A Night At Hotel Felix!
By Darren Marshall
As a father of two children, finding ways to amuse them is a constant struggle – especially in the winter. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Hotel Felix had a special “Punting the Backs” promotion in conjunction with a stay in one of their family suites. Just the thing to amuse, stimulate and hopefully wear out the kids…
Our adventure started on the banks of the River Cam with a superb tour of the backs courtesy of Scudamores. This was our first time on the punts and the excellent vocal tour by our guide Josh was the perfect sound bite to a memorable journey. His knowledge of the Universities, wonderful stories and general enthusiasm for his job was a real bonus as it proved very educational for my 12 and 16 year old sons, who had a great time on the tour. There was one memorable moment when a ‘rival’ boat went whizzing past only for the oresman to get his pole stuck in the river bank leaving him and his passengers to drift slowly on as we passed him with chuckles galore. All in all this is a very worthwhile ‘must-do’ activity for any family visiting Cambridge and you are assured of a warm and knowledgeable welcome as well as a fun family experience.
With the October Storm about to hit we left the banks of the River Cam and headed on to Hotel Felix.
A warm welcome was just what myself and my family were looking for on a cold winter’s day and that is exactly what we received at Hotel Felix. After being met with a warm welcome from the General Manager Shara Ross, she showed us to our room. And what a room it was.... we were offered the Junior Suite that was inviting and very comfortable with its Queen size bed and two very snug beds for the children. The room itself was more than spacious for a family of four and the free Wi-Fi was a godsend for the kids to use their iPods and laptops! You couldn't complete a review of the room without special mention of the bathroom – luxury in its most extreme form, complete with a remote control TV in the bath and a spacious walk in shower to wash away the blustery conditions from outside!
Dinner was served promptly at eight pm in the refined surroundings of the Graffiti restaurant. The menu gave us plenty to consider with my wife opting for Smoked Haddock with Yellow Pepper Soup and myself sampling the Spiced Partridge, Cassoulet of White Beans, Parsnip, Salami and Pancetta.
It was then on to the main course of Hickory Smoked Poussin Leg, Poached Breast, Fried Cornmeal, Creamed Cabbage, Corn and Smoked Pancetta, Sweet Corn Purée with Bitter Caramelised Popcorn for the wife whilst I tucked into Roast Haunch of Venison, Kohrabi Fondant, Rainbow Chard,Parsley Root Purée and Whisky Sauce – simply delicious! Everything was served in the manner that one would expect from a top hotel. What was also very pleasing was the fact that there was a children's menu, which allowed us adults to enjoy the fine British cuisine with the kids tucking into an impressive looking Burger and Chicken fillets respectively.
A final nightcap was in order to wind down from what had been a rewarding and exhausting day out for the whole family. Just the thing to keep the kids occupied this Winter!
Hotel Felix, Whitehouse Lane, Huntington Rd, Cambridge CB3 0LX, 01223 277977, www.hotelfelix.co.uk.