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Luxury spa hotel cooking at Whatley Manor

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At a glance

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

A feeling of anticipation builds as the gated entrance opens into Whatley Manor’s cobbled courtyards of honeystone Cotswold buildings – and that’s as it should be because the Victorian manor house has long sat in the top flight of the UK’s country house hotels. The Dining Room is rightly at the heart of the Whatley experience, an understated modern space, with cream walls, bare floors and a generously spaced tables. Niall Keating leads the kitchen team here and his refined contemporary cooking draws inspiration from Asia and France – this is serious food, realized with ambition, confidence and panache. Delivered via a 12-course tasting menu, including a vegetarian version, phenomenal precision and flavours are there from the off in lobster custard and meaty chicken broth pointed up with caviar, then the umami explosion of raw oyster with seaweed mignonette dressing. Produce is, naturally, as good as you can get, and flavours and textures come pin sharp, whether it’s a delicate composition of salmon with turnip, ham and caviar, or the big, bold hit of pigeon with kohlrabi, spiced date purée and horseradish. A barrage of desserts offers ideas such as matcha with yoghurt and milk crisp, and wine flights of revelatory pairings line up to enhance the whole experience further.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday to Wednesday
  • Closed for lunch: Thursday, Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 1
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Niall Keating

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British with Asian influences
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 722
  • Wines by the glass: 48

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from: £120
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 5
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 46
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

M4 junction 17, follow signs to Malmesbury, continue over 2 roundabouts. Follow B4040 and signs for Sherston, hotel 2 miles on left.

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