The Dining Room at Mallory Court Hotel
“Grown-up dining in a romantic setting” - AA Inspector
ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA, WARWICKSHIRE
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Set in 10 acres of grounds not far from Leamington Spa, including a kitchen garden where they grow some of the produce for the restaurant, Mallory Court dates from the early twentieth century and has a comfortably authentic country-house feel. It’s an elegantly arts and crafts style building with fabulous detailing and a romantic atmosphere. There are lovely garden and countryside views from the restaurant, which has beautiful panelling and an air of calm serenity. Tables are smartly dressed, staff are attentive without being intrusive, and everything feels relaxed and grown-up – rather like the cooking. The seven-course tasting menu changes daily and seasonally to make best use of what’s available from the garden and locally. The wine list is comprehensive and well presented, and staff are happy to suggest and discuss wines. A summer meal might offer ‘a taste’ of Cornish crab with heirloom tomatoes and basil emulsion, followed by a confit chicken starter with little gem lettuce, marinated anchovies, parmesan and garlic. A choice of mains – perhaps a light seafood broth with garden herbs and vegetables or Cotswold lamb with Mallory garden vegetables, English peas and mint. A fruit bun topped with Beauvale cheese and port wine syrup makes a good savoury, while a sweet of English strawberries macerated in balsamic vinegar and black pepper, strawberry sorbet with a hint of basil, topped with shortcake, is refreshingly summery. At Sunday lunch they offer ‘a nod to tradition’ in the form of a preliminary offering of Yorkshire pudding with a Madeira and bone marrow sauce. (The tradition being to fill you up a bit before your main course – so don’t indulge too heavily or you might miss out on pan roast stone bass with Evesham asparagus, samphire and caviar cream sauce, or a hearty dish of roast and braised sirloin of beef, with roast potatoes and garden veg.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 56
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 2
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 25
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
The sparkle of sunlight on a gentle river as it meanders through beautiful countryside; the reflections of sailing boats on a lake; relaxing with a pint in the garden of an old English pub in a picturesque village; brightly coloured narrow boats making their way through a flight of lock gates; the imposing silhouette of an historic castle. These are the scenes that make Warwickshire a delight.
There may be few seriously high hills in this fertile plain, but it is an area full of attractive walking in rolling countryside, blessed with a fascinating history and wonderful places and buildings to visit. This is Shakespeare’s county, and the footprint of the famous Bard appears almost everywhere. He was born and brought up around the beautiful Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and many of his plays draw upon his own experiences in the area.
Warwickshire has a history that embraces the Civil War, castles and large country houses are scattered over the county. Warwick Castle is the home of the Earl of Warwick, Kenilworth Castle was a stronghold for lords and kings of England in the 11th and 12th centuries, and so the list goes on.
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