Hampton Manor is firmly on the 2017 Menu
10 Jan 2017
- Family-run Hampton Manor awarded first Michelin Star, new Welcome and Service Award and fourth AA Rosette
- Nestled on the outskirts of Birmingham, independent Hampton Manor is redefining both the restaurant and hotel experience
- Single-batch teas from artisan growers, biodynamic wines and ingredients foraged from the 45 acres define Hampton Manor’s approach to innovation
- 15 individually designed bedrooms showcase original features with modern design elements
Hampton Manor is part of Birmingham’s successful foodie story. 2016 was a memorable year for Peel’s Restaurant with a Michelin Star, the Michelin Welcome and Service Award, and four AA Rosettes awarded in the space of a week. Peel’s is home to simple dishes cooked using seasonal ingredients and modern cooking techniques under Head Chef Rob Palmer. The restaurant is open Tuesday – Saturday offering dinner in a relaxed, spacious environment which seats 28 guests. The chefs table in the Tasting Room allows guests to watch the Peel’s chefs pull together different elements of the dishes before their very eyes.
2017 will see the development of the hotel’s extensive walled kitchen gardens and the evolution of the A La Carte, four, and seven course tasting menus. Meanwhile, Wine Director Sam Olive will be running his business, Wine Freedom, from the Manor’s cellars. Specialising in organic, natural, and biodynamic wines, he and Sommelier Ross Morton are working on a new and progressive wine list about to be unveiled.
Located just a 15 minute train journey away is Grand Central; the gateway to the UK’s second city. Hampton Manor is happy to share some of its favourite coffee shops in Birmingham, including Faculty Coffee; a small coffee and tea shop located in Birmingham’s city centre in the historic Piccadilly Arcade. Tilt is another hot-tip, located on the corner of Warwick Passage and Union Passage, Tilt is a multi-functional space selling speciality coffee. So committed are Tilt to serving the best speciality coffee that they grade it against the SCAA Standards using the top 5% of coffee produced in the world. Tilt regularly invite global guest roasters to showcase the best seasonal coffees.
In 2005 Derrick and Jan Hill invested in the property and supported the eighteen month restoration project. Husband and wife team, James and Fjona Hill, have drawn on their surroundings to create a unique environment that celebrates its Arts and Crafts roots whilst offering a contemporary haven for city slickers looking to kick up their feet in the countryside. There’s 45 acres of woodland and gardens for guests to explore using a dedicated ‘Field Guide’ which showcases footpaths and trees around the grounds. In the public rooms original Minton tiles, hand painted stained glass, and carved oak banisters sit beside marble topped tables and chinoiserie wallpaper.
William Morris is Fjona’s inspiration for the 15 individually designed bedrooms. She’s reached back into the Manor’s Arts and Craft past and pulled out sensational patterns, wallpapers, furniture and fabric that transform elegant bedrooms into microcosmic homes away from home. Each bedroom is finished with homely touches, like ladder bookshelves from Rockett St George, stocked with beautifully designed page-turners. Key colours include the inky richness of Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue and accents of brass.
Birmingham remains relatively undiscovered but it shouldn’t. It is the UK’s second city offering world-class galleries, stimulating museums, six Michelin starred restaurants and heritage attractions that celebrate English history. Hampton Manor is shaping the foodie story of this great city; one for the 2017 menu!
www.hamptonmanor.com Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull, B92 0DQ
01675 446 080 twitter @HamptonManor Accommodation priced from £150.00 per night
Menus include A La Carte, 5 Course Tasting (£55) or 7 Course Tasting (£75), all available with wine flight pairing (£35/£55) by a sommelier.