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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Dynamic cooking and interior design dazzle

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Towers and turrets mark the spot within the 45 acres of land surrounding this impressive stately manor, built by a son of Sir Robert Peel. These days it’s a divertingly stylish restaurant with rooms, a moniker that signifies the importance of dining to the operation, with a kitchen garden providing its bounty and the dynamic contemporary cooking of Rob Palmer in the offing. The design of the place is timelessly tasteful; the part-panelled dining room is a mix of traditional comfort and contemporary sophistication, while the staff are just as engaging as the setting. The format sees three tasting menus vying for your attention – two four-course options, the more expensive of which features Wagyu beef – and a full-throttle seven-course menu that includes all the bells and all the whistles. Flavour combinations are not designed to shock – beetroot and goats’ cheese for example – but what arrives on the plate is creative, pretty as a picture, and never less than delicious. A fish course sees monkfish with barbecue sauce and salsify, or smoked eel with samphire and kohlrabi, while game could crop up as hare with black garlic, seeds and grains. Chocolate, sherry and vanilla come together in an outstanding finale, and if you’ve room, the artisan cheese course, with apricot and walnut bread, should not be missed. A drinks flight is chosen with genuine care and attention. The afternoon tea, taken in the stylish parlour and beginning with a bit of live chef action, is a proper treat.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Rob Palmer

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 109
  • Wines by the glass: 45

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 3
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 28
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

M42 junction 6 follow signs for A45 (Birmingham). At 1st roundabout, 1st exit onto B4438 (Catherine de Barnes Lane). Left into Shadowbrook Lane.

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Nearest train station

Birmingham International, Hampton in Arden
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