We only stayed one night unfortunately, but it was blissful from the moment we arrived, winding up the drive to the golden Cotswold manor. The welcome was warm and the room, Fountain, large with a sitting room area. I had asked for a twin room and we were given an extra room attached to the main one with it's large comfortable king size, which had twin beds in, perfect if you have a couple of children with you say. The bath was rolltop, there were twin basins and also a powerful shower.
We had champagne on the terrace as we were joined by friends for dinner. The nibbles demand a nobler name, including a foam of potato so light it was ethereal. The amuse bouche was a small square of salmon, unctuous and stuffed with flavour. The starter of lobster, smoked eel and small delicous squares of gazpacho jelly was a feast for the eyes and the tongue, an exquisitely presented still life. the foie gras starter was highly praised, as was the spring chicken main course and the beef fillet with foie gras. Two of us had the lamb, a melting chunk of roasted loin, a neck chop and crumbed slow cooked shoulder which was perfect. Desserts were all tempting, in fact it was a menu where you could happily have eaten any dish at all, quite an achievement. The wine list was extensive, full of unexpected delights whose enjoyment was limited only by the depth of your wallet. The staff were all helpful and charming.
We have resolved to make the birthday there an annual event, butbwe will be back sooner.
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