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Colchester, United Kingdom

Romantic foody night away

Review of Morston Hall
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 19, 2024via mobile
Celebration night away, absolutely beautiful hotel and amazing food! The staff were all fantastic, helpful, knowledgeable, and very friendly. We met Chef Patron Galton Blackiston, such a lovely man. We were treated like royalty but without any stuffiness, it was a perfect night away.
Date of stay: May 2024
Room Tip: Try it!
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2024

Morston has been our favourite for many years. This week was our first visit since Autumn last year.

All change at Morston with a new bar area, big staff turnover and business up for sale. Sounds as though Galton is looking for a consortium take over with an option for him to oversee as a consultant.

Food still up to par, though we had a couple of dislikes and cold plates! Wine list is patchy and now includes £1k+ selections!
There's a general feel of uncertainty - staff levels were below par, inexperienced and often too familiar for us. Needs Galton there all the time to lift the atmosphere.

The bar addition seems a mistake. It concentrates staff around the bar rather than circulating with guests and extends the predinner drinks period to over an hour which is too long. The commercial impact is at the detriment of customer service.

Would we revisit? Not sure until we learn more about the sale. Maybe we'll try Meadowsweet or Hambleton Hall as alternatives.

Date of stay: May 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed April 30, 2024 via mobile

Fantastic food served in a lovely conservatory. Expensive stay for a few nights but nice as a treat. Sommelier was great and stood out as friendly and happy to chat to guests. Disappointed not to have seen Galston the chef owner during our stay, that would have been the icing on the cake.

Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed March 15, 2024

Excellent stay. Evening meal was relaxed and the food quality was excellent. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Bedroom was very well equipped and comfortable. Breakfast was good with a wide choice. A great place to celebrate a special occasion.

Date of stay: March 2024
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Reviewed March 14, 2024 via mobile

We have just spent the last two nights at Morston Hall. Having not been here before we were concerned it would be a bit “stuffy”. That couldn’t have been further from the reality. What a great place. Our room in the eaves of the main house was lovely, although I did bump my head in the bathroom a couple of times!! The food was outstanding, with seven different courses every night. The staff too were great, always helpful and attentive. We will definitely go back.

Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2024

This really is the most amazing venue . The food is outstanding and the staff are attentive polite and make the entire experience memorable. Jack was an absolute delight with a great personality and told us about each dish he was serving so we could taste each delicious flavor . He was brilliant!!! We so look forward to our next trip to this stunning venue .

Date of stay: December 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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