The Dining Room at Whatley Manor
As breathtakingly beautiful Cotswolds retreats go, Whatley Manor is unbeatable. The stunning country manor house is, quite simply, majestic. Home to 23 bedrooms, the Aquarias Spa, a 40-seat cinema, Grey’s Brasserie and the acclaimed restaurant, The Dining Room, Whatley Manor has everything you might need.
Rather than offering a tasting menu, executive head chef Niall Keating has compiled a true dining experience; a culinary journey of unforgettable destinations. Some dishes are delivered to your table by the chefs and you are invited into the kitchen for one course. Contemporary and classic styles are balanced in Niall’s use of ingredients and presentation, but his well-travelled background also shows in Asian influences.
Seated in front of a roaring fire, with a Whatley Manor cocktail in hand, we browsed the exquisite menu and sampled an appetiser of charcuterie from the manor. We were then invited into the kitchen for marinated pemelo with chilli and lime, tempura smoked eel and melon fresca. The fresh flavours and delightful textures proved the perfect prelude to the dining experience. The menu is varied and interesting, truly an exploration for the senses. We repeatedly proclaimed each course the favourite – needless to say, you’re in for a treat, from chorizo risotto with scallop, to the complex flavour of squid ink tortellini and the blissful Anjou pigeon. The matching wine flight made for a truly superlative dining experience, and one that will be remembered for all the right reasons.