Poached Eggs with Grilled Tomato.
Champneys Tring, Hertforsdhire.
Spending three days at Champneys doing nothing else than working out, being pampered and eating healthily, I can now say that I happily will return anytime. The original Georgian building once belonged to the Rothschild Family and has been a Health spa of some kind since 1925, when Stanley Lief first opened as a ‘Nature Cure Resort’.
It now offers 92 rooms and 170 acres of gardens to enjoy along thalassotherapy, kriotherapy, acupuncture, massage and other variety of treatments. The food is excellent and very fresh. Buffet is provided for breakfast and lunch and a la carte menu is available for dinner.
I only found one tiny complaint: eggs of any kind are not part of the breakfast buffet, although can be ordered for a small charge. I don’t find fried eggs drying up on a bain marie that appealing, but I do enjoy a tray full of soft scrambled eggs to scoop from a breakfast menu. Instead I had to order the dish from the picture, poached eggs with grilled tomato on brown toast. I am not a big fan of grilled tomato unless it is very well grilled and its sweetness becomes caramelised. This tomato was well done and plum (it would have been nicer cherry or beef, but not bad).
The eggs on the other hand were a bit disappointing. The waitress offered them ‘hard or soft’, which I always find strange as I understand they should be neither but just right in the middle. To avoid being served two hard boiled eggs, I asked for ‘soft please’. They came looking marvellous but I soon realised they were overdone to the point that the yolk of one of them was already turning a light shade of yellow with not a trace of runny, orange creaminess. The other egg showed a feint of liquid glow but failed to satisfy my expectations. Next time I will be more specific or I will try a nice looking white egg omelette with spinach that I spotted on a table near by.
On the bright side, this means thatI have an excuse to return to Champneys soon.