Walking in the door of the Casino’s heritage entrance hall, you are transported to an Alpine lodge. With LCD screens arranged as window panes depicting a view of snow-capped mountains and roaring fires, plenty of timber panelling and not one, but two antlered deer on the wall, you can’t help but think you have just stepped off the mountain from a hard day’s skiing. Combine that with fairy lit pine trees, scattered tartan cushions, faux fur rugs, and a selection of comfy seating options, suddenly winter doesn’t seem so bad after all.
Then there’s the menu. Although limited, it offers some classic winter treats. There’s hot buttered rum, and my personal favourite, the salted caramel hot chocolate made with Makers Mark and wattle toffee liqueur; it definitely warms up the insides. Cider fans don’t miss out either offered a choice of hot or cold Rekorderlig spiced apple cider.
If the drinks aren’t decadent enough, you can indulge in a Zeppole, cinnamon and sugared Italian donut complete with your choice of one of four delicious toppings such as brandy cream or whipped ricotta. It’s definitely hard to say ‘no’ to one of these.
A three-piece jazz band fills the room with music, but not in an overpowering way. It’s still easy to have a conversation and not have to shout which makes this venue ideal for a cosy catch up.
With live entertainment each night, The Lodge is the perfect place to escape the cold. Drop in for a post dinner nightcap, or make a night of it. The Lodge is open from 5pm – 1am Friday and Saturday nights until 19th August. Entry from Station road.