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“You arrive to the sound of gravel crunching beneath your tyres, the aroma of log burning fires, and views across Rutland Water” at Tim Hart’s “beautiful” East Midlands retreat, and “if you are looking for the truly typical country house experience, Hambleton has it in spades”. The style is “somewhat formal, but none the worse for that” and it’s “the charm of the old-fashioned atmosphere that helps set it apart”, as enhanced by the “faultless service”. Aaron Patterson has been at the stoves since 1992, and he remains at the top of his game, delivering a “true, classic British fine dining experience” wherein contemporary ideas enliven a fundamentally textbook approach. “The wine list is exceptional too, with some excellent good value bottles as well as the famous names” and sommelier Dominique Baduel is “a past master of finding little gems”.
“A beautiful country house hotel, with wonderful views over Rutland Water” provides the setting for Tim Hart’s long-established East Midlands temple of gastronomy. It is “very expensive”, and one or two reporters qualify their feedback with the odd reservation regarding the overall approach (which can seem a little “stiff and old-fashioned”), but these are minor concerns, as few restaurants can match its “old-school charm”, or are as “consistently exceptional over the years”. “Service is really spot-on (friendly but always professional)”, and Aaron Patterson’s “classic” cuisine is “always perfect in every respect”, and matched with an “astonishing wine list” – “with many unusual items, ranging from everyday, affordable discoveries, to the most famous first-growths”.
“Classically traditional in every way, and none the worse for that!” – Tim Hart’s “grand” and luxurious mansion enjoys “an idyllic setting with views over Rutland Water” (although, in fact, the house was built before the lake!) The “consistency of excellent standards here is extraordinary” over many years – not least Aaron Patterson’s classic cuisine that’s “perfectly balanced and packed with taste”; “superb wine” too.
The complete country house dining package doesn’t come much better than at Tim Hart’s “truly unforgettable” house, with its “lovely situation overlooking Rutland Water”; Aaron Patterson’s “solidly classical” cooking is “extraordinarily consistent” and matched by “terrific” wines, “perfectly pitched” service and “beautiful” decor.
Hambleton Hall Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Beautiful food (pansy flowers around the slice of vegetable pate / trails of coulis with decorative blobs on pudding)and taste is very good too. Open fire in lounge; amuse bouche while you wait, and later after meal, great fun; glad I wasn't paying £360 including tip for three, two courses off cheaper end of menu and two alco drinks with water for one. Service faultless - there when you wanted it but not over assertive. Very patient with person needing very specific diet (and she had not warned them beforehand). Hard to beat for a real treat, felt very pampered."