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The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall
Occupying a greatly extended 19th-century manor house, Rockliffe Hall now blends original Victorian gothic charms with contemporary comforts, one of the country’s largest spas and a choice of three different eateries. The flagship Orangery has been given a swanky new look with original artwork, furniture and lighting, plus a walk-in wine cellar where guests can peruse thousands of bins from around the globe. There have been changes in the kitchen too, with the arrival of chef Richard Allen from Michelin-starred Tassili in Jersey. Menus have yet to be announced, but guests can expect high levels of creativity and innovative use of native seasonal produce backed by top-class drinking from the 500-strong wine list. The adjoining cocktail bar has a stunning terrace for alfresco drinks.
Wine List Of The Year Finalist
For a top-end country house hotel, this list manages to be large and wide-ranging, without veering into phone-book territory. The by-the-glass selection is big but accessible, and there’s an unusually large choice of stickies. Key to its place on the shortlist, though, is the way in which, along with the good selection of European classics, there are edgier offerings from Wales, Israel, England and Slovenia. It looks fantastic, too.