Within minutes of arriving at the Holiday Inn Nottingham Sherwood Park we were checked in and settled into our room.
Decorated in rich colours there was a comfy double bed, leather armchair, writing desk, ﬂat screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities.
The striking bathroom was kitted out with a huge shower, complementary toiletries and bathrobes.
After settling in we headed down to the Dakota Bar and Grill for our dinner, and were quickly seated at a table in the cosy restaurant.
Intensely proud of its simple and locally-sourced seasonal menu, which uses the very best produce from the British Isles, the restaurant opens to the public as well as residents for lunch and dinner.
We ordered drinks and enjoyed some fresh bread and olive oil while browsing the impressive menu.
After much discussion I went for the smoked salmon to start, followed by the 28 day aged rib eye steak, while my husband opted for creamy mushrooms on toast followed by sea bass with risotto.
My generous portion of smoked salmon was divine, and the mushrooms on toast were creamy, rich and flavoursome.
The steak was a perfect medium rare and came with crisp chips, grilled mushroom, tomato and watercress. The sea bass was again expertly cooked and the risotto creamy.
The choice of deserts proved too tempting to pass by. The cherry and almond pie with clotted cream was a lovely balance of sharpness and sweet, while the Bailey’s creme brulee was a delight.
If you are looking for good food in a modern and cosy setting, then the Dakota Bar and Grill is for you.
And the Standard has teamed up with the Dakota to offer one lucky reader a three-course dinner for two (excluding drinks) and an overnight stay.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question. How many bedrooms does the hotel have?
Mark your answer ‘Dakota Bar and Grill competition’ and email your entry to email@example.com or post to The Gainsborough Standard, 5-7 Market Place, Gainsborough, DN21 2BP.
The closing date for entries is Friday 27th July and winners will be contacted by phone so remember to include a daytime contact number.
Normal Standard competition rules apply.