Restaurant Review: Peel's Restaurant, Hampton Manor
PUBLISHED: 11:35 18 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:09 20 February 2013
Sharon Casey and Rebecca Keegan review one of Warwickshire's top dining venues, Peel's Restaurant at Hampton Manor, Hampton in Arden.
Restaurant Review: Peels Restaurant, Hampton Manor
Sharon Casey and Rebecca Keegan review one of Warwickshires top dining venues, Peels Restaurant at Hampton Manor, Hampton in Arden.
The picturesque drive up to the entrance of Peels Restaurant creates a grand impression. The setting and the beautiful architecture of Hampton Manor generates great expectations and we werent disappointed.
On a warm Autumn evening, with the sun slanting softly through the trees, we entered the restaurant and were greeted by Danny, our host for the night, offering us a seat outside with a glass of wine whilst we chose from the excellent menu.
This welcome from friendly and attentive staff continued throughout the whole evening. The service is quite exceptional.
There was an impressive selection from which to choose, including the Fine Dining Menu, Tasting Menu, Vegetarian Menu, Prix Fixe Menu, Once we had chosen, we were shown to our delightful table for two. The dcor was chic and stylish, in a striking purple colour. There was also a separate lounge area near to the bar
Around us was the gentle buzz of conversation while big band jazz music played in the background. There was an interesting mix of fellow diners, including business people, romantic couples and groups of friends.
Danny, our host, clearly has great passion for Peels. He was attentive without being intrusive, and did everything possible to put us at our ease and make us comfortable.
There is an interesting and intelligent lay out in the restaurant, with tables of different shapes and sizes. The room is capable of catering for large or small groups.
We started with an appetizer of mushroom soup, with truffle oil, garnished with chives, which was absolutely delicious. It was the perfect beginning.
We were offered a selection of bread rolls with butter while we deliberated over the choice of courses. We chose the Cheese and Cauiliflower Soup, which was simply and utterly gorgeous. Sharon started with red onion tartin, roasted crottin, pineapple and chilli salsa.
For our main courses we went for the September Lamb slow braised lamb shoulder, mustard spiked sauce, cassolette of lambs kidneys and flageolet beans. The lamb was so succulent and melt-in-your-mouth. It was served with perfectly cooked broccoli. Sharon chose lightly steamed broccoli mousse, creamed stilton cheese ravioli, poached caramelized pear, soused carrots and walnut dressing.
The dessert Rebecca plumped for was the Sticky Toffee pudding with toffee sauce - a fabulous sweet, traditional dessert to finish a fantastic meal. Sharon went for Chocolate Rich - dark chocolate cardamom and orange mousse.
We were given a wide choice of fine wines to go with each course. We enjoy eating out, and Warwickshire has a wide variety of places to visit, from friendly and homely pubs serving good, English food, to the higher end of the market.
Peels is very definitely at the very top of that market. It is clear that their chefs know precisely what they are doing. What was impressive was that the staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. The food is simply superb - top quality produce, cooked to the highest standard and exceptionally.
And considering everything, from the stylish surroundings to the quality of the food and drink, the price was definitely value for money. We shall certainly be coming here again. A wonderful dining experience in the heart of England.
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