Lords Of The Manor 22

Upper Slaughter, Bourton-on-the-Water , Cheltenham, GL54 2JD

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SquareMeal Review of Lords Of The Manor

A great deal of money has been lavished on this handsome Cotswold stone rectory resulting in a stylish blend of classic country-house ambience with a funky contemporary feel – think bold colours and modern fabrics alongside grand fireplaces, mullioned windows and period antiques. Vibrant paintings and opulent flower displays dominate the dining room, where a “polite buzz” provides a fitting backdrop to the food – a procession of classy dishes in the modern Anglo-European mould. Starters such as a ravioli of Norfolk quail breast and foie gras with thyme-infused consommé or lobster and cauliflower linguine with shellfish and caper dressing show a “consistent balance of ingredients”, while mains might range from pan-roasted Gigha halibut with vermouth cream, braised fennel and preserved lemon purée to a four-part plate of pork with pickled pear, carrot purée and hazelnuts. The wine list is a masterly tome with exceptional bottles from big names and off-piste producers alike. There’s also praise for the friendly efficiency of the staff and the “perfect tempo” of the service.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Kingham Station 9km

Moreton-in-Marsh Station 11km


Address: Upper Slaughter, Bourton-on-the-Water , Cheltenham GL54 2JD

Opening times

Sat-Sun 12N-2pm Mon-Sun 6.45pm-8.45pm

Nearby Landmarks

Birdland, Bourton-on-the-Water 2km

Dovecote, Naunton 3km


Telephone: 01451 820243


Cuisine: Modern European

Lunch: £37.50 (3 courses)

Dinner: £72.50/85 (3/7 courses)

Private Dining: 25, 20


Food & Drink: 7.8

Service: 5.2

Atmosphere: 5.4

Value: 5.6

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Paul A. platinum reviewer 20 October 2015

We had been invited to the bar at 7.15pm to "enjoy a selection of canapés" and look at the menu before going in for dinner at 7:30. We habitually prefer not to rush but it was some time before we eventually got some ordinary canapés and our choice of menu was taken more than 30 minutes after we had sat down in the bar. At this point, what with the delay and the somewhat provincial level of service, we were starting to fear the worst. Things looked up, though, as soon as we arrived in the pleasant dining room with its professional lay-out and polite buzz, and sure enough the amuse-bouche, a leek and potato velouté very well balanced with some smoked salmon foam and hazelnuts, was full of promise for what was to follow. Spirits were raised still further when I enquired about the matching wine flight which comprised a sweet Jurançon, a Hawke's Bay Chardonnay, a Tuscan red and a Vin Santo, all of which were top quality. The meal began with some lovely duck liver marinated in port accompanied by a fabulous gingerbread and nut purée and pear done four ways, fresh slices, in red wine, pickled and soft poached. Imaginatively presented linguini of Cornish lobster followed, the kind of dish we cannot have enough of, especially when it is perfectly balanced with a tomato concasse, fish roe and bisque foam. The standard set by the first two courses was matched by the outstanding venison dish, the meat beautifully cooked and backed up with a super pickled red cabbage purée and a mind-blowing sloe gin sauce, and again a proper balance was achieved with the creamed celeriac and the sprouts. The pre-dessert of vanilla panna cotta, with evidence of vanilla seeds, grapefruit ice and hazel nuts acted as a good palate cleanser in preparation for the technically tricky but successfully achieved prune soufflé which was elevated to brilliant status by the chocolate and bergamot ganache concealed at the bottom of the soufflé and reinforced by the Earl Grey tea ice cream. In addition to the delicious food and the consistent balance between the ingredients in each dish, the perfect tempo for the service of the courses was certainly worthy of note as was the friendliness and efficiency of the waiting staff. Despite the hiccup at the beginning we will definitely be adding Lords of the Manor to our must go back to list.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 1.0

