We booked up for the Grand Central New Year ball with our friends and paid £155 per head for an upgraded superior room, champagne reception, dinner, ball, breakfast and later check out of noon. All in all not a bad price for a new year bash! I do enjoy a visit to the Grand Central Champagne bar as its location and surroundings make it a great place for a meeting place or a pre/post evening drink. Grand Central Hotel is a massive hotel and was completed refurbished a few years ago.
We arrived just after 5 pm and check in was completed in minutes and we were given a full itinerary for the evenings event so we knew exactly where and when to be. Nice touch.
Our superior room was quite interesting in its shape, I noticed on the fire escape plan our room appeared to be the only one with such a “strange” design. A long entrance corridor lead to the desk area off of which was the toilet and then a complete 180 degree turn around led to the separate bedroom. I’m not complaining it meant our room was nestled away from the busy city centre. Our friends room was the usual large square box though this was far better for a pre dinner drink as our room would have meant people round corners etc…
The Bed was large and comfortable enough with selection of pillows to suit. The bathroom was also large and clean.
There were a few marks on the walls from scuffs and bashes though these could have been made that morning or could have been about for a while and were not enough to get bothered about.
We made our way down to the champagne drinks reception which was very good and wasn’t limited to a glass per person, you could help yourself to as much or as little as you wished it would appear. Canapes were also doing the rounds though we didn’t have any out of choice.
The ballroom itself was excellent and really added to the occasion with large pillars, decent dance floor area and excellent space around the tables even though there must have been 200 attendees.
Even before food was served we all knew it wouldn’t be great, mass catering for 200+ never yields a wonderful dining experience. True to form this was the case. The starter was fish, fish and more fish (smoked haddock, smoked salmon and a cup of cullen skink to be exact) and all were a bit dry and combined with being served cold I didn’t eat much on this plate. Presentation was excellent though.
The intermediary course of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties looked like a dogs dinner but was actually excellent to taste with a hearty whiskey sauce and the right ratio of haggis to neeps and tatties.
Main course was beef and chicken stuffed with something. Again presentation was absolutely excellent though the actual food itself was dry after being under a hot plate or in an oven keeping warm for ages. The beef was a case in point, it was medium and looked perfect though in actual eating was dry and tough.
Pudding was strange mixture of items though was presented excellently. The mini ice cream cone of toffee ice cream was excellent. I’m not sure what the little flower thing was or where it belonged on this plate next to cherries. The chocolate sponge was fine and wasn’t dry. Nothing wrong with dessert it was just a bizarre mixture of items that individually worked but together didn’t really mix.
However this was our expectation beforehand so we weren’t disappointed with this, we were here for the ball and I’m glad to say the band and entertainment were absolutely excellent. The crowd was slightly older but the DJ and band mixed up with modern songs and old as well as a couple of céilidh dances thrown in. We all had a great time.
Breakfast was an excellent affair with a large buffet being constantly refreshed so that everything was fresh and of good quality.
We all had an excellent time at the Grand Central New Year ball, dinner wasn’t great but we expected that and everything else surpassed expectations.
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