We have written about the Lucky Onion Club’s events before and in fact, the next three supper clubs will be with Fergus Henderson, Gizzi Erskine and Valentine Warner respectively. We recently discovered, however, that the events are actually just the icing on the cake and staying at one of the Lucky Onion hotels is reason enough in itself to leave London. There’s no need to join their member’s club to do so either. We stayed at no. 38 The Park in Cheltenham, a Georgian townhouse and so keen are they to make you feel at home that there isn’t even a reception desk, you are just booked in via the cosy ground floor living room.
Our tip is: make sure you book a room which has a huge free-standing bath in the bedroom as well as a wet room-style shower space. The beds are notably comfortable and there are Sonos sound systems in the rooms, making it quite hard to leave for dinner. Service is thoughtful – we were delighted to find a flask of very good hot chocolate left in our room when we returned from dinner. This is a hotel that wants to indulge its guests in a delightfully homespun fashion: a pre-breakfast tray of juices and pastries is left outside rooms in the morning, for example. This means you don’t even need to wander downstairs for sustenance unless you want to (we somehow managed to do both).
Also, Cheltenham itself is something of a revelation: we ended up getting a later train home so that we could take a walk along Montpelier and have a look around some of the shops and independent boutiques in the area.