We all need a delicious ice cold treat when it gets hot in these summer months. Hero and Leander were fortunately lucky enough to be invited to The Runnymede on Thames to celebrate POPS, alcoholic lollipops. On a beautiful summers Friday evening we left the craziness of London’s rat race to drive a short while west until we came to the town where the Magna Carta was sealed. Runnymede. A beautiful historic town with The Thames running through. It’s always special arriving somewhere that has so much to tell you about it past. The Runnymede on Thames is then just a small fragment of the town’s story, but it draws on so much of this to create its own tale.
Our evening began once we had checked in to the hotel and we went straight to one of the hotel’s meeting rooms, that opened out on to the banks of the Thames. The smell of fresh fish and burgers being cooked on the BBQ were filling the air. A feast for the senses when we stepped on to the green to see a delicious buffet with salads, fish, and BBQ vegetables all for us to fill our plates. We sat amongst the guests and drank cocktails whilst discussing the event and travelling with fellow guests at the 4*, dog-friendly hotel. Once we’d finished our delicious seconds, it was time to sample the reason we were here – POPS ice lollies. Quality popsicles made in Britain using natural ingredients. Originally established back in 2014, POPS have become a customary site on the summer scene, popping up at festivals and garden parties across the country. POPS currently have a tasty selection from Naughty and Nice categories. A classic, which is champagne, or how about a Bellini made of Prosecco and Peach. Or if you’re really tempted, the Moscow Mule to pack a punch to your dessert. For those laying off the alcohol, Strawberry & Mint or Apple & Elderflower are standing by ready to cool you down in the hot months and give you a tasty all round refreshing. The flavours are all very crisp and the alcohol stands out in a very complimentary way to the flavours. A champagne iced lolly does a plain and simple glass of champagne justice.
After our feast, we were treated to the last boat trip of the evening. The Runnymede on Thames offers its guests boat hire cruises, were you can charter your own boat with or without a skipper. It’s a wonderful way to spend anything from an hour up to the entire day. A short trip downstream a mile or two, or a day out to Windsor with drinks and lunch in the town. We had a half hour sample of what such a trip would be like and it was a very relaxing and civilised way to spend the evening. A beer on the boat, cruising down the Thames listening to the skipper pointing out the sights. Certainly having someone manage the boat allows you to completely switch off and not have to worry about neighbouring boats and indeed the river’s locks.
After our boat trip and a short dance whilst listening to the steel drum band that had been providing some of the evening’s entertainment we retired to our room. The double superior room had a view over the river and the beautiful local greenery – intermittently interrupted by the local airport’s planes… Of course that’s too be expected and actually don’t cause any inconvenience to us. If you’re looking for a layover, this is certainly far more glamorous and relaxing than an airport hotel! With ESPA toiletries and mineral water in the room’s mini bar that delightfully is free and you don’t need to part with a day’s salary just to quench your thirst like many hotels.
In the morning after a deep sleep and a lazy awakening we ventured down to the restaurant for what was certainly a breakfast of champions. I shall be honest and say that I was not expecting a buffet of quite such grander and quality. There was everything from freshly cooked bacon, to croissants and honey literally dripping off a honeycomb. Fresh juices and coffee were accompanied with this fabulous start to the day and we sat adjacent to the banks of the Thames. I can scarcely think of a better way to start the weekend. Delicious food and then jumping in the car for a trip to explore the sights of Windsor.
The Runnymede on Thames has a spa where you can wind down after a week in the city or a hard fought tennis match at the hotel’s court. They offer a whole host of various treatments from massages, to facials, depilatory, maternity treatments and treatments for men. You can see there entire range of treatments here. If you’re looking for more of an active stay, then the hotel’s indoor and outdoor pool will have you splashing away and doing lengths in no time, or there’s the fitness centre for those that don’t quite fancy their water wings. Fortunately if you like your exercise outdoors, then why not take a stroll or indeed a run along the river bank.
So if you’re looking for a short break away from the hectic lifestyle of London, or you need to extend your holiday when you return to London’s Heathrow the Runnymede on Thames is sure to make you unwind and get lost in its delightful offerings and local history.
The Runnymede on Thames Hotel and Spa
T: 01784 220600