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The slightly less formal alternative to Whatley Manor’s ‘Dining Room’ is this elegant grey-hued brasserie; ask for a booth or dine in the garden in the...
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Grey's at Whatley Manor offers delicious menus and a welcoming neighbourhood experience. Executive Chef Ricki Weston and his team bring you dishes that reflect their commitment to sustainable gastronomy. The menus evolve around the seasonal availability of produce of our local suppliers and food grown in the Kitchen Garden. Visit for Sunday for a traditional lunch menu
PRICE RANGE
US$34 - US$67
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
European, British
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a promising start where we had pre-dinner drinks in the garden, we were shown through to the restaurant for Jazz Sunday lunch. We were given a small pokey table in the corner right by the kitchen, also right in front of the band.. literally...had to shout at each other all through the meal to have any conversation. Had to send both our meals back as they were cold. What came out was only slight hotter, the roast potatoes looked and tasted as though they had been in a deep fat fryer. Really bland underwhelming food. Seemed totally unrefined. How do you get Sunday lunch so wrong..? Finished with a drink outside..£20 for a glass of house Rose a bit steep when a bottle of Whispering Angel we had with lunch was only £65. As for the Jazz, a bit of a stretch to call it that, seemed more blues brothers. Not the refined lunch we were expecting in any shape or form, left £229 worse off for couple of hours which had no finesse about it at all. The gardens however were stunning.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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General Manager, Owner at Grey’s Brasserie, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Amanda H, We are truly saddened to read your comments and to learn that you left after your Sunday lunch, having not enjoyed it at all. Please accept our apologies for this. As a rule we get lovely comments and actually Sunday lunch is...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went as it was our anniversary and we wanted something good but not over the top. We did not tell them as we just felt it should be a normal meal. The food was great, nice flavours, good appearance and just right. We also...had wine by the glass which also was of good quality. Service was good. A worthwhile visit to be repeated.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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General Manager, Owner at Grey’s Brasserie, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Flint77, Thank you for sharing your experiences of Grey's when you visited us for Sunday lunch. I'm glad to hear you thought the food was great and tasty. It's lovely to hear you appreciated our wine list selection as well. We hope to welcome...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is always a treat to come here, the location is sublime, the architecture is charming, the gardens are wonderful. I had booked ahead for a friends birthday. I prearranged drinks in the bar, so turn up half an hour early to enjoy a tipple...in the beautiful lounge. The restaurant itself is modest but tasteful. We had a lovely table in the window. The menu was not complicated or overloaded with choices. 4 starters, 4 mains. A vegan choice, fish choice and two meat choices. I opted for the dressed crab served with the most delicious sour dough bread and whipped butter. We made a bit of a mess ( crumbs everywhere ), but don't change it. The main course was duck breast with stuffed leg plus peaches. Very filling and tasty. Staff were very professional and friendly. Can't recommend it more highly, but the bill was high. But you get what you pay for which is a wonderful experience.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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General Manager, Owner at Grey’s Brasserie, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear AntoniaTrip, Thank you very much for sharing your feedback. I'm glad to hear that you had a lovely time with us. The chefs will be pleased to hear you 'made a mess' with the sour dough seeing as they take so much pride in...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As part of our stay at Whatley Manor we dined both in the formal dining room and the more informal Grey's Brasserie The food and the service in Greys both for Breakfast and Evening Meal was excellent. Well worth a visit and keep up the...great work.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wife and I went for Sunday lunch. The atmosphere and greeting were welcoming. The temperature perfect (on a very warm day). We knew it would not be cheap, but we paid through the nose for average food. My wife had lamb roast, which was eventually...pretty good. We'd asked for 'well done', but it arrived pink, so we sent it back. No problem and it came back fine - but it's always a shame when people's meals are out of sync. My wife also returned her gravy, which was too salty for her to eat. Again replaced without question. I had Atlantic Cod, which I thought would come with similar veggies to the roasts. But no, it was explained it's a 'full meal on it's own'. It was £29.50 for a cereal bowl sized dish containing a fairly small slice of cod on a bed of samphire, all floating in what I think was salty melted butter. This would have been very small for a child's meal. When I mentioned this to the server, she offered me extra sides to complete my meal - which I accepted, but paid extra. I'm not inclined to return here, as there are so many excellent alternative venues nearby.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 27 January 2022 via mobile

The staff serving were charming and pleasant as was the Sommelier. We can only think that they must have been embarrassed to carry the bowls to our table. I say bowls because 3 of us had sea bream on top of some indistinguishable vegetable, that...would have looked better in a plate and we would have been able to use our knives and forks which proved impossible with a bowl. The fish itself was totally over cooked and dry. The fourth person had ravioli that would have had Italians in fits of laughter and would have justified their criticism of English cooking. The starter Gravlax with beetroot was not only pathetic in size but utterly tasteless. We can only assume that all your chefs and cooks were absent on this particular night. We knew it was going to be expensive we certainly weren’t disappointed at that. I can highly recommend any of the surrounding pubs that will provide far better food.More

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General Manager, Owner at Grey’s Brasserie, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2022

Dear Vanessa A, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience in Grey's Brasserie. It's not often that we receive poor feedback like this. But please accept our apologies that you felt the food was poor value for money and that...More

Reviewed 8 January 2022 via mobile

What an absolute treat to have gone to this fabulous establishment. Attention to detail, staff, food, simply bespoke.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 24 November 2021

Just wow amazing building friendly helpful staff the food on the sunday lunch menu was one of the best fine dinning menus the food is outstanding

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 27 October 2021 via mobile

After a number of postponements due to C-19, we finally made the Lunch with Gyles Brandreth. The communication from Holly was first class and any emails were answered promptly. We arrived at this attractive hotel in glorious October sunshine and we were welcomed by the...staff. We joined the 50+ other guests in the sitting room and had a glass of champagne and canapés that were delicious. Gyles arrived without fanfare and wandered around the room, joining tables to chat amiably with one and all. Lunch was then served - smoked salmon, chicken with ‘scorched’ cabbage and potatoes, followed by a delicious dessert. Wine, both white and red was free flowing. Tea and coffee was also available. The service was friendly but professional at all times. The talk given by Mr Brandreth was very funny, interesting and a perfect length of time ( considering his record for after dinner speaking is 12 hours!) He then signed copies of his new book, it’s a great read too. Afterwards, we walked in the lovely gardens and sat and enjoyed the continued sunshine for an hour or so.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 29 September 2021

With a BIG "Oh No" birthday on the horizon, I wanted to do something special and not so main stream for my closest friends Grey's Brasserie Sunday Jazz Lunch at Whatley Manor looked like a perfect and believe me neither me or my 24 guests...were disappointed The venue is spectacular - the gardens magnificent Stevie and Stevie the jazz duo that form 'Gilmore n'Jaz' are brilliant, two cheeky lovely chappies you could ever meet. In order to play a treasured song Kenny G's Songbird, the most talented saxophonist Amy brought it too life for me The food - words escape me but I will try - DELICIOUS! Beautifully presented, ample portions : all the food intolerances I had informed in advance were catered for without any worries BUT ABOVE ALL : the team at Whatley Manor made this the exceptional day it became. They could not have been more attentive to me or my guests. Nothing was too much trouble from the moment we arrived for cocktails in the wood panelled Great Hall to when the jazz finished After 18 months of lockdown and having several close friends not able to travel from France, Belgium and the USA due to COV-ID restrictions, keeping these most amazing team members must have been an enormous struggle THANK YOU Whatley Manor that you did - they made my day one I will never forgetMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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