I received an invitation to attend the launch of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Bristol.
A very friendly welcome and I was ushered into the restaurant area to be offered complementary food and drink. The sommeliers were proudly showing off the wines from the wine list and offering tastings. I opted for red and declined wines such as Argento Reserva Malbec and Valdivieso Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon as they have been readily available from supermarkets and I wanted to try something new.
I ended up drinking Italian reds. I believe the hotel’s wines are sourced from Bibendum and the house red is Villa dei Fiori Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010, which I had not tried before. Ripe and smooth with spiciness, cherries and good acidity. Very Italian and easy drinking.
I also spotted Banfi Col di Sasso Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese Toscana 2009, a Super Tuscan. Again this was smooth but with more intense black and red fruit flavours, with a spicy acidic edge. A lovely mouthful.
Glasses of Terre Forti red and white wines were on offer to drink with the food and I grabbed a glass of the Sangiovese. Typical red fruits from this Italian red with nice acidity on the finish.
Now to the food. The buffet comprised hot and cold dishes, including falafael, spicy chorizo, homemade beefburgers, lamb sausages and marinated chicken. These were accompanied by various salads. The Beetroot Salad was highly recommended and after tasting it I knew why!
The beefburgers, chicken and lamb sausages were my favourites. The burgers were melt in the mouth and had a lovely meaty flavour. The chicken was marinated in coriander, chilli, ginger, garlic and parsley and was moist and flavoursome. The lamb sausages were full of flavour and succulent.
I was also shown one of the newly refurbished bedrooms and was impressed with the cleanliness and bright contemporary feel. Each room comes with its own Apple i-Mac!
The Hilton Garden Inn is conveniently close to Temple Meads station and the central area and I would recommend this to anyone needing a hotel in Bristol.