Earlier this week, Joe and I managed to get away for the night, for a very special hotel stay at The Mitre, in Hampton Court. On the eve of Tier 3 restrictions coming in, it couldn’t have felt like more fortunate timing. There definitely wasn’t a moment we took for granted how fortunate we were to have been able to escape our daily scenery for the evening and truly indulge in somewhere as special as here.
I’d seen a few pictures of this beautiful spot popping up on Instagram (thanks to Claire and Lucy for being the excellent #influencers that they are), and although it can sometimes be easy to be swept up in the excitement of pretty wallpaper (ours was by Ottoline de Vries who I am in love with), wriggly mirrors and in-bedroom baths (this was before I’d even seen the restaurants and PAINTED CEILING AND PINK BOOTHS- I know, hold me)- every part of our stay from check in to check out felt truly like being spoilt and at home, confirming that both style and substance can definitely coexist in a hotel as lovely as this.
And that’s without mentioning the food too. Or the staff. Or how safe it felt in a time where leaving home is always peppered with a little bit of anxiety and nervousness too- especially when it’s going elsewhere for the evening. Fortunately every detail was taken care of; whether that be the mini hand sanitizers on the dinner table (the perfect partner to the ‘Bombolini’ which are their hot Italian Nutella filled donuts) or the homemade biscuits left on each room door upon check-in, everything was covered and nothing was too much trouble. The dinner and breakfast were also delicious- and with two dining options; 1665 for something a little more formal and The Coppernose for views and relaxed breakfast and brunch- it felt like looking out onto a little bit of otherworldly paradise- with the river in full view and little twinkling houses lining the banks come dinner time, and a little slice of Paris at breakfast.
Plus, if you’re after a little bit of impressive culture-vulturing, or playing tourist in your own city (or pretending you’re in The Favourite)- did I mention that The Mitre is situated quite literally opposite Hampton Court Palace too? Being a stone’s throw away from Bushey Park and an antique-fuelled high street, it’s the perfect place to really escape- whether you fancy dipping your nose into some royal history for the day, or just having endless day baths (guilty).
Although sadly they are now temporarily closed, I truly cannot recommend both The Mitre and restaurants enough. It’s always funny writing up press trip reviews, because I know how biased they can sometimes appear and perhaps a little over fond, but being somewhere on my radar, I can honestly say I was nothing but impressed by this beautiful spot- and they’re definitely one to bookmark for any little black books, home-from-home hotel stays or just incredible interiors inspiration too…
The Mitre, Hampton Ct Rd, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9BN