Harden's survey result
Rob Potter’s “excellent” modern British cuisine is sampled either from a six-course tasting menu (£95) or a three-course à la carte (£75) with a small selection of dishes for each course at this plush five-star hotel in the Cotswolds. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there’s the odd gripe about “London prices” but most reports here remain hymns of praise.
Chef Rob Potter (ex-Lucknam Park) delivers some “excellent” cuisine, which is “accompanied by the best of advice from the sommelier” at this welcoming luxury hotel in a famous village, now established as a top gastronomic destination for visitors to the Cotswolds.
Luxe manor house in a ’chocolate box’ Cotswolds village, regularly acclaimed by gastronauts; (ex-Lucknam Park) chef Rob Potter has been at the stoves since early 2016, providing “excellent” seasonal cuisine ably matched by the “very knowledgeable” sommelier.
Given its gastronomic renown, this grand medieval house in a lovely Cotswolds village inspires surprisingly limited feedback; such as there is gives consistently very high ratings to Rob Potter’s cuisine (he took to the stoves in February 2016) and to the romantic setting.
Bybrook Restaurant, Manor House Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews
"On perusing the menu we possibly should have expected a less impressive experience than the last time we were here, and it did turn out to be more of a safe hotel-style dinner in manner of the cooking and presentation, as well as the speed at which the courses followed one another, and the level of the front of house was not top notch. This is not to say that there weren’t some good elements, but in general we found it not exactly progressive and our overall rating was nothing like as high as before. We enjoyed the canapés, and the first course of wafer-thin and very fresh beetroot with crab and horseradish would have been better without the strange touch of lavender. The classical duck liver parfait in combination with nuts, grapes and walnut bread was pleasing, and this was followed by an uneven dish of good halibut with sea vegetables that were possibly too strong for the fish and some lovely mussels that were under-seasoned for our taste. The lamb main course was the best of the evening, the loin very tender with the proper taste and texture and enhanced with a clever touch of mint gel cubes instead of the standard sauce, the Roscoff onion was perfectly caramelised to take away any aggressiveness, and the interesting belly mince added another element. The appearance of a traditional cheese course with no choice was slightly passé, but at least it was an Alex James blue with good lavoche crackers. Opinions were divided on the passion fruit/mango palate cleanser in which the announced coconut ice had got lost. Our dessert made up for this, though, the Amalfi lemon tart with perfect tartness was as good as any we’ve had and the lovely sweet raspberries added to the enjoyment. Since the by-the-glass choice was limited we went for the wine flight, which was well selected and came at a reasonable price. Altogether a reasonable meal, although not up to the standard we had hoped for."
|Wine per bottle||£33.00|
Castle Combe, SN14 7HR
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Tuesday||6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Wednesday||6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm|