In the 2010 Michelin Star awards Martin Burge, Head Chef at Whatley Manor has retained his 2nd Michelin Star, awarded to him in 2009. Burge, aged 38, achieved his first star in January 2005, 18 months after the exclusive 23 bedroomed hotel opened in July 2003, in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. The award recognises his acclaimed cuisine in ‘The Dining Room’, where guests are treated to a gastronomic experience of classical French cuisine with a modern interpretation.
Commenting on the newly announced Michelin Star Awards, Burge said “I am delighted that we've retained our second star for 2010, as it reinforces the top quality food and overall dining experience that my brigade at The Dining Room delivers. Continuing to perform to some of the highest standards in the UK and consolidating our second star standard was our mission for last year. This year we will look to combine continued excellence with innovation and work on more recognition for our second restaurant at Whatley Manor, Le Mazot brasserie, which currently holds two red Michelin forks and spoons."
The Dining Room has 40 covers and is open for dinner, Wednesday – Sundays whilst Le Mazot has 70 covers and is open daily for lunch and dinner. This allows Burge the flexibility to rotate the brigade between the two restaurants in order that they can gain as much knowledge and experience of the two restaurant styles.
In the Dining Room he serves an á la carte and a tasting menu showcasing dishes such as ‘Braised snails set in garlic cassonade and topped with red wine sauce infused with veal kidney’ followed by a ‘Loin of local hare roasted dressed with smoked shallot puree lightly confit red cabbage and poached raisins’, with a choice of desserts to include ‘Chicory mousse layered with bitter coffee and mascarpone cream’.
Christian Landolt, owner of Whatley Manor commented “It is no surprise to me that Martin has retained his 2nd Michelin star for 2010. Last year was a superb year for Martin and his brigade at The Dining Room, with an increase in bookings following news of his second star, which has continued. A stay at Whatley Manor has always been a gastronomic delight and now Martin enjoys the established status of one of the UK's most outstanding chefs. Indeed he was voted 'Chef of the Year', by The Independent Magazine, as chosen by food critic John Walsh in the annual food awards announced in November 2009. We are all immensely proud of Martin's achievements at Whatley Manor and look forward to sampling his new menus for 2010."
Peter Egli, General Manager of Whatley Manor commented “2009 was a challenging year for most of us in the luxury hotel sector. However, with Martin's 2nd Michelin Star and the hugely positive impact that this produced for all of us at Whatley Manor, we have welcomed many new guests as well as old friends over the last 12 months. Whatley Manor is now undeniably a must on any food enthusiasts list for 2010.".
The Dining Room serves dinner Wednesday – Sunday. The À la carte menu in the Dining Room costs from £73 per person. The seven course tasting menu is £90 per person. Wine matching alongside the Tasting menu is an additional £60. Le Mazot, the brasserie is open daily for lunch and dinner. A three course lunch in Le Mazot costs from £32 excluding wine.
A one night stay at Whatley Manor costs from £295 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 822888 or visit the website at www.whatleymanor.com.
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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 2004, Mr Peter Egli, General Manager oversees the overall management and operations.
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Biography: Martin Burge
Burge was brought up in Bristol and originally trained at Brunel Technical College. Having graduated with distinctions his first job was under Michael Croft at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath he moved to London with Croft to run the kitchen at Mirabelle. Martin then moved on to work with Richard Neat at Pied a Terre. The opportunity to work with Raymond Blanc at ‘Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons’ beckoned and he worked his way up to junior Sous Chef. After three years he had the opportunity to go to Raffles in Singapore to assist John Burton Race. On returning to the UK he continued working with Burton Race at L’Ortolan, as senior Sous Chef. Soon after L’Ortolan, at the age of 27, he became head chef and moved with Burton Race to ‘The Landmark’ in London. For the last year they worked together Burge was running the restaurant whilst Burton Race was filming in France. In 2003 Martin moved to Wiltshire to set up the two restaurants at Whatley Manor. In January 2005, 18 months after the exclusive 23 bedroomed hotel opened he was awarded his first Michelin star. In January 2009 Michelin awarded a second star for his acclaimed cuisine in ‘The Dining Room’. In June 2009 the BMW Square Meal award for ‘Best UK restaurant 2009’ was awarded to Martin for his cuisine served in The Dining Room. In November 2009 The Independent voted Burge ‘Chef of the Year’.