handling’s Scottish heritage) and a large outdoor terrace is an ideal post wedding getaway for those wanting some seclusion and serenity after the festivities.
With just two rooms, you’ll feel well looked after, but be sure to book well in advance as demand is high. The Loch Suite features a free-standing bath in the living room, sofa, double bed, shower room, walls adorned with modern art and a pretty outdoor terrace with views of the restaurant’s eco-garden. Little touches like homemade bath salts, hot water bottles, ready-made Negroni and the most delicious chunky shortbread, baked daily in-house, will make your stay all so special.
A chance for you to sample Adam Handling’s culinary creations should not be overlooked. Handling has cooked for G7 leaders, he also runs the Michelin-starred Frog in Covent Garden and Ugly Butterfly in Cornwall.
The menu at The Loch & The Tyne includes refined British pub classics made with local produce and there’s a huge emphasis on sustainable practices – no food goes to waste here. A lot of the ingredients are picked from the onsite vegetable garden and orchid. Highlights from the a la carte menu include Handling’s famous warm sourdough with whipped chicken butter and a sprinkle of crunchy chicken ‘crackling’; decadent cheese doughnuts topped with lashings of parmesan and a pretty strawberry trifle scattered with edible petals on chantilly cream. There are also classic options like fish and chips and aged rib-eye, which come with a fine-dining edge.
Once you’ve indulged, hop on one of the Velosophy bikes, made using recycled Nespresso pods and explore the nearby countryside.