“Seasonal delights in a fab foodie destination” - AA Inspector
SOLIHULL, WEST MIDLANDS
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This Tudor Gothic-style manor house, dating to 1855 and set in lovely gardens, was built for the MP son of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel. Now it’s home to the Hill family, who, inspired by the beautiful setting, have worked hard to make this a proper food-focused destination. They arrange special two-night stays, which might include wine tasting or bread making courses, as well as dinner in Peel’s Restaurant, where the delightful dining room perfectly blends traditional period features and modern design elements, like the half-panelled walls with hand-painted Fromental wallpaper above. The highly seasonal tasting menu reflects what’s going on in the kitchen gardens, and a late spring meal features a vibrant green, silky smooth wild garlic velouté served with potato dressed in crème fraîche. A delicate Cornish crab main is served with micro coriander, lime gel and lemongrass jelly. A crispy tapioca cracker with crab mayonnaise tops the white crab, while intensely flavoured crab consommé is poured round. To make a wonderful experience complete, the wine list is exceptional.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 28
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 3
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 21 December to 6 January
- Wines under £30: 10
- Wines over £30: 109
- 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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