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|Address:||Manor House Hotel & Golf Club, Castle Combe, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 7HR|
|Price: £54.00||Wine: £24.00||Champagne: £50.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri, Sun 12.30-2pm Mon-Sun 7-9.30pm|
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One Sunday in early Feb we reached a beautiful country manor house in a scenic Wiltshire village made all the more so by the snowy conditions. A well preserved, generously proportioned interior of dark heavy wood panelling greeted us until we were taken through to a light contemporary styled spacious dining room where a pianist was playing at a grand in one corner. The tone seemed set for an enjoyable lunch with friends despite the piano (depending upon your perspective) a little intrusive for me, but one in our party liked it enough to buy the pianist a drink.
Food could have been noteworthy except for : soggy bhaji in an otherwise very good spicy parsnip soup, disappointing fondant potato x 3 and a cool main of chicken with potato puree. 3 starters were completely demolished without comment. My main was served before the beef had been carved but I don’t know whether a hotter meal would have elevated it to impressive. My three co-diners relished most of their roast beef dishes. Desserts were faultless as were petit fours – divine Turkish delight not at all reminiscent of the disgusting stuff my gran used to buy. The wine list be-fitted such a venue and two bottles were effortlessly drained. Service whilst efficient was regimented to the extent that the waiting staff seemed afraid to smile. Had they appeared less stern then I am sure this would have lifted the occasion. Despite recent Michelin star attainment I don’t know that our experience matched up. Would I return? Yes if in the area, but I’d check first to see if the pianist was on duty.