The Dining Room at Whatley Manor 22

Easton Grey , Malmesbury, SN16 0RB

2 reviews

116 Modern European Wiltshire

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  • The Dining Room at Whatley Manor restaurant Easton Grey Malmesbury The Cotswolds Wiltshire SN16 0RB United Kingdom Squaremeal Square Meal Niall Keating
  • The Dining Room at Whatley Manor restaurant Easton Grey Malmesbury The Cotswolds Wiltshire SN16 0RB United Kingdom Squaremeal Square Meal Niall Keating
  • The Dining Room at Whatley Manor restaurant Easton Grey Malmesbury The Cotswolds Wiltshire SN16 0RB United Kingdom Squaremeal Square Meal Niall Keating
  • The Dining Room at Whatley Manor restaurant Easton Grey Malmesbury The Cotswolds Wiltshire SN16 0RB United Kingdom Squaremeal Square Meal Niall Keating
  • The Dining Room at Whatley Manor restaurant Easton Grey Malmesbury The Cotswolds Wiltshire SN16 0RB United Kingdom Squaremeal Square Meal Niall Keating

SquareMeal Review of The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

SquareMeal award hall of fame 1999-2018 logo badgeLavishly turned out as a country-chic hotel, this ivy-clad Wiltshire grandee is now one of the UK’s great escapes – an epicurean package crowned by the immaculately appointed Dining Room. The departure of chef Martin Burge left new boy Niall Keating (ex-Restaurant Sat Bains) with big shoes to fill, but he’s risen to the challenge by beefing up the tasting menu to 12 courses and garnering a Michelin star in the process. Global influences abound, although there’s a fondness for Asian twists – as in vinegar-doused oysters crowned with crispy seaweed strips or a tortellini/Chinese dumpling hybrid which places squid-ink pasta in a salty pork broth. Such zesty experimentation occasionally teeters off-course (egg-white custard topped with salmon roe grabs attention but not taste buds), but the gastronomically curious will have a field day and there's much to enjoy – notably the sushi-rice risotto infused with chorizo. Simpler pleasures, such as crisp-crusted mini sourdough loaves and a dish of delicate beef loin dotted with spots of wasabi also demonstrate a slick kitchen. Equally dynamic wine pairings are a worthwhile investment, while the visibility of the chefs in the dining room is a nice touch. For event dining in a sumptuous, pastoral setting, Whatley Manor’s still a winner.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Kemble Station 13km

Chippenham Station 13km

Address

Address: Easton Grey , Malmesbury SN16 0RB

Opening times

Wed-Sun 7-10pm

Nearby Landmarks

Burton Hill Caravan & Camping Park 3km

Malmesbury Abbey 3km

Details

Telephone: 01666 822888

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Cuisine: Modern European

Dinner: £99 (12 courses)

8.5

Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 7.5

Value: 8.5

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Foodess platinum reviewer 27 May 2009

We tried for a table in The Dining Room as visits 12+ mths ago to Le Mazot brasserie hadn’t met expectations. Assured that the same kitchen served both, we booked a brasserie lunch again, since 2M* Dining Room is closed at lunchtimes. We took the cross country approach and came in near the river and this time saw the south side of this idyllic Cotswold Manor house. Being shown to the terrace for drinks, it was obvious why this would be an ideal venue for Weddings. Immaculate gardens are matched by a carefully maintained, tasteful interior, but as you walk from the skilful marriage of old and contemporary to Le Mazot decked in heavy pine and bright florals flanked by more pine, you wonder why Swiss chalet meets Cotswold? Who knows? Oddly we move continents to find African influence in the form of small ornaments on windowsills. Eclectic, eccentric, even aberration sprang to mind. Le Mazot looks and feels incongruous uncomfortably sitting in a loving restored English Country House and we felt a slight unease perched centrally in a fully populated room amidst curious décor….best to be in a group as we had been before. About 4 choices per course on Sunday lunch menu. £21/head/2 courses (no wine) was excellent value for what turned out to be top notch nosh. I savoured a roundly balanced starter of delicate goat’s cheese soufflé with de-constructed Waldorf salad (minus mayo). In contrast my partner’s gutsy hunks of ham hock, ideally married with fine stranded pickle, like a mildly acidic sauerkraut: equally good. My mushroom tagliatelle had a luscious coat of creamy yet light truffle scented sauce with a side of proper melba toast and pot of parmesan & pine nut puree – pine nuts dominated and partnered my main v.v.well. Pork roast was pretty high calibre too and near flawless. Chef has certainly shifted cuisine into a classier division. Service : By no means slick, waiting 20 mins for the wrong drinks to arrive didn’t bode well, though staff were obliging. Matters improved as meal was served efficiently but paced leisurely, just what you want on a busy bank holiday weekend. We’d return, probably for evening meal in DR and stay.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Billy Boston bronze reviewer 23 April 2009

My husband & I ate in the more informal Le Mazot; which as it promises recreates the warmth of a Swiss chalet and serves delicious high quality food. Service was friendly and attentive throughout and we felt it was excellent value for money. Whether you opt for the Dining Room with its two Michelin Stars or Le Mazot my best advice would be to stay; Whatley Manor is one of the finest hotels in the country and is worthy of its reputation. The bedrooms are beautiful and the gardens magnificent. Those of you that do stay overnight must have the ‘black pudding’ for breakfast on my husbands recommendation. We are already looking forward to our return visit!

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