Esseborne Manor

Esseborne Manor


0.5 miles
Hurstbourne Tarrant, Andover, SP11 0ER
Surrounded by rolling fields and woodland, Esseborne Manor, which has stood in this setting for over 100 years, makes an appealing venue for an evening of fine dining. As we approached the country retreat we felt as though we were heading towards the welcome of somebody's home, and after entering the building the feeling lingered. We were greeted by friendly staff who seated us in the lounge area, which had a glowing open fire and floor-to-ceiling wine racks with bottles ready to accompany the cuisine.

Starting with an amuse bouche in the form of sun-dried tomato wrapped in Parma ham, and smoked salmon roulade with créme fraiche, we were then led through to the cosy dining room. After being seated we were invited to indulge in, compliments of the chef, an apple and melon jelly that was both sweet and refreshing, and the perfect palate cleanser before our starters. We sampled warm goat's cheese on a bed of cucumber and lettuce with pine nuts and tomatoes - the blend of flavours complementing each other beautifully, making each mouthful pleasurable - and the soft boiled egg with Osietra caviar and truffle cheese, which arrived masterfully presented with a flavour that was instantly committed to memory.

In between courses we were treated to a raspberry sorbet to keep our tastebuds on their toes, before being tempted by the main courses. The roast rump of lamb was tender and pink, drizzled in a thyme jus and served with delicate companions of fondant potato and ratatouille. The saddle of venison paired with creamed cabbage, saffron new potatoes and presented medium rare was an aromatic blend of flavours that were complemented by a rich, yet sweet, port sauce.

Desserts were ordered - only because of the irresistible assortment on the menu, not because we were in the slightest bit hungry. We ordered the baked apple, which sat upon a cinnamon biscuit and was perfectly partnered by vanilla ice cream, and the lemon and thyme creme brûlée. Both were delicious, sweet and a satisfying end to a truly wonderful meal.
+2Esseborne Manor
Opening Hours:
Mon:12pm-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Tues:12pm-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Weds:12pm-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Thurs:12pm-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Fri:12pm-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Sat:12pm-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm
Sun:12pm-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm

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