The Traders at Holiday Inn
2nd May 2013
The Holiday Inn is situated just off the A1 on Emmerson road behind Crowther industrial estate and was very easy to find. We walked through the main door and into reception which was light and airy, and spotted the restaurant straight ahead of us. Although the Traders is situated inside the Holiday Inn it is open to the public and not just to those staying at the hotel. Talking to Richard the restaurant manager he told us that a large chunk of his business came from non residents and especially on a Sunday for their Carvery which is very popular, and he has regulars which have benn coming for years.
The restaurant has a very simple modern design which really works. There is no clutter and the tables are nicely spaced so you don't feel squashed in. There are also lovely views across green fields which with the light nights really added to the calming feel of the room.
We were seated by the window and presented with the menu which had a lot of choice. I decided to start with grilled goats cheese on thick toast with side salad, Stephen had the soup of the day, leek and potato. The starters arrived very promptly and were delicious. Often in restaurants when you order goats cheese it's a tiny round piece but this was a decent portion and perfectly cooked so that it still held its shape but was nicely warm.
Our main courses were cod loin wrapped in smoked salmon on a bed of spinach served with new potatoes and a creamy fish sauce. Stephen went for Chicken breast with bacon and chedder cheese served with side salad and potato wedges. Both were a big portion, which was pleasing to see. The Cod was really nice and wrapped in the smoked salmon really complemented the flavours. The new potatoes were roasted which gave them a lovely crunch to their edge and was something a little different from just boiling them!!
Both of us really wanted a dessert but were full and couldn't fit one in. This was a shame as the puds did look good. We couldn't even fit in their mini puds with coffee which I thought was a really nice idea.
I had never eaten at the Traders before and was pleasantly surprised at how much it didn't feel like a hotel restaurant. They have a great menu which would cater for families or just a couple and is certainly somewhere I would go back to.
Posted by Mark at 4:07pm