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The Bybrook at The Manor House, an Exclusive Hotel & Golf Club

AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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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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Confident cooking in a pretty medieval village

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At a glance

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

The Manor House at the heart the unspoilt medieval village of Castle Combe has been around since the 14th century, and remains the centre of the action to this day with a golf course in its 365 acres of parkland, and high-flying contemporary country-house cooking. The Bybrook restaurant also exudes heritage and class with its mullioned windows, sober colours and pristine white linen, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about the food. The man heading up the kitchen is Rob Potter, whose cooking is defined by well-thought-out and enterprising ideas, clear flavours and razor-sharp accuracy, based, of course, on top-drawer ingredients, some supplied by the hotel's kitchen garden and estate – the slow-cooked duck eggs, for example, that appear in a starter with an entertaining medley of duck ham, pickled shimeji mushrooms, Wiltshire truffle and parmesan salad. Next up, braised Gigha halibut could be teamed with lettuce, mussels, cockles, and a classic chive beurre blanc sauce, while loin and faggot of Salisbury Plain fallow deer come with parsnip purée, sprouts, salsify and bacon, all brought together by a fruity sloe gin sauce. The impressive technique and creativity continues with prettily presented desserts such as Brillat Savarin cheesecake, its decadent creaminess offset by a trenchant trio of confit lemon, and blackberry sorbet and jelly.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Robert Potter

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 25
  • Wines over £30: 300
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 3

Facilities

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 100
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 100

Getting here

M4 junction 17, follow signs for Castle Combe via Chippenham

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