Harden's survey result
The “lovely afternoon tea” (“with lots of food and very good quality” sips) remains the highlight of this “elegant” country house hotel and spa, featured in ‘Four Weddings’, and handily just ten minutes’ drive from the airport, but it also houses the smart ‘Wernher’ restaurant, dripping with chandeliers.
“Traditional afternoon tea in a splendid setting” is the most commented-on feature of this plush country house hotel (incorporating spa and golf course) and even if it’s “pricey” fans say it’s “good value compared to central London”. When it comes to the stately ‘Wernher’ restaurant, some do praise a “wonderful experience” here too, but similarly the price tag can raise eyebrows.
For a “special occasion”, there’s no beating this stately country house hotel – nowadays a five star, plus spa and golf course – in a lush parkland setting. “The food usually (but not always) matches the setting”, and “the wine list is comprehensive” (“though not exactly bargain basement”). Top Tip – the “classy afternoon tea, matched by the classy surroundings” is one of the most popular in the survey.
A “lovely” country house hotel whose “beautiful dining room” features airy garden views, plenty of marble and “faultless” staff. Even if the menu doesn’t always hit the mark, fans say it’s “(usually) excellent”.
The Mansion House, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 3TQ
Last orders: 10 pm, Sat 10.30 pm