A Quintessentially English Afternoon, with a Touch of Japanese Cuisine

Wow isn't this weather just glorious. I know it makes it a little hard to sleep and I must have changed my clothes 4 times already today and it's only 2pm. However I love the sunshine and the heat it brings with it.

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Last weekend I should have been sunning myself in Ibiza before heading off to Portugal this weekend, but due to covid that wasn't meant to be. So we opted for a staycation instead and as I said on my instagram, there really isn't anywhere better to explore than the UK when the sun is shining.

So we made the most of our long weekend and booked a fabulous lunch at Beaverbrook last Friday. A lovely hotel just off junction 9 of the M25. I booked us into the Japanese grill, the food was fabulous and the views and gardens are stunning.

I absolutely love the interiors at Beaverbrook, they are so quintessentially English in parts with a touch of flamboyance in others. It is a late Victorian mansion built for Abraham Dixon, then taken over 13 years later by Lord Beaverbrook. Lord Beaverbrook owned the Daily Express and Sunday Express and was close friends with Winston Churchill. If you check out my highlights on Instagram I do a tour of the ladies, where you will hear speeches from Winston Churchill playing in the background, which is fun.

The views from the back of the house are wonderful and look right across the Surrey Hills. On a day where the sun is shining there is no better place to enjoy a cold beverage or two on the terrace. Which of course we did, before heading off to the side terrace for lunch.

The interiors are beautiful with florals as far as the eye can see. Bold prints and wondrous art adorn the walls. In Sir Franks Bar, the walls are covered with 250 pieces of lovely botanical art of rare plants and flowers from the Victorian artist, Marianne North, also known as ‘The Flower Huntress’ from her travel's all over the world. Mixed with the bold colours introduced into the bar by the soft furnishings, it makes a really intriguing visual display.

When we visited the hotel previously for lunch we were lucky enough to get a tour of the spa, which should not be missed. The interiors designed by Brain Clarke are so soothing and relaxing with its wonderful stained glass sky light that was mouth-blown. The reflection on the walls you see when the sun hits the glass is breathtaking and constantly creating a new piece of art. You will also discover Brian's hand rails, wall art and much more while you are there; it is definitely not to be missed. I am now obsessed with his work and want to change the four back windows in our pool. I would love to see the way the light would change in that space if we incorporated his work into that area of our home.

Lunch was fabulous. We opted for the chef's choice of Classic Omakase Sashimi and the Classic Omakase Nigiri to start, followed by Popcorn Shrimp, Kagoshima Wagyu Sirloin Steak and Beaverbrook Black Cod with steamed rice. Washed down with a glass of champagne.

After lunch we had a walk round the gardens and then headed home for more cocktails in the sun.

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