A few of my regular readers may have read a post I did in November about a stay at a hotel called The Montcalm at The Brewery London City (Read post here)
I had such an amazing stay there, that I knew I would have to return at some point as it was simply wonderful.
Well, the opportunity came to return to the Hotel recently when I had arranged to go on a girly weekend with some of my vintage pals. Think cocktails, hats, picnics and more!
I had contacted the wonderful Alice who I met in November and told her I was planning to return to the hotel. She so very kindly arranged my booking, and I arranged my train tickets and started counting down the days.
The night before, I packed my case, and chose my travelling clothes. I put my hair in rollers to get a good curl to try and have a bit of a poodle hairdo for the next day.
I put my hair in rollers to get a good curl to try and have a bit of a poodle hairdo for the next day.
On Friday 24th March I got dresses in my white and red Evelyn dress by Pin Up Girl Clothing, hopped in a taxi to the train station with my little suitcase and waited for my train to arrive. I had a little time to kill, so popped into The R’ale House for a beverage before departure.
All too soon the train arrived and I found my first class seat, and settled in for the duration. A sparkling water and some shortbread later and I decided to treat myself to a glass of Prosecco.
Arriving at Kings Cross I got straight on the tube to Barbican which is where the Hotel is located.
The Montcalm at The Brewery London City is a recently renovated hotel with beautiful facilities. I couldn’t wait to arrive and see Alice and start my weekend off.
Walking up to the door, The uniformed Doorman welcomed me by name and said it was good to have me back again! I was a bit gobsmacked.
Entering into reception, I was given a huge smile and a “Welcome back Ms Brannan, it is so lovely to see you”.
Well, I felt like Royalty.
The receptionist started booking me in and said she would let Alice know I had arrived. A short few minutes later Alice came hurrying in and we had a big hug hello!
Chatting with Alice for a little while, she told me she had a lovely room ready for me, and breakfast in the morning if I wished it. I had bought a box of chocolates with me for Alice and said I would pop down later to see her.
I was introduced to the bellman, who took my luggage and escorted me to room 220. And what a room it was!
It was the most lovely room I have ever stayed in. A large Montcalm Club room, which had a huge bed, table and two armchairs, a separate desk and work chair, and a beautiful red wingback chair and footstool.
The bathroom featured an amazing monsoon shower, with a separate detachable shower head, all within a huge bathtub.
Hermes Eau D’Orange Vert toiletries stocked the bathroom, with body lotions, gels and hair products. Cotton pads, cotton buds and more were all available.
On the little table was a beautiful bottle of wine and a box of chocolates. And even more special, a card from the Guest Experience Team welcoming me back!
Of course I explored the whole room, whilst unpacking my suitcase. The room offered everything you need; a nespresso machine with a variety of pods, iron and board, hairdryer, robe and slippers. There was even a long handled clothes brush, just in case of a stray pet hair.
As before, the room came with a complimentary smart phone to use whilst dashing around the City, which I think is an amazing tool to have, as it saves my battery when using the tube route finder or Google maps!
Complimentary water and fruit come with the room, which is just another perfect addition.
I finished unpacking whilst watching a little TV on the large flatscreen, enjoying a cup of Earl Grey; well what more could a girl ask for?
I had plans that evening to go and have dinner and cocktails with some vintage loving friends, Leanda, Amelia and Rhina at the fabulous Fontaines. I took advantage of the facilities and had the longest shower ever with the gorgeous Hermes toiletries, before wrapping myself up in a huge bath sheet.
I was staying overnight a I was meeting up with a big group of ladies on Saturday to take a tour around Kew Gardens, led by Rhina who works in the Herbarium there, so I knew it shouldn’t be too late (or too boozy) a night out.
Little did I know my evening would start off with a different kind of adventure!
Leaving the Hotel at around 6pm, I was aiming to arrive in Dalston for around 7pm. I took three steps along the pavement and the next thing I knew I was lying face down with my handbag scattered around me!
Somehow I had managed to either mis-step or caught my heel and I hit the floor with a bang. Three other wonderful hotel guests saw what had happened and very kindly helped me up and collected the contents of my handbag for me. I honestly felt like crying, and I wasn’t sure if it was through embarrassment or pain.
I decided not to return to the hotel reception, as I know they would have been so lovely and I would have sobbed everywhere, and instead called an Uber to take me out instead.
I spent most of the evening in the Cocktail bar with a bag of ice on my leg, but I can honestly say it helped a lot. I returned back to the hotel around Midnight and went straight up to bed.
Of course I was still hyped up from my night so I watched a little TV, starfishing across the bed as it was so big.
Having one of the best nights sleep that I have had in a really long time, I was so sad to have to pack all my belongings up and check out. My stay was over all too quickly.
Sadly Alice wasn’t working on the Saturday so I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to her, however I made all my goodbyes with the staff and left her the box of chocolates I had bought her.
As I had a busy day planned, the Hotel were kind enough to store my suitcase until I needed it later that evening and I went off to Kew to meet up with all my chums.
However, later that evening I returned to the Hotel, along with my blogger babe Boo and Little Chick and we popped into the restaurant linked to the Hotel, The Jugged Hare.
Originally the barrelling room, The Jugged Hare is a delight to the eyes as well as the tastebuds with a huge collection of vintage taxidermy located all around the venue. The menu was certainly different, with rotisserie, fish of the day, and more.
I decided on the Tomapork braised belly with spelt and a roast apple jus (with a side order of mash) and Little Chick had the steamed Cornish mussels in white wine and garlic with chips. Boo went for the Longhorn double cheeseburger with bacon and chips.
All three were absolutely divine. The pork was melt in the mouth, and whilst I am not a fan of spelt (think crunchy underpopped popcorn) the mash potato was to die for.
Little Chicks mussels were so tasty and there was quite a lot of the gorgeous sauce left over, so we asked for some bread and butter to finish it all off with.
Out came a little Sourdough loaf with butter and radishes. Perfect for mopping up all the sauce.
It was an amazing meal and really finished off the stay at The Brewery perfectly.
It truly was an amazing stay at The Montcalm, and I am hoping that I can go back soon, as it really is a special place, filled with special people.
I can’t thank Alice enough for all she did to make my stay extremely special. I look forward to getting to say hello again soon.
Till next time,