famous for its English Heritage castle, is geographically in a quadrant with
Warwick, Coventry and Royal Leamington Spa, firmly in Warwickshire’s
terrain.Having a small town High Street
with a number of restaurants already in-situ, Marco’s is a welcomed
Marco’s is within the Holiday Inn
Hotel building at the top of the High Street and although signage is present,
it is good to be acquainted with this fact ahead of travelling as some may be
looking for a standalone restaurant rather than knowing it is part of another
establishment.Having taken over from
the previous restaurant incumbents, Marco’spatronage includes hotel
guests, tourists and locals.
to its Stratford Upon Avon counterpart, the décor consists of Italian/New York
inspired object d’art and the signature MPW black, studded seating and red tableware
is present with pictures of Marco himself adorning the walls. The Italian/American influence is evident
throughout and taking a sweeping glance throughout the menu, there were a good
number of vegetarian options available.However, I would’ve liked to have seen a vegetarian option in the Burger
section as it would’ve been nice to sample Marco’s burger offering (veggie
with my Mum recently one Saturday lunchtime, we started off by enjoying a
selection of Breads & Olives with a cocktail each.The bread was warm and fresh and came with an
olive oil/balsamic vinegar dip and the large olives were well marinated making the whole ensemble delicious as an
Cocktail and Mocktail list contained a good selection, using a wide combination
of ingredients.Mum had the Ciroc
Sour which was vodka and melon based with hints of lychee and
elderflower, which she said was refreshing with just the right amount of
alcohol for it not to be overpowering.I
had the Forest Fizz Mocktail which had a seasonal fruity base with
cranberry juice and almonds topped with cream and it was absolutely delightful,
although with the cream content, I feel I should have chosen it after dessert
as it would work more appropriately post-meal.I also tried the Pear Mojito (pear juice, mint and
lime) which was fruity yet palette cleansing and moreish.
Starters, Mum chose the Baked Field Mushrooms with Spinach and Blue
Cheese.She commented it was a
pleasant, enjoyable dish.The cheese
wasn’t too strong which she liked, but she did feel there was a little too many
rocket leaves and she would’ve welcomed something in lieu of the excess leaves
perhaps and a little extra seasoning for the mushrooms would have enhanced
them.But overall, a very nice starter.
Cheese Arancini Risotto Fritters with Tomato & Basil Salsa.It worked very well as a starter, the rice
and cheese combined gave a nice sticky texture and the salsa that accompanied
it was definitely needed and was a good contrast against the arancini balls.
our Main Course, I opted for the Pumpkin Tortellini with Sage Butter
and Mum had the Lamb Rump with Italian Beans and Rosemary & Garlic New Potatoes.We had side orders of Seasonal Greens and Roasted
Mediterranean Vegetables to share between us.The greens consisted of broccoli spears,
broad beans, courgettes and spinach whilst the vegetables included peppers,
onions and courgettes which were seasoned well.
came as a good, hearty portion, they had a strong, salty flavour but it worked
well and had a delicious aftertaste.The
side dishes were definitely needed to break up each forkful of tortellini as it
would have been too much of the same thing otherwise.But a really, nice dish and one I would definitely
chose how she wanted her lamb cooked, but upon receipt of it, she decided to
have it cooked a little more which our waitress was more than happy to arrange
for her.This was mentioned at the time
of ordering that it could be re-done if required which she felt was a positive
gesture and gave her the confidence to ask for this when it was needed without
her feeling awkward.
potatoes that accompanied the lamb she described as gorgeous and she enjoyed the
additional Italian Beans that came with it and stated they were tasty and
pleasantly lightly spiced.
Dessert, Mum chose Marco’s Tiramisu which she commented had a nice blend of
flavours, the alcohol soaked sponge made it punchy and overall, it was a very
light, lovely dish.
had theMelting Chocolate Truffle
Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream. I did also have my eye on the
Ice Cream Float and not being able to choose between the two, I asked
if the ice cream that came with the cake could have a splash of Limoncello– so
I could have the best of both desserts!Indeed with my cake, I was given a shot of Limoncello which I drizzled a
little on the ice cream and drank the rest doubling up splendidly as a liqueur
to conclude the meal with.The cake was
rich, fudgy and dense and a must-have for any chocolate fan!
finale for our meal, we both had a cappuccino for which we had bespoke requests
for and they were brought to us as we had ordered them which was good.The size of the cappuccinos was also just
right – not too small, not too big.
a good selection for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike teamed with a tempting
cocktail/mocktail menu.The restaurant
encompasses a stylish, contemporary yet relaxing setting with excellent customer
service on hand to complement your dining experience at Marco’s.
Disclosure: This post has been written following a kind invitation from Marco's Kenilworth to sample their menu. This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review. For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website.