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The Grove announces details of the relaunch of The Glasshouse

Published: 04 Apr 2019

London, February 2019The Grove, a five-star country house hotel in Hertfordshire, has announced details of the much anticipated re-opening of The Glasshouse restaurant, scheduled for early May 2019, following significant investment to dramatically update the space.

The Glasshouse has received an exhaustive renovation by the award-winning Martin Hulbert Design - the studio which has also been responsible for The Grove’s interior design since the hotel first opened, and to much praise. With over 25 years’ design experience, Martin has completed a wide range of hotel and residential projects around the world that have been significantly applauded, and he regularly features in ‘Top 50 interior designers’ lists.

The renovation of the restaurant includes a new extension which sees an impressive triple-height, glass conservatory added to the main building. This calm and tranquil space, similar to an orangery, brings the outside in – with views of the garden and terrace now fully available from within. The spacious main dining room has been completely remodelled to allow diners to move freely throughout the food stations, plus the new design also creates the impression of sunlight filling the space - even on the darkest days.

Almost every item within The Glasshouse has been specifically designed, created and commissioned for this project. Enormous kinetic hanging sculptures, made of bronze and brass mesh with giant hand-blown yellow glass orbs, have been introduced to move gently above diners and add a touch of magic to the space. The floor is in sections of Italian terrazzo and smoked oak, with the terrazzo also being used for some of the tables as well as Italian marble.

Strikingly redesigned, The Glasshouse sits at the heart of The Grove, and offers an outstanding, luxurious yet fun experience, inspired by food-hall style dining. For a set price, diners are invited to sample a variety of dishes celebrating international flavours, fresh produce and the talents of a team of specialist chefs.

Executive head chef, Stephen Wheeler, launched The Glasshouse to much success when the hotel opened just over 15 years ago. Now, having spent many years overseas gaining widespread international experience, he has returned to the helm of The Glasshouse to re-open an elevated, contemporary restaurant.

Having lived in Asia for several years, leading some of the best restaurants including Six Senses Laamu, Constance Moofushi and The Sun Siyam Irufushi, Wheeler has drawn upon the region’s focus on fresh, seasonal produce to introduce a range of new dishes and cooking techniques to provide diners with a huge range of options. Live cooking stations invite guests to watch the chefs in action as they prepare food to order. The Glasshouse caters to all palates and preferences, with fantastic freshness and quality. There is an extensive range of meat and fish options, whilst vegetarian and vegan guests are very well catered for, too, as well as plenty of options for children. A snapshot of just a few of the dishes on offer includes:

 From the Robata Grill
Grilled fillet of Loch Duart salmon, marinated in garden herbs, lemon, olive oil
Madagascan tiger prawns with chilli, lime & coriander 
Hickory rubbed rib-eye steak, mustard butter
Spatchcock baby chicken, garlic, rosemary & preserved lemon

From the Stone Oven
Baked flat breads with a selection of toppings including:
Plum tomato, mozzarella and garden basil
Pulled beef brisket, dill cucumber and fontina cheese
Hot smoked salmon, crème fraiche and  rocket

From the Live Action Pasta Station
Lobster ravioli
Pappardelle pasta with slow cooked beef cheek, lemon and parsley gremolata
Potato gnocchi with garden basil pesto, toasted pine nuts and shaved parmesan 

From the Asian Noodle Soup Station
Build your own soup base - chicken miso / vegetable broth / Thai coconut / Pho and more
And add your own toppings - bok choy, tofu, coriander, chilli, fish, meat, chicken, egg noodles and more

From the Tandoor Oven
Fenugreek & ginger spiced chicken with curry leaves 
Masala and coriander marinated tiger prawns with lime and roasted chilli  
Cauliflower, baby squash and potato skewers with cumin, turmeric, fresh lime and mint yogurt 

Salad Bar
Build your own salad with a variety of leaves, toppings and home made dressings

Crustacean Station
Fresh shellfish - such as oysters, lobster and mussels
Sushi and sashimi

Dessert Station
An enticing display of sweet treats from pastries and cakes to yoghurts and fruits
A build-your-own ice cream station includes a range of sundae toppings as well as a free-flowing chocolate tap

Stephen Wheeler, executive chef at The Glasshouse, commented: “It brings me great pleasure to oversee the relaunch of The Glasshouse, and we couldn’t be more excited to showcase this new, innovative dining experience to guests. We’ve introduced so many new cooking stations and methods, as it was crucial to us that we provide guests with a fantastic range of options at a superior quality. It’s an interactive and fun way of eating.”

He continued: “My time in Asia made a huge impact on how I view cooking, as well as my food style. The focus is on fresh and varied produce, and seasonal ingredients -with lots of flavour! With the new offering and layout, we hope that guests have a special and memorable dining experience.

The Glasshouse is open for breakfast (7 - 10.30am), lunch (12.30 - 2pm) and dinner (6 - 9.30pm), as well as afternoon tea in The Glasshouse Bar (1.30 - 4.30pm). Lunch starts at £42 per person, with dinner from £49 per person.

Reservations for The Glasshouse will open in early March for bookings from early May, 2019. For more information about The Grove, please visit: or call 01923 296010.

Posted by: The Grove

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