Wiltshire’s only Michelin-two starred Head Chef Martin Burge at Whatley Manor retains second star for seventh year
In the Michelin Guide awards for 2015, which was released on 25th September, Whatley Manor’s Head Chef Martin Burge, has retained his Michelin two-stars for ‘The Dining Room’, for a seventh consecutive year, making it Wiltshire’s only restaurant to hold this culinary accolade.
Burge joined Whatley Manor, near Malmesbury, when the 23 bedroom Wiltshire hotel first opened in July 2003. There he set up the hotel’s fine dining restaurant ‘The Dining Room’ and ‘Le Mazot’ the casual brasserie. He went on to achieve his first star in January 2005, 18 months after the hotel opened, followed by a second star in 2009.
The Michelin stars recognise his acclaimed cuisine in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant ‘The Dining Room’, where guests are treated to a gourmet experience of classical French cuisine with a modern interpretation.
The 2015 guide continues to be a benchmark for the finest cuisine in the UK, with 3,998 eating establishments included, of which Whatley Manor is one of only 21 establishments in the UK to have two stars. The award of two stars denotes a restaurant that represents ‘excellent cooking, worth a detour’.
Commenting on the news, Burge said “I am absolutely thrilled that we’ve retained our second star for 2015. I recognise that this achievement would not be possible without the complete dedication and passion of my team. Going forward it’s about continuing the evolution of our modern dishes whilst keeping to their classic roots. It’s very important to me that we give our guests the depth of flavour in every dish”.
The Dining Room has 40 covers and is open for dinner, Wednesday – Sundays whilst the hotel’s brasserie style restaurant, Le Mazot, has 70 covers and is open daily for lunch and dinner.
In the Dining Room he serves an á la carte and a tasting menu showcasing dishes such as ‘Langoustine tail Caramelised, served with confit chicken oysters, Swiss chard and cauliflower purée’. This might be followed by ‘Royal squab pigeon poached and roasted dressed with foie gras cassonade, pomme soufflé and Pedro Ximenez sauce’. For desserts the choice includes ‘White chocolate sphere filled with a pistachio kirsch mousse and compote of cherries’.
Gurval Durand, General Manager of Whatley Manor commented, “I am delighted with this wonderful news. To maintain the high standards that Michelin require of us each year I would like to pay tribute to Martin and his dedicated team who work seamlessly with the restaurant team to create such an exceptional dining experience for our guests. I feel confident that their passion will ensure that Whatley Manor will continue to be a destination for food enthusiasts”.
The Dining Room serves dinner Wednesday – Sunday. The à la carte menu in ‘The Dining Room’ costs from £85 per person. The seven course tasting menu is £110 per person. Wine matching alongside the tasting menu is an additional £65. Le Mazot, the brasserie is open daily for lunch and dinner. A three-course lunch in Le Mazot costs from £35 excluding wine.
A one night stay at Whatley Manor costs from £315 for a standard room including bed and breakfast, full use of the award winning spa Aquarias, vat and 10% discretionary service charge.
For further information and to book call Whatley Manor on 01666 822 888 or visit the website at www.whatleymanor.com. Whatley Manor is a member of Relais & Châteaux.
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Notes of Editors:
Whatley Manor opened in July 2003 following three and a half years of extensive restoration. The Landolt family independently own Whatley Manor - Mrs Alix Landolt and Mr Christian Landolt. Since March 2014, Mr Gurval Durand oversees the overall management and operations.
Recent Accolades include:
AA Inspectors Choice Hotel – Five Red Stars - Four Rosettes
Two Michelin stars retained by head chef Martin Burge
Grands Chef Status Relais & Châteaux
Good Food Guide 2013 8/10. Top 20 restaurants in the UK
The Dining Room 23/100 – The Sunday Times Food List 2011 in association with Harden’s
Biography: Martin Burge
Martin began his career at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath with Michael Croft, who was Head Chef at the time, having graduated with distinctions from Brunel Technology College in Bristol. He followed Croft to London working at the renowned Mirabelle restaurant. His first taste of a Michelin star establishment was at Pied a Terre under the watchful eye of Richard Neat and the proprietor, David Moore. The opportunity to work with Raymond Blanc at ‘Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons’ beckoned and Martin worked his way up to the position of Sous Chef. Martin then met John Burton Race whilst working at ‘Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons’ and eventually he went to work with Burton-Race at L’Ortolan as Senior Sous Chef where he was soon promoted to Head Chef at the age of 27. Burton Race decided to uproot and move his restaurant to ‘The Landmark Hotel’, Marylebone, London. They successfully retained the accolades and achieved two Michelin stars in just one year.
In 2003 Martin left London to return to his west country roots where he became Head Chef for the opening of Whatley Manor in Wiltshire. Here he oversees both the fine dining restaurant – ‘The Dining Room’ and the brasserie style restaurant, ‘Le Mazot’. In the last 7 years he has achieved numerous accolades, attaining his first Michelin star in January 2005. In September 2008 the AA awarded ‘The Dining Room’ four AA rosettes and in January 2009 Michelin awarded Burge a second star for his acclaimed cuisine. This was swiftly followed in June 2009 with the BMW Square Meal award for ‘Best Out of Town UK Restaurant 2009’ and in November of the same year The Independent voted Burge ‘Chef of the Year’. In August 2010 The Good Food Guide listed ‘The Dining Room’ in the top 20 restaurants in the UK with a score rating of 8 out of 10.
Martin is recognised as ‘Grands Chef’ by Relais & Châteaux and awarded the ‘Grands Chef Trophy 2011’. In April 2013 Martin took part in the prestigious Relais & Châteaux ’Dîner des Grands Chefs’ hosted in London alongside 45 Grands Chefs from around the world. In 2015 Martin will take part in the St Moritz Gourmet Food festival.
TV Credits; Martin has participated in the semi-finals of ‘MasterChef; The Professionals’ 2010 and has appeared as a judge in the finals since 2008.