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Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa

Easton Grey, MALMESBURY, SN16 0RB

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The manor house is late Victorian and was originally part of the farmland estate of a rear admiral and his family. Its winning good looks made it perfect for transformation into a magnificent country-house hotel. There's a strong sense of stepping back in time as you pass through the huge doors, although the principal dining room is an understated modern place, with cream walls, bare floors and a measure of space around each table. Formidable culinary pyrotechnics await: Martin Burge has worked with some big-name players over the years, including a stint as Raymond Blanc's right-hand-man at Le Manoir, and has been leading the line here since 2003, so you can expect supremely skilled cooking that delivers dishes full of complexity and intensities of flavour, presented with elegance. The evening format is a six-course tasting menu, opening perhaps with honey-glazed duck breast accompanied by Iberico ham, foie gras and puréed pistachios, ahead of a sublime fish combination of lightly seared scallop, John Dory and battered cod cheek napped in bouillabaisse consommé. The main meat might be gloriously gamey venison loin with its own sausage and confit chestnuts in peppered brandy sauce, before the famous cheese presentation of deep-fried crottin and creamed Roquefort with black truffle ice cream and candied walnuts. A pair of desserts offers liquorice pannacotta, blackberry granité and pear sorbet, followed by the rousing finale of apple and maple syrup cheesecake with caramelised pecans. The extras, from a variety of breads and palate-priming canapés to intricate petits fours, all help to create a complete package. The pre-arranged wine flight with dinner is well worth the extra outlay.

Further information

Tel: 01666 822888
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Open/closed

Open all year.
Days closed: Mon-Tue
Days closed for lunch: all week

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern French
Chef: Martin Burge
Number of seats: 40
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 5
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
No children under 12 yrs.
Parking available.

 
 
Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa, Malmesbury
  • Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa, Malmesbury
  • Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa, Malmesbury

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M4 junct 17, follow signs to Malmesbury, continue over 2 rdbts. Follow B4040 & signs for Sherston, hotel 2m on left
Nearest station: Chippenham

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