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Tapas Night: Enjoy a Taste of Spain at Bignell Park!

Enjoy the taste of Spain in the heart of Oxfordshire – join us at Bignell Park every Wednesday evening (7 pm -9.30 pm) for our popular Tapas Night! The perfect dining choice if you’re looking to beat the post-holiday blues… gather your friends and family together for a mid-week burst of Spanish flavour at The Oaks Restaurant.

Designed to encourage conversation, tapas make the ideal meal for parties of all sizes. So whether it’s a special occasion or you’re just glad to be one day closer to the weekend, our Tapas Night is the perfect meal choice.

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With a wide selection of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes, there’s something for everyone on our menu. For vegetarians, our chef’s top picks include Patatas Bravas (diced potatoes with spicy chilli tomato sauce) or the classic Spanish Omelette (Tortilla de Patatas). Fish dishes are a staple of traditional tapas and we have a number of delicious options available. We recommend Calamares a la Romana (deep fried baby squid with alioli sauce) or Gambas Ajillo (king prawns in garlic sauce). When it comes to meat dishes, it wouldn’t be a tapas menu without some chorizo! Give the Chorizos de Casa en Vino Tinto a try – otherwise known as oven-baked spicy sausage in red wine.

For dessert, the Spanish theme continues with scrumptious Chocolate con Churros. Hazelnut and chocolate-filled Spanish churros served with a cup of hot chocolate – a must for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Tapas was made for sharing so we offer a selection of special sharing combos, ideal for two people. You’ll find each of our savoury dishes are labelled either A, B or C and you can choose a different combination of six dishes from these categories.  Prices for our sharing combos start from just £21.

For more information on our Wednesday Tapas Nights or to book a table, please contact The Oaks Restaurant on +44 (0)1869 326 550.

 

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Top Tips on Accessing the Best Rates

Getting the best rates at Bignell Park couldn’t be any easier. Here are our top tips to help you make a saving on your stay:

Book direct

Looking for a hotel via travel search engines will bring up a variety of hotels but not necessarily the best rates available. When you book your stay direct on our website, you’ll be able to easily view rooms, search for vacancies and make a booking up to 365 days in advance – giving you the lowest tariff before anyone else. Plus, there are lots of exclusive special offers and rates that you can only access through our site, so we’d always recommend booking direct.

Be quick and be in the know

Confirm your booking as early as you can because the best value rooms get taken up quickly! And make sure you sign up to our monthly newsletter, which includes exclusive offers on special room rates, ‘Wine and Dine’ discounts and even 10% off dining at the Oaks restaurant. We update our offers every month so it’s definitely worth subscribing and checking your inbox for upcoming deals.

Check in on our offers page

Keep an eye on our offers page to view new discounts on everything from room and restaurant rates to special beauty packages at our in-house beauty salon, Hart.

Get social!

Don’t follow us on Twitter and Facebook? You’re missing out on a host of competitions, news and updates on our room rates, renowned restaurant, wedding packages and meeting spaces! Follow our social media accounts today so that you never miss our best rates.

Stay over on Sunday

It’s more likely that you’ll get the best room rate on a Sunday night so why not stay over at the end of the weekend and awake refreshed on Monday morning in a gorgeous four poster room? You can also take advantage of our ‘Sunday Night Club’ offer, which includes dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast for just £95 for single occupancy and £125 for double occupancy.

Give us a ring

Remember you can always give us a call on 01869 326550 to talk about your specific room requirements and find the best deal. We’re happy to create a tailor-made package that ticks all your boxes!

Your indispensable guide to local attractions

2016-07-14-Bignell-blog-AttractionsChoose Bignell Park Hotel and experience some of the best summer activities that the area has to offer right on your doorstep. Here are just a handful of some of the best local attractions:

Blenheim Palace

Explore the architecture and renowned gardens at Blenheim Palace in the summer sunshine. A World Heritage Site, this stunning baroque building is over 300 years old and the landscaped parkland is lush with greenery. Catch the miniature train to see the Pleasure Gardens and experience the beauty of the exotic butterflies at Butterfly House.

Bicester Shopping Village

Grab some bargains at the Bicester shopping outlet where you’ll find designer outfits at high street prices. The outdoor shopping area is brimming with a variety of British brands, eateries and cafes to keep you busy for an entire day. Why not make a visit to find a pair of dream Jimmy Choos or an elegant Gucci handbag?

Bodleian Library

A fan of Harry Potter? Visit Oxford’s Bodleian library where the movies were filmed! One of the oldest libraries in Europe, this 11 storey building contains 3.5 million items and is a reader’s paradise.  This summer there’ll be an exhibition on the best of Shakespeare’s plays.

Woodstock Open Air Pool and steam train ride

Take a dip in the outdoor pool to cool off when the sunshine strikes. Perfect for kids, this family-friendly lido includes a toddler’s paddling pool and grassed picnic area. Or for those kids who prefer a spot of travel opt for a steam train ride at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre and have a picnic on the lawn.

Return to Bignell Park for a spot of afternoon tea at The Oaks Restaurant to re-fuel on freshly made scones, cakes, sandwiches and an assortment of hot drinks. Then finish off the day by putting your feet up in our two acre landscaped garden and outdoor patio area.

