Kelly Andrews reviews The Mitre

Bedroom at The Mitre Arriving at The Mitre in East Molesey the façade, while perfectly charming, gives only the merest hint of what awaits you once you’ve set foot inside. The only thing that really hints at what a treat this place will be is its incredible location on the banks of the Thames at the foot of an elegant bridge, in the shadow of Hampton Court Palace.

As I wound my way through this charming labyrinthian boutique hotel one of the things that impressed me most was the quality of the recent refurbishment, carried out during lockdowns. The interior designer has cleverly managed to achieve a seamless and harmonious blend of modern luxury with historical gravitas in a way that I can’t say I’ve encountered before. And the accommodation... wow! While discounted room rates are available for your nearest and dearest, the venue does offer exclusive use giving you and up to 72 guests run of the hotel, including all 36 bedrooms and suites.

You and your loved ones will be in for a treat here when it comes to the wedding breakfast. Having visited the hotel’s 1665 Riverside Brasserie to sample a delicious three-course lunch of smoked mackerel pate, chargrilled beef, and dark chocolate fondant, I can report that every mouthful left me wanting more. The Orangery, which offers a Mediterranean vibe, can host up to 70 loved ones for the ‘I dos’ and wedding breakfast, with space for 120 evening guests. This also includes the use of the main terrace with its quintessentially English view overlooking the Thames, offering the perfect backdrop to your day.

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