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Review: The Mere Golf Resort and Spa

Review: The Mere Golf Resort and Spa

Rather than opting for a city break in Manchester, we decided to take an out of town destination in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

The Mere Golf Resort and Spa is set alongside the Mere Lake close to Knutsford, and couldn't be more conveniently located for town and country pursuits.

Retail Therapy

Close by there's a great mix of both high street and independent shops to enjoy. Head for the picturesque towns of Knutsford, Lymm and Alderley Edge for local luxe and eclectic discoveries. You can also shop till you drop at Cheshire Oaks - the designer outlet village near Chester. Failing that, there's historic Chester itself or the bright lights of Manchester and the Trafford Centre.

Country & Culture

You can't visit Cheshire without experiencing a brisk walk in the lush green countryside. It's heavenly! For a fun filled family (or couples!) day out there's no less than 3 National Trust attractions in close proximity to The Mere including Tatton Park, Quarry Bank Mill and Dunham Massey. If you'd rather not drive - you can enjoy a relaxing walk around The Mere resort itself (see below).

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The Mere Resort

Our experience

Check In:

We arrived on a quiet day so, for us, the check in was quick and there was no lurking around reception drumming our fingers (a pet hate). Full marks for their 2pm check in time too as we've noted that some hotels are getting later and later for this. We were met by Jose, a very friendly and efficient Spanish porter who whisked us, and our bags to our room in a flash.

The Room:

We were booked into a standard double. Our first impressions was that it was a perfectly presentable hotel room - spacious with all the usual trimmings you'd expect like the His and Hers waffle robe and slippers, wide screen TV and under floor heating in the bathroom.

The bathroom was spacious and we loved the complimentary Aromatherapy Associates products. The room was just a little dark so it was lights on from mid afternoon. It was a comfortable room for a regular stay.

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A standard room

Our Tip: If you are booking for a special occasion then opt for their Mere Lake view double rooms - overlooking the Mere Lake and their Championship golf course. The 6,882-yard, par-71 course covers 150 acres and is situated in the idyllic Cheshire woodlands.

The Golf:

Whether you play or not, there's no getting away from the Golf inside, as well as outside at the Mere Resort. All aspects of golf at the Mere are catered for. From corporate, membership and personal tuition - so it's safe to say it's pretty much a golfers mini paradise.

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Driving Range and 1st Tee 

Their on-site Golf Shop has won the accolade for 'Best Pro Shop in the UK' so expect to find an extensive and high end selection of leading golf equipment and brands.

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The award winning Golf Shop

Cleverly located just behind the Golf Shop (and accessible by walking through the shop) is the Mere's much lauded Club Lounge and Bar with panoramic views of the Mere lake and naturally, the golf course.

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On the 6th Fairway

We're guessing that the main draw to the hotel is for the Golf (although in our humble opinion our top Mere fave is their Spa and Health Club: more of that later).

Club Lounge and Bar:

Overlooking the golf course and serving hot food as well as snacks throughout the day to both members and non-members. We dropped by for tea, scones and crumpets (this is not their Afternoon Tea we must add). Portion sizes were very generous - 2 of each and staff couldn't be more helpful and smiley.

Tip: On a sunny day take afternoon tea on their outside terrace and take in the views of the Mere lake. You won't be able to hear the traffic (just saying).

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The outside terrace - The Club Lounge and Bar

The Health Club and Spa:

Ah, we loved it! This, for us is the Mere Resorts 'Jewel in the Crown'. There's a 20m pool where you can enjoy a serious swim and their 'Thermal Zone' to enjoy some R&R which includes a steam room and salt room.

We went twice - the first afternoon for a relaxing swim and the next morning to use the gym. On both visits the changing rooms were pristine (not a soggy towel in sight). The environment is fantastic and the facilities superb - we recommend!

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The Spa Pool

Sadly, we can't comment on the Spa treatments and the Spa Lounge as we didn't get to use them, but hopefully we will, another time.

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The Spa Relaxation Suite

Browns Restaurant:

Our table was initially booked for 7pm and during the afternoon we requested it to be moved forward to 6.30pm, which was done.Without any fuss. Browns is situated in the heart of the hotel - you won't be able to miss it when you walk through the lobby. And, in case you are wondering the restaurant is named after Max Brown, who became legendary at The Mere for his magnetic charm, endless enthusiasm and innate passion for exemplary service.

We were impressed by the Menu - it had a good balance of choices as well as healthy options including fish and veggie and more than one description caught our beady eye.

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Browns by night

S started with Veloute of Cauliflower with roasted oyster mushrooms and basil. It was very well seasoned and he enjoyed it.

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The starter

For the mains we selected a couple of dishes from Mere's Modern Classics. S went for White Goosnargh Duckling 'Pot au Feu' (see below).

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The main

I chose Canon of English Lamb with Potato Rosti, Buttered Savoy Cabbage and Caramelised Shallots with Thyme Jus. It should have also included Creamed Garlic but as I didn't want it, Chef was happy to accommodate. Side orders were seasonal greens and chunky chips.
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The main

Both meals were very well presented without being over facing portions but we'd have liked more seasoning to really bring out the full flavour. The overall experience of the dining was very good and the staff were attentive.

Breakfast:

Was very enjoyable especially as it was cooked to order - (rather than buffet style which many hotels now opt for and we're not keen). We enjoyed a hearty Full English - served with locally sourced high quality sausages and back bacon.

Post Script:

As a resort, The Mere really delivers - it rates high for customer service and is (given the surroundings) surprisingly unpretentious.

by Jo Clarke
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