Laura Bartlett unveils the splendour and allure of Grantley Hall, painting a vivid canvas that captures the essence of this gem nestled in the heart of Yorkshire...
As a seasoned traveler who has explored the far corners of the world, I’ve come to appreciate the unique and the extraordinary. Nestled in the serene landscapes of Yorkshire, Grantley Hall stands as a beacon of luxury and tranquility that I’ve had the pleasure of calling my second home.
Living just a stone’s throw away in Leeds, I find myself drawn to Grantley Hall every week, not just for its world-class facilities but for the memories it holds. It’s more than just a hotel; it’s a sanctuary of solace and joy.
In fact, it was the place where my family and I shared our last meal together before bidding farewell to my incredible dad unexpectedly when he passed away in 2021. Grantley Hall, with its understated elegance and warm embrace, now holds a special place in my heart.
Dining Extravaganza: Shaun Rankin Tasting Menu
My recent sojourn at Grantley Hall was a culinary escapade, a desire to immerse myself in the gastronomic delights of Shaun Rankin’s acclaimed tasting menu. What elevated this experience to unparalleled heights was the thoughtful inclusion of an alcohol-free pairing, a delightful touch that exemplifies Grantley Hall’s dedication to accommodating diverse preferences.
As I embarked on this gastronomic adventure, having embraced a sober journey for the past 14 months, the fine dining experience unfolded with the same glamour, accompanied by a sophisticated 0% wine pairing. From Breakfast Tea with Honey and Lemon to Malted Milk Punch, each pairing was a testament to the meticulous consideration given to every detail.
It was a testament to Grantley Hall’s commitment to ensuring that every guest, irrespective of their choices, feels not just catered to but celebrated.
The staff at Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall contributed to an atmosphere devoid of pretentiousness. Despite the exclusive surroundings, there was an undeniable down-to-earth warmth and hospitality that permeated the dining experience. The staff’s genuine passion for their craft and their ability to make every guest feel at ease elevated the entire experience, making it not just a meal but a memory to cherish.
Originally hailing from Yorkshire, Shaun Rankin’s culinary journey is a narrative woven with Michelin stars and culinary accolades. From his early days at The Mayfair Hotel in London to the Channel Islands, where his love for the sea shaped his culinary artistry, Shaun has left an indelible mark on the gastronomic world.
The menu at Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall is a symphony of flavours, a dance of culinary expertise that reflects his journey and mastery, every dish emerges as a star in its own right.
The Snacks, from the indulgent Beef Tea Truffle Cruffin to the vibrant BBQ Scallop with Sea Buckthorn, set the stage for an extraordinary culinary journey. If I could have had this dish on repeat, trust me, I would have.
The artistry continues with the main courses, where the Cod with Pike Roe, Cabbage, Dill, and Lemon Verbena intertwines flavours seamlessly. The Venison, adorned with Blackcurrant and Celeriac, adds a rich and savoury note, while the Pumpkin Magnum presents a delightful surprise.
Culminating the experience are the irresistible desserts, including the Blackberry Souffle, Fig Leaf Stonebeck with Quince, and the exquisite Oat Cake – each a masterpiece, making it an arduous task to pick a standout dish. In this culinary haven, every bite is an adventure, and every dish leaves an indelible mark on the palate.
The Gym: A Fitness Haven
Having been a dedicated member for the past three months, I’ve come to appreciate the true essence of a fitness haven. Even when indulging in a night’s stay at this grand establishment, the commitment to maintaining my fitness routine remained unwavering.
With the gym nestled within the very heart of the building, there was simply no excuse not to make the most of the state-of-the-art facilities in the morning, I had to burn off those calories somehow!
Grantley Hall’s ELITE gym, with its well-equipped spaces and attentive personal trainers, became an integral part of my holistic experience, ensuring that the balance between indulgence and wellbeing was impeccably maintained. It’s this holistic approach that sets Grantley Hall apart, offering a comprehensive retreat where every aspect of health and luxury converges seamlessly.
Location and Grandeur: A Perfect 10/10
Grantley Hall’s location is nothing short of idyllic, earning a perfect 10/10. Situated on 30 acres of wooded parkland, it strikes a flawless balance between accessibility and seclusion. The eastern fringes of the Yorkshire Dales surround the hall, offering picturesque walks and charming villages.
The renovation work that transformed this 17th-century Palladian-style hall into a PoB Hotels partner is evident in every detail. From the marble-clad swimming pool to the lush reception rooms, the blend of classic stately home features and modern grandeur is theatrically perfect, earning Grantley Hall a resounding 10/10 for its impeccable location and grandeur.
A Culinary Odyssey: The dining options
Grantley Hall indulges its guests in a symphony of culinary delights, presenting a plethora of dining options across its five distinctive restaurants. While we’ve delved into the culinary masterpiece orchestrated by Shaun Rankin at the Michelin-starred flagship, there’s a wealth of other options catering to diverse tastes.
Fletchers Restaurant, Norton Bar & Courtyard, EightyEight, and the Spa Lounge each offer a unique culinary experience, ranging from traditional to contemporary dishes. The gastronomic adventure at Grantley Hall is designed to cater to every palate, ensuring that each dining encounter is a celebration of flavours and innovation.
Grantley Hall isn’t just a hotel; it’s an experience that transcends the ordinary. From its world-class gym and exquisite dining options to its poignant significance in my personal journey, Grantley Hall has etched itself as a place of solace, joy, and unrivalled luxury in the heart of Yorkshire.
It’s not just a stay; it’s a sojourn into the extraordinary.