Hastings is renowned for its famous hospitality, and the picturesque Stormont Hotel is certainly no exception.
Having recently visited the hotel after its amazing £1.15 million revamp we were blown away all over again by the friendly staff, amazing facilities and unbeatable cuisine.
You’ll feel like you’ve escaped the ‘out of town hustle’ because the atmosphere is so tranquil – so it’s hard to believe its only 10 minutes from the city centre.
Whilst it may not have been on your radar before, here’s nine reasons you should definitely re-evaluate giving The Stormont Hotel a try next time you’re craving mouth-watering local cuisine, freshly prepared cocktails in the refurbished lounge, or even a fun day out with the family.
1. The Location
The 4 star Stormont Hotel boasts an unequalled location, overlooking Belfast’s Royal Mile and gardens leading up to Stormont Parliament Buildings.
Its boasts gorgeous leafy surroundings and a secluded, intimate feel ideal for a romantic night away or a relaxing meal.
With the amazing newly transformed cocktail bar and lounge on offer, it’s certainly not a ridiculous distance away from Belfast for those tempted to get a taxi and enjoy a few drinks! But for those driving, you’ll definitely not struggle to find a complimentary car parking space – there’s 250.
2. Sunday Buffet
Having enjoyed Sunday buffets across Northern Ireland, we found the Stormont Hotel to be head and shoulders above the rest – thanks to its outstanding selection of mouth-watering food, terrific service, and outstanding selection.
Coeliac sufferers will be delighted to hear that everything Gluten Free is labelled – and that’s a majority of the menu. Whilst the dessert section boasts an entire table filled with delicious Gluten and Dairy free alternatives – as well as a chocolate fountain.
Highlights consisted of delicious soup with extras from freshly baked bread from The Yellow Door to bacon and croutons. Whilst the Pasta Station allowed you to request your favourite ingredients to be cooked right in front of you. Amazingly this special station changes every week – it could be anything from pasta to crepes, to omelettes – ideal for vegetarians and those wanting an alternative Sunday dinner.
To find out more, check out our recent feature: The 5 Greatest Places In Northern Ireland To Indulge In A Sunday Buffet.
We attended the Family Sunday Buffet Lunch, which allowed children (and adults!) the opportunity to meet and learn all about the adorable animals from nearby Blackberry Farm!
Meanwhile, the hotel itself boasted a bouncy castle and a series of massive helium balloons and activities for the kids to entertain themselves with – including a Wii Fit. Perfect for any busy parents to be who want to enjoy that last piece of chocolate cake!
Whilst normally adults cost £27 and children aged 6-12 are £12 (children under 6 are free), you can get avail of the Family Offer which for £75 caters for 2 adults, 2 children and a jug of juice.
4. La Scala Bistro
La Scala Bistro is perfect for lunch or early evening, with its contemporary surroundings and panoramic views that will let you relax, unwind and simply enjoy the delicious food!
You can enjoy two courses and a glass of wine for £18 per person. We highly recommend the Northern Irish Daube of Beef, which is a Slow Braised Daube of Beef served in a Red Wine, Mushroom and Onion Jus served with Causeway Chips!
5. All Local Produce
It’s always impressive when a restaurant makes a dedicated choice to exclusively stock local seasonal produce and suppliers, so we were blown away by the Stormont Hotel’s dedication to its local food heritage.
Stormont Hotel looks for produce that stands out from the rest, which is certainly reflected in their mouth-watering food.
From their award-winning black and white puddings produced in Antrim, milk and cream from Farmview Dairies in the Castlereagh Hills, and speciality breads from The Yellow Door Deli and Patisserie, this hotel’s dedication to local food starts from the basics and carries all the way through to the Hannan Meats sourced from County Armagh.
It sources from dozens of local suppliers up and down the country, ensuring everything from their cheese to their ice-cream to their coffee has been expertly sourced.
6. Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea with a difference is served daily at the Stormont Hotel between 2pm – 5pm, with a gorgeous selection of feel-good savouries.
They range from freshly baked Scones with Creamed Cheese and Irish Smoked Chicken, to Mini Foccacia with Givan’s Ham and Apple Mayonnaise, to delightful Ditty’s Oat Cake with Cucumber and Prawn Marie Rose.
Meanwhile further delights to expect range from Toasted Irwin’s Traditional Fruit Loaf and a selection of Irish Pastries including: Homemade Macaroons; Lemon and Rosemary Posset; Vanilla Sponge Fondant Fancy; to a Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tartlet.
This is followed by a wonderful blend of Assam and Kenya’s finest teas, selected specially for Hastings Hotels and blended in Belfast by Thompson’s family teas, to create the perfect combination of flavour and bouquet. Alternatively, you can choose from an extensive selection of speciality, fruit and herbal teas.
We love the coffee, which is a specially selected combination of quality Arabica beans sourced and roasted by Bewley’s in Dublin.
The total cost per person is £18. Alternatively, you can add a touch of sparkle with a glass of the finest MUMM Champagne for £8 per glass.
7. Amazing wedding venue
With its luxurious flagship ballroom (which boasts a special stage for the top table and ideal set-up for a band), the Stormont Hotel is understandably a popular choice for weddings.
The Stormont Hotel’s central location is refreshingly relaxing, and offers state-of-the-art facilities as well as a vibrant bar and cocktail lounge. It also boasts seriously competitive wedding packages and delicious menus guaranteed to go down well with guests!
It also boasts 105 bedrooms tastefully decorated and furnished to the highest standards. Welcoming touches include round the clock room service, their famous “cloud beds” and WiFi internet access. The hotel also has an excellent choice of accommodation types, with spacious Executive bedrooms and Suites in addition to the Superior bedrooms.
8. £1.15 Million Revamp
The Stormont Hotel recently unveiled the results of its £1.15m series of upgrades to its conference centre, hotel bar, foyer and external work which also included new gates.
Jonathan Topping, General Manager, Stormont Hotel, told us: “First impressions count, so as guests enter the hotel they will step into a reception that really makes the most of its setting with floor-to-ceiling glass allowing natural light to flood the whole area.
“The Lobby Bar is an open space where gorgeous fabrics in bright pastel colours mix invitingly with the comfortable seating and tables. There are spacious seating areas for families to gather and secluded spots for long lunches with the girls as you sip on a cocktail from the irresistible menu.
“There are some delicious foodie treats available in the lobby area including home-baked pastries and scones with unusual but divine taste combinations. ”
9. Ready, steady, Cocktail!
The Stormont Hotel’s sensational Cocktail Bar recently underwent a huge revamp, and the recently refurbished lounge is an amazing place to chill out with a delicious drink.
Ideal for birthdays, hen do’s and celebrations, the plush bar is now giving out their secrets to the perfect cocktail.
Their Cocktail Masterclass lets you learn how to shake them, stir them and serve them – then drink them!
The Gold Package costs £19 per person, which includes a welcome cocktail plus 2 other cocktails and a selection of nibbles, whilst the Platinum Package is £29 and includes a welcome cocktail plus 3 other cocktails and a selection of canapés and nibbles.