Shendish Manor - The Orangery Restaurant

Shendish Manor - The Orangery Restaurant


0.5 miles
London Road, Apsley, HP3 0AA
Shendish Manor Hotel and Restaurant is an impressive manor house set in 200 beautiful acres. On arrival, we were welcomed into a convivial bar area with lounge seating where diners relaxed, sipping on their pre-dinner drinks. The Orangery Restaurant is located on the ground floor and decked out with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beautifully-kept grounds. Although the setting and service is formal, the ambience is pleasantly informal and on our visit there was a mixed clientele of diners - all overseen by a calm and professional maitre d'. The European menu is inventive and delicious, consisting of a set table d'hote option or à la carte. We selected from both and were superbly rewarded with favoured French classics served just as they should be. The chef's imaginative touches in all dishes showed a real creative flair for flavour combinations.

From the table d'hote menu, which offered a choice of two or three courses, we chose poached duck egg set on toasted brioche, resting on a glossy, peppery watercress salad enlivened by fresh horseradish and an excellent dressing. This was followed by red wine-poached skate wing - a real triumph, delicate white flesh on the inside, a darkened red wine colour on the outside, with a sublime caper and parsley butter sauce, set on perfectly al dente green beans. For dessert, a classic tarte tatin comprising plump caramelised apples on butter pastry with creme fraiche - delicious. My companion chose a starter of chicken liver foie gras parfait with poached baby figs and shiraz dressing, followed by an entrée of perfectly cooked fillet of beef with oxtail crust and lemon-roasted vegetables, both from the à la carte. To finish the meal, a classic creme brûlée with a novel twist - caramel glaze infused with absinthe. The restaurant also boasts an extensive classically-influenced wine list with some notable surprises.

Shendish Manor is ideally placed close to the busy town of Hemel Hempstead, and offers a retreat for those who wish to escape the bustle and enjoy an excellent meal overlooking classical English surroundings.
+2Shendish Manor - The Orangery Restaurant
Opening Hours:
Mon:12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Tues:12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Weds:12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Thurs:12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Fri:12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Sat:12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Sun:12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm

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