Tea Time at Hampton Manor
22 May 2017
- Hampton Manor know all about tea and present their very own tea maestro
- First ever ‘Welcome and Service Award’ from Michelin was awarded to Hampton Manor
- Husband and wife team run Hampton Manor with 15 individually designed bedrooms
Hampton Manor is part of Birmingham’s successful foodie story. Tea is part of that story. The hotel offer one of the most exciting afternoon tea experiences in the country and have their very own tea maestro / tea sommelier who knows everything about tea. The hotel offer Lalani & Co teas.
Lalani & Co is a family run company, founded out of a love for exquisite tea and craft produce. Across the world, tea is made in batches. Each batch varies due to the season, soil, elevation and producer. Every batch has its own flavour notes and quality, even within a garden or season, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Most teas in the world end up sold to the markets and blended. Lalani & Co specialises in finding extraordinary small-batch teas. They choose from the most talented gardens, from particular elevations. Lalani & Co know the seasonality of tea and which are the premium seasons to buy in. They even go into the detail of the varietals of tea plant used and the making process for the batch. These teas express the best flavour of their region and Lalani & Co ensure they find the best, made as a luxury craft, with the same artisan skill as with a family vineyard or a small whisky distillery.
Nathan Moore is Hampton Manor’s tea maestro. Nathan worked with the team at Lalani & Co to select the teas offered at the hotel. Nathan operates a now famous tea trolley where Lalani teas are weighed and heated. He then invites guests to listen to the story behind each tea. All of this takes place in The Parlour, designed by co-owner Fjona Hill. 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 with unique tea stories.
Current teas available at Hampton Manor include:
Assam Malt, Belseri Estate, India, 2nd Flush 2015
Full bodied malty and full of flavour. A classic.
Wonder Darjeeling, Gopaladara, India, 1st Flush 2016
Passion fruit sweetness, fresh floral finish
Himalayan Hand Rolled, Jun Chiyabari, Nepal, Autumn 2014
Caramelised nutty notes, Stone fruit sweetness, smoky finish
Sae Midori Kabusecha, Nishi-San, Japan, Ichibancha 2015
Mushroomy, rich umami, vegetable notes
Volcanic Buds, L&co at Kangaita garden, Kenya 2015
Nice minerality, stone fruit, floral notes
Last year Michelin presented the first ever ‘Welcome and Service Award’ which was awarded to Hampton Manor. The same day, Peel’s at Hampton Manor was also awarded its first Michelin Star. The special ‘Welcome and Service Award’ recognises the dedication husband and wife James and Fjona Hill have put into their hotel and restaurant. The Michelin Star and four AA Rosettes recognise their entire journey to establish Hampton Manor as one of the leading dining destinations in the UK.
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.
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.
William Morris is Fjona’s inspiration for the 15 individually designed bedrooms. She has 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.
Enjoy the ritual of afternoon tea with some unique twists at Hampton Manor.
www.hamptonmanor.com Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull, B92 0DQ
01675 446 080 twitter @HamptonManor Accommodation priced from £150.00 per night