The Dining Room
“Luxury spa hotel cooking at Whatley Manor” - AA Inspector
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
All staff will have a re-onboarding day (before opening) where risk assessments, guidelines and COSSCH training will take place.
Our Inspector's View
A feeling of anticipation builds as the gated entrance opens into Whatley Manor’s cobbled courtyards of honeystone Cotswold buildings – and that’s as it should be because the Victorian manor house has long sat in the top flight of the UK’s country house hotels. The Dining Room is rightly at the heart of the Whatley experience, an understated modern space, with cream walls, bare floors and a generously spaced tables. Niall Keating leads the kitchen team here and his refined contemporary cooking draws inspiration from Asia and France – this is serious food, realised with ambition, confidence and panache. Delivered via a 12-course tasting menu, including a vegetarian version, phenomenal precision and flavours are there from the off in lobster custard and meaty chicken broth pointed up with caviar, then the umami explosion of raw oyster with seaweed mignonette dressing. Produce is, naturally, as good as you can get, and flavours and textures come pin sharp, whether it’s a delicate composition of salmon with turnip, ham and caviar, or the big, bold hit of pigeon with kohlrabi, spiced date purée and horseradish. A barrage of desserts offers ideas such as matcha with yogurt and milk crisp, and wine flights of revelatory pairings line up to enhance the whole experience further.
Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 46
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 5
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Days Closed: Monday to Wednesday
- Lunch served from: 12.30
- Lunch served until: 1
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 10
- Wines under £30: 2
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 48
- Cuisine style: Modern British, Asian influences
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
A land shrouded in mystery, myth and legend, Wiltshire evokes images of ancient stone circles, white chalk horses carved into hillsides, crop circles and the forbidden, empty landscape of Salisbury Plain. To many M4 and A303 drivers heading out of London through the clutter of the Thames Valley, Wiltshire is where the landscape opens out and rural England begins.
Wiltshire’s charm lies in the beauty of its countryside. The expansive chalk landscapes of the Marlborough and Pewsey downs and Cranborne Chase inspire a sense of space and freedom, offering miles of uninterrupted views deep into Dorset, Somerset and the Cotswolds. Wiltshire’s thriving market towns and picturesque villages provide worthwhile visits and welcome diversions. Stroll through quaint timbered and thatched villages in the southern Woodford and Avon valleys and explore the historic streets of the stone villages of Lacock, Castle Combe and Sherston. Walk around Salisbury and discover architectural styles from the 13th century to the present and take time to visit the city’s elegant cathedral and fascinating museums. And if all of that isn’t enough, the county is also richly endowed with manor houses, mansions and beautiful gardens.
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