The Manor at the Heart of England
11 May 2015
- In an Unspoilt Oasis of Green Hampton Manor Hotel is Rich in History
- Peel’s Restaurant is the Finest Dining Experience in The Midlands
Located in 45 acres of gardens and parkland, family-run Hampton Manor offers a modern twist to the country house experience with a focus on relaxed charm. The pretty village of Hampton-In-Arden sets the scene for a building that dates back to 1066. Hampton Manor’s most famous resident was Sir Frederick Peel, son of 19th century Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel who established the police force. When he died his son decided to develop the area in his father’s memory. His inspiration was his family home at Drayton and he built a mirror image of it at Hampton Manor. The Neo-Tudor gothic style is evident throughout Hampton Manor and the clock tower looks out over the beautiful gardens. Today, the hotel is home to 15 bedrooms, Peel’s Restaurant, Fred’s Bar and The Tasting Room chef’s table experience.
James and wife Fjona Hill run the hotel overseeing a team of local staff passionate about Solihull and the wider area of Birmingham which is often underrated as a short break destination. At Hampton Manor, James and Fjona have put food at the heart of the business and the various dining rooms and options make a short break here a true gourmet experience.
Fred’s Bar offers diners a casual setting by day and an intimate bar setting by night, ideal for a pre dinner drink in front of the open fire. Afternoons are spent in The Parlour, a theatrical lounge where a tea sommelier explains specialist teas crafted in single-batch from various artisan family-run gardens. The Lailani & Co teas fuse the traditional with a modern twist afternoon tea which includes ‘Waffle Cone with passion fruit cheesecake’ and ‘Goat’s cheese, Serrano ham, fig toastie’ whilst not forgetting Cheese, Fruit and Plain scones. In the evening, The Parlour is also used for drinks with the gardens lit in the background.
Dinner is served in Peel’s Restaurant recently awarded 3 AA Rosettes. Young Head Chef Rob Palmer has created menus drawing on some of England’s finest local ingredients often with a contemporary touch but always adding the English kitchen garden influence from Hampton Manor’s vast walled kitchen garden. Dishes on the A La Carte menu include ‘Rabbit – Smoked bacon, prunes, purple sprouting broccoli’ and ‘Ryeland Lamb – Turnip, goat’s curd, mint’ and ‘Hen’s Egg – Cep cannelloni, parsley and truffle’. The newly launched Tasting Room with a front row seat into the kitchen of six chefs in action offers a four and seven course tasting menu option with accompanying wine flight pairing. The British cuisine is all sourced locally with Ryeland lamb, Dexter beef, Middle White pig and longhorn rare breed cattle among the locally reared meat. Cheese too is also a superb British celebration with Berkswell highlighted on the menu produced a few miles from Hampton Manor by Stephen and Sheila Fletcher. Head Chef Rob Palmer and his kitchen team have all grown up within 20 miles of Hampton Manor. Rob worked alongside former Michelin starred chef, Martyn Pearn.
Wines are taken seriously at Hampton Manor and sommelier Danielle Carr has researched Old World and New World wines that complement the various menus. Her personal interest of both traditional and fresh vineyards and regions allows diners to sample lesser known wines if they wish or excellent value wines from regions that are on the day-to-day radar.
After indulging the taste buds it is time to relax in the individually designed bedrooms all featuring the Louis Collection of furniture by award winning designer John Reeves. Original features have been maintained in each room and the views of the grounds are spectacular to awake to. Bathrooms include monsoon showers and large baths with toiletries by ‘REN Clean Skincare’. Each bedroom has its own story and the design has been inspired somewhat by a personality linked in a way to Hampton Manor’s history.
Hampton Manor is an ideal base also for exploring the wider area with excellent connections by train nationwide. With its location in the heart of England, guests can spend a day enjoying Birmingham’s world-class art venues and St Phillips Cathedral, Symphony Hall, Waterhall Gallery, Bull Ring Markets before walking through the picturesque village that leads to Hampton Manor. Sir Frederick Peel was commissioner for the railways and Hampton-In-Arden station is a five minute walk from Hampton Manor. Birmingham airport is also a short drive away with many domestic and international connections.
Combine a country and city break with a stay at The Midlands’ finest hotel and dining experience.
www.hamptonmanor.com Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull, B92 0DQ
01675 446 080 twitter @HamptonManor Accommodation priced from £150.00 per night