The Mitre, Hampton Court offers eclectic English beauty at every corner

AS The Signet Collection’s inaugural hotel, The Mitre’s timeless and enticing allure is entirely understandable. Having opened in September 2020, the Grade II-listed Surrey property is a mere 35 minutes away from central London and is the closest hotel to Hampton Court Palace – the home of Henry VIII.

Mirroring the palace’s glamorous aesthetic, the hotel was built in 1665 as a hostel for visitors to King Charles II. Brimming with history and imperial magnificence, the hotel is ideal for those wanting to indulge in a lifestyle akin to the Royals’.

However, there’s much more to the hotel’s impressive location than just Hampton Court Palace. Set on the banks of the River Thames, guests can benefit from unbeatable views of London’s babbling brook whilst enjoying drink and food at the hotel’s exclusive Whispering Angel Boat Shack Bar or 1665, a relaxed riverside brasserie.

If that isn’t already tempting enough, The Mitre also offer exclusive self-drive boat trips, canoeing and paddle boarding sessions where one can absorb South West London’s scenic landscape from the river.

Naturally, the hotel’s views are one of its most enticing features. But its elegant dining options offer strong competition. With ample space available for groups and business ventures, The Mitre has mastered the art of creating buzzy, atmospheric culinary venues.

Upon taking my seat at an intimate table in 1665’s private dining room, it becomes evident that the entire layout has been planned to precision. As staff quickly hurry to attend to our every need, plates of delectable cuisine make an appearance.

Opting to try a range of the brasserie’s signature starters, I indulge in crispy squid accompanied with garlic aioli, Tamworth pork chipolatas bathed in a gentle maple glaze and grilled flatbread with harissa hummus.

With main options of torched mackerel with celeriac remoulade or spring lamb pave, we’re clearly spoilt for choice. Served with expert wine pairings organised by Frederick Taylor, The Signet Collection’s head sommelier, The Mitre has curated a polished and sophisticated gastronomic experience.

Meanwhile, if guests feel peckish throughout the day or need a bite to eat after taking an afternoon stroll around East Molesey’s eclectic high street, The Mitre’s CopperNose café is just a few doors down. Taking its name from Henry VIII’s interest in cheap currency, the convivial dining space offers fresh local pastries, breads, teas, superb coffees and much more.

As an added surprise, just above CopperNose lies four more rooms – available to hire out together as a family unit. Calling upon the talent of interior design expert Nicola Harding for the décor, The Mitre’s rooms all possess strong historical charm. From Egyptian cotton sheets to four-poster beds, the hotel’s 36 rooms are all individually designed and tailored to offer a unique, distinct aesthetic.

Overall, The Mitre is The Signet Collection’s metropolitan marvel. The fact that many visitors to the hotel are repeat guests is no shock. Encompassing modern hospitality with unparalleled culinary concoctions and historic influence, The Mitre is perfect for families, couples and solo travellers alike.

by Sophie Richardson

For more information and to book, please visit here. Room prices start at £120 per night based on two people sharing a double room on a B&B basis.