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.