Chelmsford Road, Hatfield Heath, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM22 7BQ UK
Tel: 01279 730549
Hatfield Heath is a really small place but it boasts two hotels, two (adjacent) pubs, a Chinese restaurant, a Chinese takeaway, a fish and chip shop and soon it will have an Indian restaurant too. The Hunters Meet seems to be trying to match this extensive provision. Their brochure advertises Hotel, Restaurant and Leisure Centre in which they cater for Business Conferences, Weddings, Social events,Celebrations, Lunches, including pensioner specials, Dinners, Gambling nights, Dancing, including afternoon tea dances and Romantic Weekends!
I have no idea what the hotel rooms are like, since, having advised them of our potentially late arrival we were allocated the “Garden Lodge” which from initial appearances seemed to be a shed, but upon closer inspection and entering proved to be a double bedded chalet complete with shower room, kitchen and lounge doubling as a second bedroom plus its own patio. The main bedroom was spacious and the bed comfortable, and whilst the shower was adequate, a bath would have been more pleasing.
Writing above the restaurant entrance proclaimed it to be “restaurant to the rich and famous”, but the reality was that for ordinary mortals service stopped at 9pm, as did the leisure centre. Both were open from 7am so I was able to have a swim in the 10m pool to work up an appetite for breakfast. The leisure centre is another cabin adjacent to the hotel and is the most compact I have ever seen! The glass wall of the gym runs along one edge of the pool, the jacuzzi is a bench actually in one corner of the pool and the remaining dry space manages to contain a steam room, sauna, shower and lockers.
The breakfast menu offered a buffet of cereals, yoghurt and fruit, regrettably only tinned grapefruit or prunes, with a served cooked breakfast which proved to have two of everything and was the first that had defeated Nick for a very long time. Even my request for egg, bacon and mushroom arrived doubled up; people in this part of the world must have large appetites!
My only complaint about was was generally a very pleasant overnight stay was the early closing of the restaurant kitchen, but with the other facilities in the village this was easily overcome. And I never did discover the identity of “ the rich and famous”!