“Live fire cooking in a historic building.” - AA Inspector
SOLIHULL, WEST MIDLANDS
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Located in the old furnace house of historic Hampton Manor, Smoke is next to the walled garden that provides many of the raw materials for the kitchen. There is a rustic charm and simplicity to the menu, with Masterchef: The Professionals winner Stuart Deeley cooking much of the seasonal produce over fire. Begin with a smooth chicken liver parfait served with a sherry sauce, walnut and apple, before a main course of sea bream, lobster bisque and smoky white beans. A rich and decadent chocolate fondant tart, poached pear and crème fraîche ice cream is one of the memorable desserts.
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Credit cards accepted
- Closed: Monday, Tuesday
- Cuisine style: Modern British, Wood-fired specialities
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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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