“Dynamic cooking and interior design dazzle” - AA Inspector
SOLIHULL, WEST MIDLANDS
Our Inspector's View
Towers and turrets mark the spot within the 45 acres of land surrounding this impressive stately manor, built by a son of Sir Robert Peel. These days it’s a divertingly stylish restaurant with rooms, with a kitchen garden providing its bounty and the dynamic contemporary cooking of Rob Palmer in the offing. The design of the place is timelessly tasteful; the part-panelled dining room is a mix of traditional comfort and contemporary sophistication, while the staff are just as engaging as the setting. The format sees three tasting menus vying for your attention – two four-course options, the more expensive of which features Wagyu beef – and a full-throttle seven-course menu that includes all the bells and all the whistles. Flavour combinations are not designed to shock, and what arrives on the plate is creative, pretty as a picture, and never less than delicious. A starter of tomato and burata may be simple but it’s absolutely delicious, with fabulous depth and clarity of flavour from just-picked tomatoes. A single perfectly-timed langoustine is brought warmth from ginger and textural interest from crispy leeks, and main courses might include smoked eel with kohlrabi and samphire, or Wagyu beef served with joyously fresh and sweet garden carrots and black garlic.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 28
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 3
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 10
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 45
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
Discover West Midlands
After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead.
Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins.
Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.
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