steven f. 16 October 2015

We visited Lords of the Manor and were looking forward to our trip as we had heard many good things . On arrival they only seemed to have one person doing a number of jobs i.e checking people in , parking cars , making drinks and serving food . He seemed to be running around like a headless chicken . When we tried to check in he seemed to have no idea at all that my daughter was also staying and asked to see proof of my booking . This was a bad start and my wife commented that it seemed like "faulty towers " . At this point we were not too bothered as it was really the restaurant we were looking forward to . Although the food was of a reasonably high standard the service was awful for a restaurant that had been issued a Michelin Star . There seemed to be very few waiting staff and on numerous occasions I was forced to pour our own wine . We were left with dirty plates on our table for long periods of time on all of our courses . At the end of the meal we ordered the cheese course and requested a glass of port with our cheese . However the cheese arrived with no biscuits and no port !!! There were no staff available at all and after 10 minutes I had to wander to reception to find someone to complain to . To top it all off when we left to go to our rooms the bar area was still full of dirty tables covered in plates of half eaten scones and cakes that had still not been cleared from afternoon tea . This was 11pm at night !! The duty manager called up to our room and apologised which was a nice gesture . He suggested we email the general manager Paul Thomson and that we should come back again as the service had been unacceptable and he insisted this was not normal . Paul Thomson emailed us back an apology and said he would send us vouchers to return for dinner . Unfortunately these never materialised and he does not even have the courtesy to return emails . Overall a badly run hotel from top to bottom which unfortunately lets down a competent chef . If you are ever in the area I would recommend trying The Wild Rabbit or Kingham Plough as far better ,

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

GH platinum reviewer 03 March 2015

Lovely old style place. Service can be stressed if it is busy. Nice for tea.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

paul s. silver reviewer 04 May 2010

My wife and i recently stayed here, we were very dissapointed, we booked a room which was described as looking on to the villiage but all you could see is the main road! THe food i have to say was very good, but the atmosphere in the restuarant was aquard, very quite, but the service for a michelin establishment was poor, when we finshed a course plates would just sit on our table for up to 15 mins, waiters would just walk past and not do anything, …not that we mind we had to por our own wine most of the time. I felt this place was like a conveyor belt, get them in get their money and get out, there was no interacion from the staff what so ever. the other annoying thing when we got to our room we were asked which paper we would like in the morning, we like the times, when i got the bill they had the nerve to charge it o my bill each time, pretty pathetic really. breakfast was a similar story, no rolls or crossiants, they were under “gaurd” if u wanted one u had to ask, and they were pretty tight with those, croissants defo did not taste fresh, as the fresh orange juice was “bought in” as we overheard! maybe they should take more care of there guests and less care on there profit margin!!!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Foodess platinum reviewer 24 June 2009

This place deserves a warm write-up after the warm welcome from staff at this beautiful Cotswold house which was just the right side of grand and comfortably furnished. Intricately designed dishes, including canapé indicated undoubted skill and effort, but sometimes at the cost of flavour, e.g. Elaborate but pleasant langoustine amuse bouche, a rather complicated starter of sea bream and crab steamed in courgette flower served with aubergine gateaux, olive croquant and a bouillabaisse sauce – nice but not a smash hit – partner felt likewise about his quail. However, as the meal progressed, the food just got better as fine quality ingredients shone through such as longhorn beef with snails and a plate of seabass with fennel and deeply rich tomato fondue. Finally we opted for cheese from one of the most refreshing selections I have come across; all British with a list detailing the character of the 20 or so including a few from the locality. To accompany cheese we were encouraged to take chutney and a truffle scented honey (also local) reluctantly tried but instantly approved and we were offered thin home-made rustic style biscuits or bread…. biscuits were scrumptious. To finish, instead of ubiquitous petit four, a kind of sideways toast rack arrived with miniscule slots into which they had managed to fit four different types of tuile, and I think a perfectly crisp way to round off a meal with good coffee. Not cheap at £100/head including wine, but I think I’d go back just for the cheese and biscuits.

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