When you're thinking of what to have or where to go for Sunday lunch, a hotel isn't generally at the top of the list. However Birmingham's Hotel La Tour might just make you reconsider.
As soon as you walk in Hotel La Tour's, you'll notice that the interior mirrors it's chic exterior; revolving doors allow you to enter in style, dramatically stylish black lampshades encase the ceiling lights, and the sleek, vast, dark wood lobby (which gives room to larger dining groups) is a welcome change from the usual over-crowded, over-booked inner-city hotels.
The stairs you ascend to the restaurant have a stunning light feature which is an amalgam of extra large navy, silver and pearl bauble-like lights that are dramatic and impressive. As you climb the stairs, the heat envelopes you as you make your way towards this plushy-floored, velvet-chaired walk to the restaurant. To the left of the restaurant is a large black, patent piano, where their in house artist sings for your pleasure while you dine. Oh the luxury.
Now Sunday lunch isn't your typical meat and two veg at Hotel La Tour - it's a three course menu that is of five star quality.
Here's what we had:
Starter: Beetroot tart with goats cheese and rocket salad Classically delicious flavours that complimented each other well. It was just enough to whet the appetite.
Treacle cured salmon. Incredibly fresh citrus flavours with a small cabbage salad. Not what you'd expect of a Sunday lunch, but very good.
It came with a large Yorkshire pudding, potatoes, carrots and parsnips served with a tasty, rich gravy. I could have easily drank the gravy and been satisfied.
Pork cutlets with fondant potato and apple sauce.
Pork Cutlets and Mangetout
It was definitely appealing in terms of presentation, but because I am not a fan of crackling I put the curled, crunchy fragments aside.
I opted for the chocolate tart with vanilla cream. In all honesty it was fine, but overall unimpressive. My date's dessert however was crème brulee. Oh my God this was delicious. With a vanilla bean middle, delicate shortbread rounds, and three raspberries, it was the perfect amount for a Sunday afternoon.
If you want something that beats your usual Sunday lunch, Hotel La Tour is a must. It's not as pricey as you might think either. For three courses it's £24.00, £18.00 for two. Add in drinks and you won't spend more than £25-40 between two depending on your appetite.
So dress up a bit more of a Sunday and pop those cufflinks and earrings on, because La Tour is a rather swish affair.