Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Raddison Blue, Harvester, Griffaes, My stay at Heathrow

Followers of my Twitter and Facebook page would be aware that I have recently returned from my annual holiday to the Caribbean. I have enjoyed sharing  photos of beautiful pictures of the beaches sunsets, food and pictures on the cruise liner, MSC Divina. When I go on holiday there is a lot of preparation that needs to be completed and as I was flying from Heathrow instead of an airport in the Midlands, for me the extra distance required better planning. Usually, I just drive to the airport on the day of the flight but as Heathrow is 2 hours away from my home and the M40 and M25 can be notorious for traffic, I decided to stay in a hotel the night before. I found there were a lot of choice with hotels but I was specifically looking for a package which included airport parking alongside hotel and free transfers to the hotel. 
I found a handy website APH where I could view the different hotel packages which was incredibly handy.There was so much choice for hotels, but I decided on Raddison Blu Edwardian partly, because I had heard of the Raddison brand before but the package was very reasonable at only £130 for one night stay including car parking for 2 weeks and free transfers. Driving up to the hotel I was impressed by the bold "Raddison Blu". I didn't realise how huge the hotel was and how grand the reception area was until I arrived. Clad in chandeliers and a sweeping staircase, the reception area was breathtaking. The reception staff were exceptionally helpful and incredibly polite and much to my delight, although I booked a standard bedroom,  I was upgraded to a Deluxe King size bedroom. This gave me a larger bed, seating area and bathrobes alongside the standard mini bar, iron and trouser press, tea and coffee making faciiaties and complimentary wi-fi. For those who do not fancy leaving the hotel before their flight to the exotic, the hotel boasts 3 restaurants Annayu (Indian cuisine), Trunk bar and restaurant and Bijou restaurant.

Here are some of the few snaps I took whilst at the hotel.

I liked the personal touch that was offered at the hotel, such a special greeting when I turned on the television.

The beautiful decorations throughout the hotel and the spacious room was also an added touch which is a far superior 4 star hotel.



For dinner, I opted for good ol British family restaurant. Not that there was anything wrong with the restaurant, I would hope to visit, next time I stay in the restaurant. The Harvester is a well established chain of restaurants which is renowned for their flame grill meat dishes. Harvester Ashford was only 3 miles from the hotel and was on route to a supermarket where I could buy my supplies of squeezy squash. I chose the £9.99 deal which includes: unlimited salad, a selected main, unlimited soft drink and a sundae best! Such an unbelievable bargain, I started with the famous salad bowl and piled the bowl high with my favourite items: pasta, potato salad, carrots, beetroot, peppers, sultanas and topped with honey and mustard dressing. I also ordered the piri piri chicken with fries and corn on the cob. I was surprised that this was a new item on the menu, as piri piri has been around some time. The piri piri was delicious, the piri piri sauce was served on the side which was perfect for me drenching the sauce on. My amigo chose the chicken and ribs  combo (£8.59) which was reported to be seasoned well, the meat succulent and the portion size adequate. The ice-cream sundae was the perfect sweet dessert after the salads and piri piri chicken. I did not fancy a pudding which was particular heavy and the toffee sundae was refreshing, creamy and smooth. 
Salad bowl
Piri Piri chicken
                                                   Chicken and ribs


My meal at the harvester

The day of me flying out to Miami I was on the prowl for a restaurant that sells breakfast. If I ate at the hotel, it would be too early and not knowing when I will be served food on my flight with British Airways, I decided to scour Terminal 5 for restaurants. I found a lovely restaurant, Giraffes. Initially, I thought Giraffes were the same chain of Brazillian restaurants, which I enjoyed in Rio, however found this to be a completely different Giraffes. I chose the BLT sandwich (£6.75), mainly because it only contained 400 calories, but this good work was ruined as I added some delicious crispy potato wedges (£1.75), to help me keep my strength. My amigo chose the Breakfast Plate (£9.95) which is essentially a Full English. A side order of toast (£2.25) was ordered but not necessary as the breakfast plate was incredibly filling. For drinks, large capuchino (£2.60) and tea (£2.00) were ordered which went down a treat. All in all, this was a wonderful restaurant to visit before a long haul flights. The staff were friendly and they aimed to get each order on your table within 15 minutes. 



BLT sandwich

Breakfast plate.

Disclaimer: I thought I would share my recent stay at Heathrow. I was not paid to do this post, all opinions as always are my own.


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