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The Bybrook at The Manor House Hotel

CASTLE COMBE, Chippenham, SN14 7HR

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The Manor has held court in the village since the 14th century and remains at the centre of the action to this day, with its golf course and fine-dining restaurant among its armoury to lure the 21st-century adventurer. The soaring structure, knitted with verdant climbers, looks handsome from the outside, while the interior has been given a gentle contemporary sheen but remains traditional and classic where it counts. The hotel's restaurant, The Bybrook, is headed up by Richard Davies, as seen in the BBC's Great British Menu. The room is rich with period detail and pristine tables await. The kitchen's output is based on high quality ingredients, a good deal of which are sourced from the vicinity, and what doesn't carry the 'local' tag is tracked with due diligence. The hotel's garden provides herbs and flowers to bring a dash of seasonal colour to proceedings. A classical foundation to the dishes is matched by some nicely controlled modern culinary techniques. First-course flame-grilled mackerel partners the fish with celeriac remoulade and pink grapefruit, with an accompanying smoked eel beignet, while another combines hand-dived scallops with the assorted flavours and textures of apple, walnut, cauliflower and pickled shallot. Everything looks beautiful on the plate and every flavour and texture plays its part in creating the whole. Next up, slow-cooked loin of Brecon venison comes in the company of chestnuts, sautéed sprouts, roast salsify and blackberry jus, and Cornish pollock (caught by line) with chorizo risotto and smoked Palourde clams. The impressive technique and creativity continues with desserts such as a burnt butter parfait with green apple sorbet and apple crisp, or lemon cheesecake with anise ice cream and candied fennel. The 1,000-bin wine list contains lots of exciting things, and each dish on the menu has a recommended accompaniment.

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Tel: 01249 782206
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Mon-Tue

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Richard Davies
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 3
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 11 yrs.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

The Bybrook at The Manor House Hotel, Castle combe


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M4 junct 17, follow signs for Castle Combe via Chippenham
Nearest station: Chippenham

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