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The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

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US$113 - US$155
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European, British
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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Updated 28/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Twelve acres of formal grounds surround this charming Cotswold stone house, which dates back to 1802 and offers lovely views out over the countryside. ...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed 26 March 2022 via mobile

Stunning hotel, friendly and efficient staff, world class food. Each dish was well balanced, clean and punching with flavour highlights of the meal included the morel custard, langoustine tart, halibut and plum dessert. Wine pairing was good but only negative was 3 of the 7...glasses are dessert wines but that’s preference as I find them too much.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 28 February 2022

What a place the most stunning grounds to walk around first of all and the most beautiful manor, The food is well worthy of the star, the most amazing experience i have ever encountered and one i hope to repeat, Every little detail has been...executed to the max, well done WhatleyMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 12 February 2022

It was with a degree of trepidation, mixed with anticipation that I approached our visit to Whately Manor . Hearing there was a new chef I was worried the food would be a disappointment . It was absolutely not the case .From the first dish...celebrating the humble beetroot and parsnip , through a range of delightful small bites , onto a lamb dish with a sauce so good (I was forced to use a small remaining piece of bread to mop it up ) , to the most delightful deserts it was delicious . The flavours both delicate and packing a punch were fresh , original and very British and whilst enjoying an eclectic range of food and flavours I loved the apparent simplicity of complex dishes. I wish the team success and have to say the service was fantastic .More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 5 January 2022

The food here definitely deserves its Michelin Stars, the tastes are superb. Accompany it with the wine flight for the very best of experiences.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 17 December 2021

This is a top class experience. Starting off with. drink in the lovely cozy yet large lounge, you read the tasting menu which like many top class restaurants is the only menu on offer. Allergies and preferences dealt with the food starts with lovely canapes...and charcuterie from the local farm. The experience continues with a visit to the kitchen where we received a very nice welcome from the Head Chef Ricki Weston, an obvious asset to the kitchen, and also three more small dishes. Here begins the realisation of the eastern influences in the dishes. Then through to the nice dining room, with three separate rooms. Our only negative was we thought it was a bit bright and a dimmer would help. Each dish was lovely, clam with trout roe, lovely sourdough, chorizo risotto excellent as were the tortellini and the lobster. I was getting a little full as the beef was delivered but my partner cleaned the plate. Then onto desserts that there is always room for, each of them excellent. Service was both good and friendly, just as we like it. This is a top class place with a top class tasting menu from a top class kitchenMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 9 November 2021

Quite simply sensational! The journey you are taken on with the flavours are exceptional with every dish so cleverly thought out. What a great touch spending time in the kitchen watching Niall and his team in full flow and this just added an extra dimension...to what is a complete experience. We have Eaten in some amazing restaurants including 3 Michelin stars but we have to say this is probably the most enjoyable.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 10 October 2021

I'm not going to describe the dishes because part of the fun of a tasting menu is finding things out as you go along. Let me say, we've done a few tasting menus and this was one of the most inventive. The asian fusion flavours...are brilliant, and we were both delighted by dishes which we may have turned down purely on the ingredients. The staff were welcoming and friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The waitress was engaging and informative. The sommelier was exceptional. We were tempted by the flight of wines but didn't want the volume of 7 glasses. We mused on this a little and he jumped to offer us 'selections' from the flight. We could ask for a wine when we wanted one - and he took our requirements and those of the food into account. Exceptional choices, very knowledgeable and really made the evening. Glad to be able to bring the frogs home for the next day. Thank you!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 29 August 2021

Everything about dining here is exceptional from the initial welcome right through the whole evening. Starting with charcuterie from the hotel's own beef cows while you have a drink in the lounge, you are then taken through to the kitchen where you get to meet...Niall Keating and his team who present you with three other dishes explaining every bit of detail. What all the component food items are, where they are from and how they are cooked. The kitchen is calm and professional. The restaurant itself is contemporary and staff are attentive but not formal. Each item on the tasting menu is brought to the table and fully explained with much made of the provenance of each part. The wine pairings suggested work well with the food and include some unusual wines. Armenia?! A 7 course tasting menu plus the 3 dishes tasted in the kitchen may sound like a lot of food but at the end of the evening we both comfortably full, a reflection of the care and passion taking by Niall and his team to produce a well balanced, interesting and high quality menu.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 29 June 2021

We were dead excited about our meal at Whatley Manor, and the food did not let us down. The atmosphere in the bar beforehand, as well as in the dining room itself was great. The gin selection is great. The food was exceptional. From the...very start, we enjoyed the asian flavours, delicate textures and punchy savoury notes. Highlights were the pork belly tortellini (incredibly savoury, but well balanced), the chorizo risotto (the best dish of the day) and the lobster dish. The dishes complemented each other perfectly. If you like Japanese flavours, this style of cooking is for you. Unfortunately, the evening will always be overshadowed by the service. Perhaps understandably, the restaurant seemed overstretched - and perhaps many restaurants are also in the same boat. However, we started our experience at 1915 and only finished our final course at 0015. This was far too long even for a two star dining experience, and we were very tired by the end. Perhaps we aren't hardcore enough for this kind of thing anymore! Overall, we really wish the service had been slightly quicker - but it will not stop us from returning in the future.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 4 June 2021 via mobile

It was a privilege to eat here after waiting several months. As one would expect, there are clearly high standards and ample skill in the cooking and presentation of the dishes. I also appreciated the specific pescatarian dishes added to the tasting menu. A couple...of points preventing the full 5 stars include the questionable umeshi desert and the fact 2 wines were brought out at the same time...why not do it one by one?More

Date of visit: April 2021
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General Manager, Marketing at The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2021

Thank you for patiently waiting until we could welcome you to the Dining Room. Your review is very much appreciated and great to know standards were met and your special requests were met. We note your observations and thank you for those too as we...More

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Boho1979
16 January 2022|
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Response from ColchesterSleeper | Reviewed this property |
The sommeliers at Whatley are very good and always seek input about what type of wines you like. They wouldn’t frown on anyone and will be happy to ensure both of you get the wines you enjoy. If you want they have quite a... More
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Response from Grapefan | Reviewed this property |
As the wine is priced separately, the price will stay the same.
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Lozi1
21 February 2017|
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Response from Whatley_Manor | Property representative |
Hello Lozi, We offer 5 glass of wine with the tasting menu, split along all the courses. They are smaller glasses but of excellent quality. Many thanks Whatley Manor
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The Dining Room at Whatley Manor is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5