Recently myself and my Mum stayed at the All Saints Hotel for a mini spa break – and I must admit, the food and location took us by surprise. If you’re in the area, regardless of your interest in golf, you must visit for the food and tranquil atmosphere here.
All Saint’s Hotel is in a peaceful spot surrounded by a beautiful 18-hole golf course, a rather delightful lake and ancient woodland. Even if you’re not interested in golf, I’d challenge anyone not to fall in love with the location, spa and the food here.
The hotel opened the spa under a year ago and it has a swimming pool, gym, sauna and hot tub, and a really great range of fairly priced beauty treatments. The staff here were all very welcoming and helpful and our room was spacious and impeccably clean. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities and a work desk. Some rooms have golf course views, like ours did, and all have a TV and WiFi.
Lounging and Bar Areas
The hotel’s summer terrace was a lovely spot for our afternoon until the rain started and at that point we bundled into the lounge area. We fancied something sweet so we ordered a pot of tea and one of the puddings from the menu, while we read the papers. Soon arrived the Banana Tea Loaf with Homemade Toffee Ice Cream and Caramelised Banana.
It was the best ‘banana bread’ type pudding or cake that I’ve ever tasted. The banana bread wasn’t too sweet or rich but light with a caramelised date flavour. The toffee cream piped topping really added a layer of creaminess and the flaked almonds and candid pistachios gave texture to the dish. The ice cream, perfectly caramelised banana and toffee sauce was the icing on the tea loaf.
Spa: U Thyme
The U Thyme Spa is brand spanking new and is beautifully done. It’s a really serene spot, the sort of place you have to peel yourself away from. It has seven stunning treatment rooms, a spa lounge and such an amazing relaxation room, with reclining chairs, soft lighting, fragrant scents and reading materials.
We spent a little time there and while my Mum had a French manicure, I had such a wonderful massage and facial. It started with a foot soak and a hot fruit tea, I then completed an Elemental Herbology questionnaire to decide what products would be good for my skin type. I love little touches like that.
I did an ayurvedic assessment in India a few years ago and my type was ‘pitta’ (fire) so it was incredible that this simple assessment also concluded the same. I adored the Elemental rose and geranium scents and also the Elemental Detox Face mask. After, which we showered and did twelve laps of the pool before diving into the steam room and sauna. We left feeling very refreshed.
The next morning, we also took part in a 1.5 hour yoga class at the hotel’s spa, just before we checked out. There are a host of different classes guests can try and as a (part-time) yogi of over fifteen years, I can really recommend the yoga here.
View Bar & Restaurant
There’s an easy-going atmosphere in the hotel’s, View Resturant. The décor is modern with subtle steam punk influences throughout. After a walk, our swim and the rejuvenating treatments from the spa, we were ready for more food. Each and every dish has something that elevates it to the next level.
Overall, we were mightily impressed by the food: For it’s thoughtfulness, freshness and perfect presentation. Not to mention such brilliant service from the staff. It’s the sort of place you wish you lived near and the sort of restaurant you could visit regularly without concern about quality or satisfaction. It’s certainly a spot for big appetites – no doubt part of the plan, perfectly designed for hungry golfers and spa goers!
Between us we enjoyed some incredible ‘soul food’ during our wellbeing stay:
- The Bread Platter For One: Homemade Focaccia Bread with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic and Roasted Garlic (£3).
- Suffolk Asparagus: Parmesan Cream and Nettle Pesto (£8).
- Heritage Tomato Chicory: Olive, Goats Curd, Basil Salad (£7)
- Denham Lamb Rump: Courgette Stew, BBQ Aubergine Puree, Potato Terrine, Broad Bean and Mint (£24).
- Cod Fillet: White Artichoke Soup, Brown Shrimps, Asparagus (£16)
- Dark Chocolate Mousse: English Cherries and Cherry Sorbet (£8).
- Apple Tart Tatin: Vanilla Ice Cream and Calvados (£7)
Here, the attention the detail and presentation was second-to-none, which reflects the perfection noticed throughout the hotel in general. The rooms were spotlessly clean, as was the restaurant, and the food – perfect presentation and thought had clearly been spent in the kitchen. (I’m going to start a rumour and suggest that the head chef may be a Virgo!)
Bury St Edmunds town centre is just 10 minutes’ drive and Bury St Edmunds Railway Station is 5 minutes away. A good spot for exploring East Anglia and the surrounding counties, including the sights of Cambridge and the nearby Ely Cathedral.
Fornham St. Genevieve
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
Tel: 01284 706 777