A hidden retreat on the outskirts of Slough has launched a new spring menu and it’s everything you could want of an upmarket restaurant, hotel and wedding venue.

Stoke Place Hotel sits on Stoke Green Road, moments from Wexham, and is often missed when driving in and out of the area.

However a quick turn into the driveway of the grand estate reveals a hidden gem.

Often used as a wedding venue and hotel by visitors to the area, a boutique restaurant also welcomes walk ins no matter the occasion.

We were lucky to be invited to try the hotels new Spring menu and it blew us away.

Slough Observer:

A calm dining area accented with golds and wood tones offers a lovely spot to catch up over a meal while looking over the lake.

We started our meal off with a cocktail, myself going for a porn star martini (£11.50) and my designated driver opting for a tropical tonic mocktail (£5).

Both were fantastically prepared, the tropical tonic a refreshing beginning to a meal and the porn star martini a great beginning, accented with passion fruit and a flower.

For starters I opted for the asparagus (£12.50), which came with air dried ham, crispy ducks egg and paprika mayo.

Slough Observer:

It came beautifully prepared and was a light and refreshing starter. I was blown away at how the flavours worked together and had never tried an egg prepared in such a way, with a goey middle and crispy batter - I want all my eggs this way now. 

Meanwhile my dining partner chose the chicken yakitori (£11) which they said was ‘well spiced’ with a sweet sauce on the side. 

For my main I was suggested the ‘three little pigs’ (£23.50) by my waitress, who hit the nail on the head with this being an exceptional dish.

Slough Observer:

The slow cooked pork belly was done to perfection and the black pudding, pork bonbon and mustard mash just enhanced the dish further.

The addition of apple sauce created an explosion of tastes and flavours.

The table also ordered the grilled chicken (£21), which came as a curry with rice and bread, as well as a side of stir fried spinach (£6.50) which was flavoursome with garlic, ginger and chilli.

We finished the meal with a chocolate bomb (£10.50) which came with a caramel pouring sauce. 

Slough Observer:

Together the dessert was crunchy, creamy and sweet - satisfying my sweet tooth.

The sticky toffee pudding (£10.50) was served with plenty of amazing butter scotch sauce and offered hints of tea.

We finished the meal with a cherry blossom cocktail (£9.50), however the drink felt like it could have done with being mixed, with the syrup dropping to the very bottom of the glass.

Whereas the cherry breeze (£6.50) was a very refreshing end for my dining partner.

Overall I would 100 per cent recommend Stoke Place. It is a fantastic backdrop for any special occasion and I can only imagine how beautiful the estate is when the warmer weather comes.