Visited Dining Room at Whatley Manor as part of cinema package but we upgraded to eat in The Dining Room as opposed to Mazot.
Whatley Manor is beautiful, make no mistake. On arrival I had a pot of tea with ginger cake and home made biscuits in a luxurious room complete with log fire. We were then taken to the cinema to watch Midnight in Paris which was the February showing. Popcorn on arrival and you can take drinks though and order more when you are seated. Tip, get there early as seating not tiered and I had someone with a big head in front of me ...
After the film we were taken though to The Dining Room where an amazing meal awaited us. We opted for 3 courses but in fact ended up with 7 as we had two sets of amuse bouches and 2 sets of pre dessert dishes thrown in. Amuse bouches consisted of truffles, wasabi, cucumber and mackerel - all excellent. Warm bread rolls were brought to our table and these were very good too. I opted for the roasted hare with smoked shallot puree, confit of red cabbage and raisins which was gorgeous. Generous helping too! My main course was beautiful and light, steamed sea bass with oyster and lime cannelloni and a cucumber and caviar champagne sauce - just saying it again has made me want to return. The two pre desserts were amazing, a lime and mango type sorbet but the pear, mint and liquorice concotion blew me away mainly because they are flavours you would not think would compliment each other but they really do. If ever there were prettier desserts then I have yet to see them. Richard had the lemon and olive oil raviolis (see his picture) and I had the apple and maple syrup cheesecake. This came with little poached apple balls, caramalized pecan nuts, apple sorbet and a long thin piece of what looked like apple spun sugar sitting on top of dessert. Coffee very good, petit fours excellent - could not fault this meal and can't recommend highly enough.
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