As a partner at the Aviator hotel in Farnborough, Hampshire I was invited to come and have dinner and stay the night with my husband. I am a wedding photographer and have photographed many stunning weddings at this incredible venue. I was absolutely thrilled to be able to experience the Aviator from a guests point of view rather than a supplier. So of course my response was an excited yes please!!
The whole stay was a 5 star luxury experience.
Dinner was a three course meal with incredible service and food. I have some tricky dietary requirements, but it was no issue at all. I wasn’t made to feel like a nuisance as I have experienced in other establishments.
I’m sure you’d like to know what we ate so here was our menu for the evening:
Sarah ate: Fennel soup with truffle mousse, and GF bread.
-Smoked aubergine with tofu and sesame purée, marinated courgettes, roasted pepper purée, peanut & activated yeast crumb.
-Trio of sorbet.
Dan ate: Scallop with cauliflower purée, macadamia dukkah, scallop roe parfait, sourdough tuile and Sauternes-soaked golden raisin.
-280g Sirloin steak with triple cooked chips, ranch dressed baby gem and crispy onion.
-Honey and lavender cheesecake with honey sponge, lavender foam and honeycomb.
It was all divine, and of course I had to have an espresso Martini cocktail to complete the meal!
They make excellent cocktails at the Aviator I can tell you!
Our room was immaculate, such high quality fixtures and fittings, nothing looked tired or worn. A super comfy bed, lounge area, huge TV, robes, walk in wardrobe, mini bar, huge shower and a bath! All you could need, everything was perfect. We had room service for post dinner drinks and again the service was impeccable. Then in the morning we had fresh coffee, fruit salad, toast, eggs and a full English breakfast brought up to the room. We lounged around in our robes sipping orange juice and coffee living the high life!
It was so interesting for me to be in one of the rooms as a guests rather than as a photographer! I really got to appreciate the space and enjoy the room so much more than I have before and I loved every minute.
My husband and I had THE most wonderful time and highly, highly recommend The Aviator for either a meal out, just drinks in the Sky bar, an overnight stay and most definitely for your wedding! Because as soon as you walk through the doors you are treated with amazing hospitality. Nothing is too much trouble. It was the ultimate luxury experience and I really want to do it all again very soon!!
Thank you to Hayley and the Aviator Team for a memorable and wonderful stay!