Whatley Manor, the private manor house hotel near Easton Grey in Wiltshire has scored an impressive 8 out of 10 to secure a coveted 14th place in the 2011 Good Food Guide’s top 60 restaurants in the UK for its fine dining restaurant, ‘The Dining Room’*.
The Good Food Guide celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and says that standards in the south west show no signs of slipping with a number of west country restaurants making the grade.
Having received consistent praise for his cuisine Whatley Manor’s Head Chef, Martin Burge can now add an impressive 8 out of 10 to the Michelin two stars that he achieved in 2009 and retained this year. This score is defined in The Good Food Guide as “A kitchen cooking close to or at the top of its game – highly individual, showing faultless technique and impressive artistry in dishes that are perfectly balanced for flavour, combination and texture. There is little room for disappointment here”.
In particular the guide described his dishes as having “maintained and now stepped up a cracking pace for food that is emphatically contemporary and yet not given to crackpot combinations or conceptual gimmickry”. It went on to say that “it all seems perfectly judged and executed with scintillating technical acuity”. In particular they praised the dessert of ‘Black Truffle Ice Cream with creamed Roquefort, deep-fried goat's cheese, candied walnuts and poached pear’ and declared it a “sensual, savoury-sweet triumph”.
Commenting on the news Martin Burge said “The guide is based upon guests writing into the Good Food Guide commenting on their own dining experiences. It’s great to have had so many guests write in and to have been recognised with the 8 out of 10 score”
General Manager Peter Egli commented “We are immensely proud to have achieved this rating and recognition from the Good Food Guide. It’s a great reward for Head Chef Martin Burge and his hard working loyal brigade. The guest experience starts the moment they are welcomed and every member of the team has a part to play. This achievement is incredibly motivating for us to continue to perform to the highest standards”
The Dining Room serves dinner Wednesday – Sunday. The À la carte menu in ‘The Dining Room’ costs £73.00 per person. The seven course tasting menu is £90.00 per person. Wine matching alongside the Tasting menu is an additional £60. Le Mazot, the brasserie is open daily for lunch and dinner. A two-course set lunch in Le Mazot costs from £17.00 excluding wine.
A la carte menus from £32.00.
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 http://www.whatleymanor.com
Whatley Manor is a member of Relais & Châteaux
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* In the 2010 guide last year Whatley Manor scored 7 out of 10 and was 29th in the top 50 restaurants.
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 2004, Mr Peter Egli, General Manager oversees the overall management and operations. Whatley Manor is a member of Relais & Chateaux.