 

 

Planning the perfect summer wedding

From dealing with the dresses and the cake to the menu and the music, planning the perfect summer wedding can feel overwhelming. Chunking everything down into manageable areas can make the process much simpler:

 

Venue

If you’ve chosen Bignell Park as the venue for your ceremony or reception you’ve already made a fantastic start to tying the knot! Celebrate in The Oaks Restaurant for an intimate, relaxed gathering in classic surroundings or opt for an outdoor marquee to incorporate the sights and sounds of summer in your wedding festivities. Set in two acres of beautiful grounds, the hotel makes a stunning backdrop for taking timeless photos and videos. Our heated marquee has its own bar, and our specialist wedding planners will help you to design a gorgeous layout, featuring your favourite colours, flowers and decorations…

Decorations

Fabulous flowers and bright colours are perfect for a summer wedding. Bring the greenery of the outdoors into your wedding venue by selecting colourful centrepieces for each table, floral tablecloths or vibrant chair covers. Why not use summer bunting to make memorable decorations that suit the season? We can recommend a selection of suppliers who will work with you to create wedding décor that meets your vision.

Catering

The team at The Oaks Restaurant will handle the catering for you.  Our menus feature the best seasonal produce, delicious desserts and unforgettable mains. Simply give us an idea of the types of dishes you’d like to serve at your reception or wedding breakfast to inspire your customised menu.

Entertainment

DJ, orchestra, disco, band or singer? There’s room for all sorts of entertainment packages at Bignell Park Hotel. Why not think outside of the box and book a magician, a caricaturist, palm reader or face painter for the kids?

 

For more inspiration come to our Wedding Fayre on Sunday 11th September between 12-3pm – explore the hotel, view our marquee and meet a range of exhibitors including photographers, florists and dressmakers.

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Why book direct?

Booking a stay at Bignell Park Hotel? Why not book direct using our secure online reservation system and benefit from an array of discounts, seasonal extras and full-on flexibility?

If you book direct you’ll get access to all of our rooms (including those that aren’t listed on other booking sites) as well as the very best rates that simply can’t be found elsewhere. Full payment is required only when you check out so you won’t need to pay a penny upon booking (unless specified in the booking process). Plus, if you want to modify or cancel your booking you’re free to do so for no additional cost as long as you contact us 48 hours before your stay. And because you’ll be able to contact the hotel team directly you’ll get a swift response from someone in charge.

Booking direct also guarantees you of the best rates and includes useful extras, such as free late check out (a very generous 12pm) and 10% off dining at the Oaks restaurant*.

Check availability on all of our rooms here and book your stay today! Pictures of our rooms and suites are updated regularly so you’ll be able to get a glimpse of everything we have to offer and more!

 *Offers are available at the hotel’s discretion and run for specific periods throughout the year. To ensure you hear about these offers when they become available, please sign up to our mailing list > click here.

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Top Tips – How to prepare the perfect Sunday roast this St George’s Day

Celebrate St. George’s Day with a traditional English roast – visit The Oaks Restaurant and order our Head Chef’s mouth-watering signature dish: slow cooked belly pork with celeriac mash, braised red cabbage, crispy crackling & cider jus. It’s a deliciously tender roast that’s perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

This year marks Chef Radek’s three-year anniversary as our Head Chef – his flair for creating memorable dishes, his enthusiasm for sourcing local fresh ingredients and his culinary skill helped him to quickly work his way up from Sous Chef. Plus, because he loves talking to diners and gaining feedback, it gives The Oaks Restaurant an extra touch of character and an inviting ambience that you won’t find elsewhere.

Here are our Head Chef’s tips for making a perfect beef roast:

Look for marbling and fat

The term ‘marbling’ is used to describe the streaks of fat in lean meat, which, when rendered down in a hot oven, add flavour, moistness and juiciness to a roast. Choose a beef joint that has a thick layer of fat across the top to ensure that it doesn’t dry out during cooking.

Double check the basics

Always preheat your oven, set your rack in the centre and use a trivet so that the hot air can circulate around the meat and encourage an even roast.

Use a thermometer

It can be tricky to tell if your roast is rare, medium or well done just by looking at it. Use a roast calculator to figure out cooking times or use a meat thermometer to check the temperature in the thickest part of the joint: 60°C for rare, 70°C for medium and 80°C for well done.

Give the roast a break

Allow the roast to rest after cooking to allow the juices to run back into the meat and the fibres to relax. Wrap the joint loosely in foil and leave it on the countertop for at least 20 minutes before carving. Skim the fat off the resting juices to make a flavourful gravy. You can use this time to cook Yorkshire puddings, finish off roast potatoes and bake veggies.

 

Happy St George’s Day!

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Top 5 Beauty Tips

From lashes and cleansers to facials and manicures, here are our top 5 beauty tips on how to look and feel like a million bucks:

Tame your brows

Shape your eyebrows for an instant facelift. Just a few plucks will balance out your features and frame your eyes perfectly. If you fall foul to over-plucking use a brow pencil to fill in any patches.

Care for your skin

Drink lots of water to keep your skin looking fresh, take short showers to help retain moisture and always cleanse at the end of the day to prevent redness, clogged pores and spots. Follow up with a rich moisturiser suitable for your skin type to protect and soften. Treat yourself as often as you can to a Booster Facial to add radiance and shine to your skin – it ups blood circulation and improves skin tone.

Curl your eyelashes

Open up your eyes by gently curling your eyelashes – you’ll look more alert, younger and fresher with the aid of a simple eyelash curler.

Relax!

Your mood has an effect on your appearance so take care of your mind and body by eating well, exercising regularly and making space for leisure time. Hot stone massage is perfect for alleviating stress, relieving pain and promoting relaxation.

Get a manicure

Perfectly glossed nails are always on trend and an expert manicure will ensure your cuticles and nail bed are up to par at all times. Go short, round and dark for practicality or opt for long, tapered nails for ultimate glamour.

 

Contact Lin at beauty@bignellparkhotel.co.uk to learn more about the beauty treatments offered at Hart Beauty Salon, or add your own beauty tip to our Facebook page for a chance to win a 20 minute relaxation treatment! Good luck!