The rest of our suite contained a living room with two sofas, a six seater dining table, a king sized bed for us and two further bathrooms. It was massive. The living and dining area had large windows all the way round it with excellent views of the Pendigo Lake, with a little balcony that we could of enjoyed more if the weather had been warmer. Once we had settled in our room, we made our way downstairs for Afternoon Tea with Patrick Stapleton (General Manager) and Ernest (Senior Chef.)
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Thomas was very impressed with the Afternoon Tea or ‘sandwiches and cakes’ as he called it. Daniel loved it too and they both left lots of crumbs everywhere as they happily tucked in! While we were eating, Patrick and Ernest gave us extra information about how the hotel works and how many conference guests they can cater for at a time – 2000! The hotel and its staff are comfortable doing anything from a 30 person sit down dinner to an Indian wedding party for 1000 guests. As much as they can regarding food is made in house or sourced locally and they even have their own smoker and pizza oven. The homemade smoked salmon sandwich with the afternoon tea was delicious. I am not usually a fan of smoked food as I generally find the smoke overpowers everything, however this was just right and the salmon was still very moist and tender too.
After filling up on our afternoon tea, we went back to our room and got ready to go swimming using the hotel’s fabulous leisure activities. Unfortunately I have no photos of the pool or anything as our hands were busy looking after two children and making sure they were OK. The hotel does have a family changing room so you can all get ready together if you like. Thomas loved the little kids pool and the free floats/toys that we by the side that anyone could use. We had lots of fun but soon enough, it was time to leave the pool and get ready for dinner.
For our dinner, we went to The Lounge restaurant located in the hotel foyer. Stuart had ‘Surf N’ Turf’ which was a 225g Sirloin Steak, topped with skewered prawns and a garlic & herb butter. The steak was cooked to perfection and Stuart barely left a crumb on his plate. I had a Smoked Chicken & Pulled Pork stonebaked pizza topped with onions and Cajun spice. The chicken had been smoked by the hotel and had been freshly cooked in their own pizza oven. I love pizza and this was a very fine example of one which I normally would not expect to get in hotel. Thomas and Daniel both had homemade chicken nuggets with chips and peas, however mini food critic Thomas demanded beans with his, which the hotel very swiftly sorted out for us.
Soon it was Thomas and Daniel’s bedtime so we went back upstairs and got them settled in bed. Once they were asleep Stuart and I treated ourselves to a couple of beers and a pudding each on room service. I unfortunately did not get a good photo of my pudding but it was delicious and had obviously been put together by a very skilled pastry chef. It was the chocolate and honeycomb teardrop should you stay at the hotel and want to try it!
After a very restful night’s sleep and a lie in from Thomas and Daniel (thanks to the hotel for having very dark curtains – great news to parents of young children everywhere!) We slowly got ready and then went downstairs for breakfast. The breakfast is served buffet style and you can help yourself to anything you like. Thomas was in heaven! He had never had so much choice for breakfast before. Ernest (Senior Chef) had told me the day before that all the sausages were local and that they had a sausage of week. I think the week we stayed it was Cumberland and they were so tasty that I had three! The staff were lovely and looked after us really well. The staff gave Thomas a pirate entertainment pack (they have princesses for girls) and immediately set upon building the pirate ship with Daddy once they had finished their breakfast.
All too soon, it was time for us to pack our stuff up and head back home. The hotel check out time on a weekend is noon so you do not need to rush at all. Thomas did not want to leave and even asked if we could ‘sleepover’ in the hotel again the next night. We had a fantastic time at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole and we cannot wait to stay again after a visit to the NEC, Genting Arena or even a night’s stopover before we fly from Birmingham International Airport on our holiday somewhere.
We stayed at the hotel as guests of Hilton Birmingham Metropole. All opinions are our own. We were not required to write a positive review.