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The Bybrook at The Manor House Hotel

CASTLE COMBE, Chippenham, SN14 7HR

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The Manor House at the heart of the unspoilt medieval village of Castle Combe has been around since the 14th century, buffered by 365 acres of parkland. Nowadays, an 18-hole golf course draws those with an interest in stick swinging, and the high-flying contemporary country-house cooking in the Bybrook restaurant also provides a powerful attraction. The dining room is a sober setting exuding class with its mullioned windows, muted colours and pristine white linen, and the man heading up the kitchen is Richard Davies, whose face may be familiar to armchair cooks after appearances in the BBC's Great British Menu. His menus are built around well-thought-out and enterprising, though not deliberately startling, modern British ideas based, of course, on tip-top ingredients, a good deal of them sourced from the vicinity - the hotel's garden provides herbs and flowers to bring a dash of seasonal colour to proceedings. There's no stinting on the truffles in a first-course risotto teamed with crisp-coated chicken oyster beignets and parsley purée, while another delivers an on-trend, slow-cooked duck egg with the assorted flavours and textures of pickled shimeji mushrooms, foie gras, celeriac velouté and pancetta. Next up, the robust flavour of pan-fried turbot fillet is matched with ceps, a fricassée of celeriac and pancetta and sherry jelly, while rump of lamb comes with cauliflower couscous, golden raisins and chocolate. The impressive technique and creativity continues with a dessert involving a capsule of mandarin cream with jasmine ice cream and raspberry meringue. While the spectacular wine list contains lots of exciting things for those with sufficient means, the sommelier has also pulled out a generous offering of good-value bottles.

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Tel: 01249 782206
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Open/closed

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.

 

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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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