By Charmaine Hibbert
After a short drive from Royal St. George's Golf Club you turn onto Prince’s Drive where you have the sea sparkling on one side with views over to Dover and the beautiful white cliffs and views of Royal St. George’s on the other. We arrived at The Lodge at Prince's with the warmest of welcomes from the reception staff and was immediately handed an envelope containing a beautiful handwritten card wishing us a wonderful stay. Looking through the glass doors at reception I could hardly wait to get to my room and take in those fabulous views across the Bay.
The Lodge consists of 14 bedrooms including two luxurious Bay and Links suites and all apartments have ensuite facilities. The Lodge has two adjoining Lodge Houses, giving you a further 12 bedroomed apartments in each with up to four people sharing. You will also find that all the apartments contain a lounge area and an area for club storage, as well as battery charging facilities.
I could not believe my eyes once I stepped into my apartment - a large double bed awaited me and a gorgeous bathroom to boot. It took no time at all to feel right at home as I slipped off my shoes and headed for the lounge and curled up on the sofa after an exhausting round of golf. And for anyone who reads my reviews will know I have never played a round of golf in my life but caddying is something I have come to enjoy.
After a much needed rest I headed to the Lounge and Bar for a well earned beer and just savoured each moment of the views from the terrace and watched the sun go down. After the bar I headed back for a soak in the bath (in which you will not want to leave I must add - for it is that lush) but as we booked a table it was time to get ready for dinner and head to The Brasserie on the Bay restaurant. We were greeted upon arrival by a waitress named Pauline. She was so attentive. For me great service is essential and Pauline just added that extra touch to our dining experience.
For starter I opted for loin of hare with a confit truffle leg rillette, carrots with a vinegre de Jerez but minus the pickled walnut due to allergies. To say it was delicious was an understatement just the combination of flavours blew me away. I could easily have had a second plate considering I'm a dessert girl at heart but that starter just left me wanting more. So I was excited to see how the next course would fare. For my main I was torn between the guinea fowl or the wild sea bass but I opted for the latter which was served with crushed new potatoes, razor clams in garlic butter. Again delicious another dish which blew the starter right of the water.
Dessert was a tough one, I never ever give up on a chance to wolf down a yummy sweet dish but because the director of Planet Golf Review could not try a dessert having given up the naughty sugary stuff for lent my heart went out to him so I opted for a cheese board. A top choice! We had Wigmore (soft cheese), Ashmore (hard cheese), Kentish Blue (blue cheese) accompanied by an apple chutney for a bit of sweetness to add just the right balance.
So whatever the reason to try The Brasserie be it lunch, dinner or something a bit more special it is certainly an experience that you will treasure. The tag line for The Brasserie on the Bay is 'a truly unique location' but in fact as a whole it was a truly unique and wonderful experience. Albeit a short stay at The Lodge it was simply perfect from start to finish.
Prince's Golf Club and The Lodge at Prince's
Tel: +44 1304 611118