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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Never fails to impress with its superb cuisine and overall experience” say fans of this well-known, picture-book Cotswolds mansion (under the same owners as The Feathers in Woodstock), where reports this year were more consistently upbeat than in recent times. In April 2019 (rather late-in-the-day for survey feedback), the hotel changed its offer – simplifying the menu in the long-established main dining room – and launching a new dining space, ‘Atrium’, with a £95, eight-course tasting menu from chef Charles Smith. In the circumstances, it seems best to suspend a full rating till next year.


Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “awesome” honey-coloured 17th-century former rectory with stunning gardens has long been a leading gastronomic destination in the Cotswolds, although its food ratings reflect divided feedback this year. While some felt “each dish was uniquely exquisite – it’s rare to find such seamless and consistent excellence” – others were “disappointed” by “tasteless” and “overpriced” meals.


* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This acclaimed Olde Englishe Cotswolds hotel has been in the wars; months after the exit of chef Richard Picard-Edwards in late 2016, it was revealed that, over several years, the former GM had defrauded it to the tune of 170K. Perhaps new chef Charles Smith, ex-of Alyn Williams at The Westbury, can help get it back on track, although – notwithstanding the odd “underwhelming” report in this period – ratings have generally held up well.


* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A lovely place for a weekend or just a night away” – this Olde Englishe hotel in an archetypal Cotswolds setting is a natural choice for a “romantic” occasion (if not a budget one), with Richard Picard-Edwards’s “delightful”, traditional-ish cooking “from the canapés in the bar, to the petits fours”.

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Have you eaten at Lords of the Manor?

Owner's description

Recently Good Hotel Guide ‘Country House Hotel of the Year’, Lords of the Manor is one of the most acclaimed luxury hotels in The Cotswolds – and Britain. The setting of this Michelin Star Hotel is Upper Slaughter, a beautiful village near popular Cotswold towns such as Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.

Michelin Star Dining in the top Luxury Cotswolds Hotel

Guests come to ‘Lords’ for luxury, 8 acres of lawns and gardens and, perhaps above all, for the only Michelin-starred hotel dining room in Gloucestershire. The dining room is listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 UK Restaurants Guide.



  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 95.00 Always Available 9

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£8.50 £24.00 £4.00 £8.00
Wine per bottle £29.00
Filter Coffee £6.00
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu, Portions
8, 30
No jeans
7+ at D in restaurant

The chef

Head Chef at Lords of the Manor is Charles Smith.

Charles joined us after gaining experience at Petrus by Marcus Wareing, Per Se (at the time rated the best restaurant in New York, rated 10th in the world), Kitchen Table, Fera at Claridges, and most recently the Michelin-Starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury. His initial break came when, spotting Gordon Ramsay at a food festival, he asked him for a job.

The hotel has achieved Michelin Star status for over 8 consecutive years and is currently redoubling efforts to return the star to The Cotswolds.

Charles, a Lancastrian, says that he started to take cooking seriously at the age of 14 and confesses to an obsession with the sourcing of ingredients, something that may have been instilled from childhood market visits with his great grandfather to buy fresh black pudding, smoked herrings, beetroots and damsons.  Charles relishes the opportunities that Lords of the Manor’s rural setting offers and says that he simply aims to follow the seasons and to stay in touch with what is happening outside the kitchen in terms of producers and suppliers.

Private dining

Celebrate Your Special Occasion With Unforgettable Private Dining in The Cotswolds

There’s no greater gesture or way to celebrate a special occasion or anniversary than by joining us at Lords of the Manor to dine privately.

Suitable for parties of up to 60 guests, our menus have been carefully designed to offer widely acclaimed food that can be enjoyed in the main restaurant. Should you require a party of up to 90 guests, we can transform the space so that dining can be taken across two separate rooms. For events up to 150 people, we hold marquee events.

Our public areas are routinely decorated with beautiful, fresh floral arrangements that can be added to at your request; please contact us and our florist will be in touch. Our event planners can advise on music, including harpists and string quartets – the team also includes our renowned Pastry Chef who can make you a Chocolate Mousse centred with Mango & Passion Fruit, Lemon Butter Cream Cake covered with Traditional Icing or a Strawberry, Vanilla and Almond Torte. Please grant us 48 hours’ notice for cake requests, prices start from £6.45 per person. From flowers and music to celebration cakes and extra touches, we can provide the perfect ambience for your celebration at Lords of the Manor.

Please browse the menus below and select one starter, a main and a dessert for your party and you will see why there is no finer place to enjoy private dining in the Cotswolds.

For more information contact us here or call us on 01451 820243  

Stow-on-the-Wold, Upper Slaughter, GL54 2JD
Opening hours
Monday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Thursday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Friday6:30 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm

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