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Review: dog-friendly Hotel Felix, Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 09:31 01 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:31 01 August 2017

The Hotel Felix, Cambridge

The Hotel Felix, Cambridge

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Fiona Snelson finds an ideal getaway for you (and your four-legged friends) in one of East Anglia’s most beautiful cities

The Hotel Felix, CambridgeThe Hotel Felix, Cambridge

We are all packed up; me, my partner and our little Chihuahua Jasper, heading for the Hotel Felix in Cambridge. What’s more exciting is it’s my birthday weekend so I am looking forward to a luxurious night away.

And I wasn’t let down.

The hotel was built in 1852 as a family home by a well-known local surgeon and now, as a luxurious boutique hotel, it is a blend of Victorian architecture with a contemporary interior, just over a mile from the city centre. Our room wasn’t quite ready on check-in so we had a drink in the bar; it was nice to see it buzzing with guests having afternoon tea, which looked delicious.

The Hotel Felix, CambridgeThe Hotel Felix, Cambridge

We checked into our room which, as a dog-friendly one, was on the ground floor and a short walk from reception. A lovely large king-sized bed, ample wardrobe space, fridge/mini bar and tea and coffee-making facilities and a really well-appointed bathroom with snuggly bathrobes. The room itself was spacious and modern with stylish furniture and a good size flat screen TV and the obligatory wifi.

Jasper had been left complementary dog biscuits and a sachet of food in a beautiful gift box. He was delighted.

As we wanted to take Jasper with us for dinner and not leave him in the room, we ate in the orangery next to the main restaurant. Here they serve the same menu – it was nice to be able to relax knowing the dog was with us.

The Hotel Felix, CambridgeThe Hotel Felix, Cambridge

The orangery was set up with nice rattan furniture and leads on to a really pretty decked terrace overlooking the gardens. After a glass of prosecco we ordered Portland crab, agretti, sea lettuce, pink fir potatoes, bottarga and burnt lemon mayonnaise. Other starter choices included a red mullet and hake risotto, a tagliarini pasta with asparagus, fonduta and breadcrumbs, a good choice of vegetarian dishes and a broad bean and pancetta, parsley and mint soup. The crab was tasty and presented beautifully.

For main course I chose the roast breast of duck which was served with beets, blueberries, girolle and nameko mushrooms and toasted seeds and a side of spinach. The duck was slightly pink, the way I like it, and delicious.

Kevin had the rib-eye steak with mini caesar salad and chips. The steak was cooked perfectly to order and very tender. Our waiter was really attentive and topped our glasses up at regular intervals throughout the meal.

The Hotel Felix, CambridgeThe Hotel Felix, Cambridge

Never one to pass on the dessert I chose apricot and almond tart with Devon clotted cream and Kevin chose coffee and doughnuts – a cappuccino bruleé, hazelnut Italian meringue and cinnamon doughnut. Both were delicious although there was a choice of lighter deserts including strawberries in prosecco jelly, condensed milk jam and tonka bean sable. They all sounded intriguing. Following an after dinner espresso martini we retired to the room.

The next morning we decided instead of having breakfast in the room we would eat in the orangery again. After a walk around the grounds of the hotel we had built up quite an appetite and our selection of cereals, pastries, fruit and fresh juice were followed by a really tasty cooked breakfast. Also on the menu were various other hot breakfast choices including smoked haddock and smoked salmon and scrambled egg.

All good things have to come to an end so, after packing our cases and checking out, we all head back to Norwich a few pounds heavier but relaxed and pleased we had such a lovely stay in Cambridge. Especially one where our four-legged friend could join in the fun.

Fiona’s stay was courtesy of the Hotel Felix, Cambridge.

Bed and breakfast is £230 including full English breakfast. Check website for special offers such as the Graffiti Break, which is £179, including an allocation of £30 per person towards dinner.

Hotel Felix

Whitehouse Lane, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LX

01223 277977

www.hotelfelix.co.uk

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