Expect a warm welcome when at the elegant Esseborne Manor, known as a popular hot spot for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
The seven-course tasting menu is an indulgent way to sample the seasonal cooking of the accomplished chefs. First up was a basket of beautifully baked breads and butter. I loved the starter of Dutch-influenced crispy cheese, caulifl ower and apple. Next came fish courses of miso-glazed scallop in a velvety almond sauce and juicy plaice with mussels. It was impossible to choose a favourite meat course as both the lamb and poussin dishes were accompanied by masterful combinations of textures and flavours. Sweet-toothed diners will love having two desserts, first a creamy peach mousse with mint granita and peach cake, followed by the stunning finale to the feast, mandarin panna cotta, jelly, ice cream and biscuit, which perfectly combined sweet, sharp and spicy notes in a lovely seasonal platter. All dishes were stylishly presented, with savoury courses garnished with pretty micro greens and herbs grown locally. The menu can also be accompanied by a carefully selected flight of wine.
The dining experience at Esseborne is made extra special by the beautiful surroundings, peaceful atmosphere and immaculate service. This family-run country house hotel has gourmet food and customer care at its heart; visitors can look forward to being well fed and well looked after.