Ivy Hill Hotel
Ivy Hill Hotel
Writtle Rd, Margaretting, Ingatestone CM4 0EH
The hotel boasts of its restaurant - Bartellas. I had prix fixe menu at £18.75 for 2 courses. For a change I chose a meat based starter - crispy belly pork bites with apple & ginger dressing. Crispy, yes, but nowhere near enough dressing making it rather dry. A dip would have been better. I followed that with a vegetarian main wild mushroom penne with a parmesan cream sauce (and totally superfluous cheese straw). Nick chose from the a la carte menu: wild mushrooms on toasted brioche followed by veal Holstein. Fortunately this was served with tenderstem broccoli which Nick doesn't like and which offset the richness of my pasta dish perfectly!
As a Best Western loyalty card holder I got a free glass of wine, which contributed to the bill being very reasonable, but note that a service charge is automatically added, even when the purchase is free.
Our room looked tired but had a nice smart en-suite. I asked for extra towels as there appeared to be only one set, having checked the bathroom, the wardrobe, the bedside shelves and the dressing table. When a member of staff brought them, she commented that there was usually a second set in the drawer. As we were leaving I noticed another drawer behind our case - and yes there were more towels! Another positive is that the free wifi works.
The hotel garden is pleasant with a beautiful Wisteria in season but very noisy due to being adjacent to the A12.