Hampton Manor Combines the Country Experience with the Energy of the UK’s Second City
17 Aug 2016
- Peel’s, the 3 AA Rosettes restaurant, is one of the country’s leading restaurants
- Award-winning Hampton Manor recently celebrated three wins at the Birmingham Food, Drink & Hospitality Awards
- Located in the picturesque village of Hampton-in-Arden whilst just fifteen minutes from Birmingham city centre
Hampton Manor is fast becoming one of the UK’s most exciting foodie country house hotels offering a truly unique combination of country and city experience. Located in the picturesque village of Hampton-in-Arden served by direct trains from London and Birmingham, Hampton Manor has further established the UK’s second city, Birmingham, as a serious short break destination.
This spring Hampton Manor were the major winners at the inaugural Birmingham Food, Drink & Hospitality Awards 2016, winning in three major categories. The awards celebrated and profiled the movement of the food, drink and hospitality industry in Birmingham. Hampton Manor were awarded ‘Best Hotel’, ‘Best Fine Dining’ for Peel’s Restaurant and ‘Best Afternoon Tea Establishment’.
Birmingham remains relatively undiscovered but it shouldn’t. It is the UK’s second city offering world-class galleries and stimulating museums and surrounding the city there are heritage attractions that celebrate the splendid English history in this relatively unexplored part of the United Kingdom. Some notable experiences include:
- Aston Hall – recently reopened following a £13 million restoration project. Guests can explore the splendour of one of the last great houses built in the Jacobean style. Highlights include the beautiful interiors from the 17th Century to the landscaped gardens.
- Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter – dating back over 250 years and still home to over 400 jewellery businesses, the quarter is unique and contains one of Birmingham’s finest squares, St Paul’s with its fine Georgian church. Visit also the Grade II listed Victorian factory built in 1894 to get a real flavour for the business history of the city.
- The Museum & Art Gallery is a world class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre and worth a visit. The internationally significant collections of art and history include the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite artwork in the world. The Industrial Gallery, dedicated to the finest crafts produced in Birmingham over the past 200 years is also worth a visit.
- Motor heritage museums – in all there are three motor heritage museums in Birmingham and the wider region including the Aston Manor Road Transport Museum and The British Motor Museum where visitors will discover the world’s greatest collection of British cars.
Hampton Manor is family-run and with just 15 individually designed bedrooms and suites that exude the warmth and hospitality of a luxurious country house retreat, Hampton Manor ensures each guest receives a truly memorable experience. Hampton Manor is home to a team whose innovative approach to hospitality, cooking and design has elevated this Neo-Tudor Gothic mansion into the Twenty-First Century. Derrick and Janet Hill invested in the property and supported the entire refurbishment. Husband and wife team, James and Fjona Hill, have drawn on their surroundings to create a unique environment. The property, built in 1855, had fallen into decline when Fjona and James embarked on an extensive 18 month restoration project. Public spaces are sumptuous and grand, as well as warm and welcoming. Hampton Manor offers beautiful walks across its 45 acres of gardens, with guests offered a dedicated ‘Field Guide’ produced by Fjona Hill showcasing walks and trees around the Manor. James manages a young, passionate team of locals, celebrated by the national press as some of the finest in the industry.
Head chef Rob Palmer picks produce for use in his modern British menus which have gained much recognition over the last twelve months, including most recently being awarded 3 AA Rosettes. Peel’s balances fresh seasonal produce with modern cooking techniques. Peel’s is open Tuesday – Saturday offering dinner in a relaxed, spacious environment with 28 covers. Menus are A La Carte, 5 Course Tasting (£55) or 7 Course Tasting (£75), all available with wine flight pairing (£35/£55). The newly launched Tasting Room offers up to eight guests the chance to watch their dishes take shape whilst learning the secrets of a lively professional kitchen.
Afternoons are spent in The Parlour, a theatrical lounge where a tea sommelier explains specialist Lailani & Co teas crafted in single-batch from various artisan family-run gardens. Afternoon tea includes ‘waffle cone with passion fruit cheesecake’ and ‘goat’s cheese, Serrano ham, fig toastie’ whilst not forgetting Cheese, fruit and plain scones, all served with teas including Oolong. The Parlour’s style combines pastel florals, seen in the Viola wallpaper by the Designers Guild, and geometric shapes across the leather topped tables by British furniture makers Style Matters and copper and marble tables from Bloomingville. Open fires and chandeliers provide a glamorous atmosphere and a neutral palette offset by pops of striking colour. It is the perfect spot for leisurely afternoon teas overlooking glorious views of the gardens.
Ready for a walk? Guests are encouraged to find a pair of wellies on the side porch and head off around the 45 acres with their very own Field Guide. Along the way, they’ll discover:
- Historic Ha-Ha’s
- Victoria and Albert trees
- The Cedars
- Daffodil Dell
- The Lawns and The Cedars
- The kitchen gardens, where guests will see a vast selection of seasonal produce
The Field Guide also offers more keen walkers an excellent 4.5 and 3.5 miles walk to further explore this magical part of the country. Hampton Manor fuses country and city charms perfectly.
www.hamptonmanor.com Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull, B92 0DQ
01675 446 080 twitter @HamptonManor Accommodation priced from £150.00 per night