We recently had dinner at Hacklewood and were a little apprehensive as we had previously had a bad experience with dinner there. But this was quite a few years ago and probably a few chefs ago too.
Our evening was an experience and not just dinner out. It all starts from the minute you drive in the gate and are greeted by the very friendly manager on duty. We were made to feel very welcome and this really helped us to just relax and enjoy ourselves.
The wine list is quite extensive, but we chose a lovely red that arrived quickly and was enjoyed even more with the addition of some tasty table snacks. They didn't lasty long and with our tummies still growling we were shown to our table.
The atmosphere inside is very calm and because the hotel is tucked away in a park like garden it is also very quiet. With our wine topped up, our starters arrived. They were delicious and we could have had more... I had the trio of salmon which was just a perfect salute to this lovely fish. My husband had the vegetable salad which was very nice, was served ice cold. This was a dissappointment as he would have liked the vegetables slightly warm or room temperature.
The main course was served after a little sorbet which cleaned the palet. Our main course duly arrived and it was once again just perfect! I had the monk fish and the chef had really done a fabulous job adding flavour to this meaty fish. My hubby had the beef and it must have been good because he was quiet for most of his meal.
We didn't think that after all that delicious food we would have space for dessert, but we couldn't turn down the dark chocolate tart. This had the right combination of sweet and bitter and there was nothing left afterwards.
Our evening at Hacklewood was really so good and we are looking forward to our next visit. As a testament to how much we enjoyed ourselves, we bought our parents a voucher for dinner there too. The service and food is just too good not to be shared!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1898, and nestled in a lush English garden setting in the leafy suburb of Walmer, Hacklewood Hill is one of the few remaining Victorian Manor Houses in the city, and as such retains much of the elegance and grace it would have boasted when its first inhabitants – a young doctor and his family – once lived here. Guests are greeted with intricately stained glass doors, gleaming wooden floors and the gentle sheen of wooden banisters lovingly buffed and polished for more than a century. Wandering around the house’s two reception rooms, your eye naturally gravitates from one fascinating period piece to another. A black and white checkerboard tiled veranda overlooks a sparkling swimming pool, perfect for leisurely dips on hot summer days – while the well-established garden beckons for a quiet stroll or perhaps even a civilised game of croquet on the lawn. The more energetic can opt for a gentlemanly game of tennis or just choose a secluded spot in the garden to enjoy the abundant birdlife which calls the grounds of Hacklewood home. The manor house’s eight luxury en suite rooms which are equally as enticing, especially as each so perfectly captures the essence of the Victorian Age. Each is individually decorated in palettes ranging from pastel blues and rose bedecked pinks to more masculine browns and reds. As a result, each room has its own unique character and returning guests will enjoy experiencing them all, and will, no doubt, be loath to pick a favourite at the end. In order to truly experience Hacklewood Hill at the height of its stately Victorian glory, guests need to make a point of opting for at least one dinner at the house’s five star restaurant. The dining room’s magnificent chandelier lights, to full perfection the cut glass, crystal goblets, starched linen and full silver service on the tables below, while superbly trained waiters serve a splendid array of cordon bleu dishes that emanate from the kitchen. Little wonder that the restaurant has garnered itself a slew of fine dining awards and has become a firm favourite on the Port Elizabeth dining scene – not only for its exquisite dinners, but also full English breakfasts, High Tea's and light lunches. For a thoroughly enjoyable trip back to a time when days were long and unhurried, furnishings were beautiful and handmade, and every meal was an occasion to use only the best china and silverware, guests need look no further than Hacklewood Hill Country House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacklewood Hill Country House Hotel Port Elizabeth
- Hacklewood Hill Country Hotel