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Review: Mosborough Hall Hotel, Sheffield

What was originally a 12th century manor house, Mosborough Hall Hotel offers a mix of tradition and modern features perfect for a night away.

We visited on a sunny bank holiday and arrived to see a bride and groom celebrating their wedding day. It was great to see weddings finally happening again after the past year of no celebrations.

Mosborough itself is a picturesque village located just 15 minutes away from Sheffield, Chesterfield and boasts a variety of parks great for taking a stroll in. The hotel is a great base for you to unwind ready for a day of exploring or spending time with family and friends.

As we were staying for the night, we checked in and headed to our room. The rooms have everything you need for a short-stay, and I was buzzing to see where was a bath as I am definitely a bath over shower person!

As the weather was glorious, we headed straight to the outdoor bar area for a cocktail, or two! The espresso martini went down a treat as we watched some of the wedding party gather outside in their private function area.

The grounds of the hotel were beautiful and extremely peaceful, the outside bar area was the perfect place to people-watch for a couple of hours before we were hungry and decided to head into Darcys.

Darcys Brasserie is the hotel’s restaurant offering a variety of local produce presented in stylish and unique dishes.

We had a chat with Alex Fretwell the Head Chef of Mosborough Hall who commented on the new menu: “Yorkshire is rich in exciting and high-quality ingredients, and I try wherever possible to include them in my dishes.  The new menu features many of my favourite recipes, and a collection of the region’s best produce – all cooked with genuine Yorkshire passion and presented in my own contemporary style.

“But food is only a part of the Darcy’s experience.  The welcoming atmosphere of this historic hotel really sets the tone for a relaxed dinner.  And for me, food accompanied by great wine is a winning combination.  So, we have taken time to match each course of the tasting menu with a dedicated wine flight, helping to create a complete experience for guests which I think will be popular.”

The menu had a choice of starters, mains and desserts which all seemed extremely fancy, and we couldn’t wait to get stuck in. There was also an option for a brand new seven course Tasting Menu providing a real treat for foodies looking to sample a range of dishes and is the perfect choice for any special occasion. You also have the option to enjoy the wine pairing to accompany the dishes which have been expertly paired by our wine sommelier.

We opted however for just the three-course option. For starters we had scallops and goat’s cheese. The scallops were pan fried on a bed of burnt cauliflower puree and topped with pomegranate seeds. The burnt cauliflower puree had a lovely smoky taste to it and the crunch and juice from the seeds were the perfect palette cleanser. The goat’s cheese was presented beautifully, a real piece of art on the plate. Again, it was delicious, and the flavours complemented each other very well.

For mains we went for a rump of lamb served with creamed potato, baby vegetables and a minted jus. The lamb was perfectly pink in the middle and melted in your mouth. The minted jus was rich in flavour and with the lamb and a brill combo! We also had the mallard duck breast with was served with dripping potato, carrots, kale and maple jus. Both dishes were presented beautifully, you could tell the chef took real pride in how his dishes were served and for a customer this makes it exciting as you look forward to your next dish coming and wonder what it will look like!

As there was a little wait in between courses, we demolished our main courses and was now looking forward to getting our hands on the dessert menu. I went for the Passionfruit Tart, which was served with a hazelnut crumble, blood orange sorbet and Chantilly cream. The pastry was a little undercooked for me, however the filling was delicious, and the sorbet was extremely refreshing. As my partner could not finish his dessert, I helped him by tucking into the Yorkshire cheese board. The great selection of cheeses, with all the usual accompaniments was a great end to a great dining experience.

After the meal, we headed back to the bar area where we had a few more drinks before going back to our room. All the staff at the hotel were very friendly and made sure everyone was happy.

The next morning, we ventured down for breakfast. Personally, breakfast is my favourite part of a hotel-stay but unfortunately due to Covid, only a cooked breakfast was on offer and table service only. It seemed that everyone staying at the hotel came down for breakfast at the same time, and with a staff shortage, it took a little longer than usual to receive tea and coffee and the breakfast, however, with it being the first weekend hotels were open, some teething problems were bound to happen. A huge thank you goes out to all hospitality staff who throughout this pandemic have been brilliant in serving us all as and when the industry has been open.

Wow, the breakfast was worth the wait! Each item on the plate was cooked beautifully, the bacon was crispy, the hash brown was fluffy, and the beans were piping hot!

After demolishing the breakfast, it was back to the room to pack up and head off back home. Overall, our stay was lovely, and it was so nice to be able to go away again for a mini-break. The hotel grounds blew us away and the staff were excellent.

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