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Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa

Easton Grey, MALMESBURY, SN16 0RB

4 rosettes

This Cotswold-stone manor hotel has a delicious blend of historic charm and new-world luxury. The finish is luxurious sure enough, but there is a lot of personality to the place, and it doesn't take very long to feel at home. As well as 12 acres of utterly charming grounds - manicured gardens, flower-filled meadows, wild woodland - there's a first-class spa, even a cinema, and a couple of dining options that put the hotel on the national culinary map. Martin Burge is the man behind the output of both Le Mazot (the brasserie choice) and The Dining Room (the fine-dining hot seat). He 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 for over a decade now. Le Mazot is going for the Swiss chalet vibe with lots of blond wood and a roaring fire, plus tables on the terrace when the weather allows. With a menu going from moules marinière to fillet of salmon in a Thai broth, or a steak cooked on a hot stone at the table, Le Mazot offers sterling support to the headlining Dining Room. The Dining Room is a quietly refined space with a pale bamboo floor, buttermilk walls and subtle lighting, while the cooking is French-focused, contemporary and looks beautiful on the plate. The produce is top-notch, such as a first-course loin of local hare, roasted and dressed with a smoked shallot purée, and served with lightly confit red cabbage and poached raisins. There are acute technical skills on display among main courses, too; roasted loin of venison, for example, partnered with game sausage, confit chestnuts and a peppered brandy sauce, or dish of pan-fried sea bass with caramelised langoustine tail, truffle and shellfish macaroni. There's real finesse in desserts, too, like a chocolate and praline soufflé with an accompanying lemongrass ice cream, or a show-stopping black truffle ice cream with lightly creamed Roquefort, deep-fried Crottin and candied walnuts. There's a tasting menu option of course, plus a wine list containing lots of interesting options, with the sommelier on hand to help you find just what you fancy.

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Tel: 01666 822888
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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.
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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