Michelin-Starred Hampton Manor Unveils New Look
2 Oct 2017
A new-look is unveiled, reinventing the hospitality experience through design and celebrating British craftsmanship
This month, historic Hampton Manor in the West Midlands re-launches as a design-centred Restaurant with Rooms. An exquisite new look is unveiled across the Manor’s public spaces and signature guestrooms, and additions to the restaurant celebrate the best in British craftsmanship, while paying homage to the building’s 19th Century history.
Family-run and passion-driven, Hampton Manor launched in 2010 and since, has won a pride of awards. Peel’s Restaurant, a peerless dining destination, won its first Michelin Star in October 2016, which put the Manor on the map of Britain’s leading culinary hotels.
Marrying historic and contemporary elements, Hampton Manor’s re-launch as a Restaurant with Rooms reflects its foodie-focus and ethos: to create spaces where guests can gather together and make memories. The reimagined interiors have created a home-from-home country retreat, asking guests to make the Manor their own. And what better place to make lasting memories than around the dinner table?
Stepping into the Manor’s new lobby, guests are met by a bespoke artwork by Chris de Souza, entitled The Manor’s Table. In this 1.5m ink drawing, hands move across a table, in dinner-party excitement, and the artist has captured dishes from the Peel’s Restaurant menu in his work. The lobby’s look is completed with velvet, oak-framed sofas by Space Copenhagen and Joseph Chierowski’s mid century rocking chairs by 336 Concepts provide a cosy retreat in the new reading corner. The colour palette was inspired by the original Minton tiles that line the entrance halls: indigo with accents of burnt orange, red, and ochre and walls are completed with William Morris Standen print wallpaper from Morris & Co.
The collective feeling of new Hampton Manor is perfectly realised in Peel’s Restaurant. At its centre is a new oak dining table, hand-planed by revered carpenter William Self with legs designed to resemble trees from the surrounding 45 acres of parkland. The table allows two parties to share the space yet maintain their privacy and is divided in two with ceramic pots by Sarah Jerath, an artist who uses geological materials gathered from a quarry hill in Northern England.
The pots perfectly compliment the restaurant’s hand-thrown tableware by Sytch Farm Studio and Jerath also used clay from Hampton’s grounds to make five new vases, which are placed around the Manor.
The Tasting Table in the lobby, again handmade by William Self, is produced from marble-topped scorched oak. It contains built-in wine fridges, allowing guest to sit and try new organic wines led by the Manor’s highly knowledgeable team. Hand-blown glass lighting by Rothschild and Bickers hangs above the table. In The Parlour, a welcoming hub for afternoon tea and aperitifs, the concept of the table continues.
Creative Director and co owner, Fjona Hill, who launched Hampton Manor alongside husband James, has designed spaces that emphasise the original features of the house from hand-carved oak to painted stained glass. Hill wanted to recognise the independent craftspeople behind Britain’s flourishing maker-movement, throughout each space.
“Guests are invited to make these new interiors their own; to rock in an armchair leafing through literature in the reading corner, or to sit at The Tasting Table and try Wine Director Sam Olive’s latest discovery,” says Fjona Hill.
New British suppliers have come on board, filling the menus with tantalising flavours, from Nyetimber English sparkling wines to OW Loeb wine on tap; teas by Prince & Sons and Lalani & Co, and Artisan products from Aubrey Allen and Sauce Fine Foods.
Eight signature guestrooms and suites were redecorated. Referencing the Arts and Crafts movement with William Morris wallpapers and fabrics from Morris & Co, each room is finished with innovative touches, like ladder bookshelves from Rockett St. Commissioned furnishings and accessories from handpicked artists and makers, include the work of Cotswold-based potter Neil Alcock and abstract painter Wendy Satchwell.
Notes to editors:
- A new website accompanies the re-launch – coming October
- Peel’s Restaurant won its first Michelin Star in October 2016, under current Head Chef Rob Palmer. Peel’s is open Tuesday – Saturday for dinner only with 28 covers.
- Hampton Manor is home to 15 bedrooms
- Room rates start from £150.00
www.hamptonmanor.com Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull, B92 0DQ 01675 446 080