We arrived at Hallmark Cambridge, which is so easy to access, straight off the A14, for dinner. As a competition winner it had all been booked for us there was a little confusion with the waitress finding our booking when we arrived, but once everything was sorted, it went smoothly. Service was friendly, being newly refurbished there are minor teething issues.
We started with whitebait for me and chicken skewers for Patrick.
The whitebait was larger than usual, and I rather liked them fried not in batter with a lemony tartar sauce.
Although I’d say the chicken skewers and looked a bit boring the flavours are well balanced and the chicken is perfectly cooked.
For main I had the smoked haddock fishcakes, which were crispy filled with flaked fish and well seasoned mash, accompanied by caramelised lemon and panang curry mayo, sweet, spicy and creamy as well as scrummy fries. A great combination and something I’m going to try and recreate at home.
Patrick had the American style short rib, which was a touch small for a main, well cooked and fell off the bone, but could do with a bit more bbq sauce. Again the fries were delicious.
For dessert we shared a banana split, which always calls to me on a dessert menu, maybe it’s my inner big kid, maybe it’s that I build it up in my mind. But this was pretty good, banana, butterscotch ice-cream, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. The butterscotch ice-cream was divine, all their ice-cream is from the west country, where the hotels began, thick creamy and extremely moreish!
The food is good and should please even the fussiest of eaters, the price is a little high for what your getting, but then again, for a hotel it’s probably about right. Definitely would dine-in if I was staying at a Hallmark hotel.