Hotel of the week: Hampton Manor, Hampton-In-Arden in Solihull
Hampton Manor is a family-run hotel located in the West Midlands surrounded by 45 acres of meadows and woodland. Last year the hotel’s restaurant; Peel’s, was awarded 3 AA Rosettes under Head Chef Rob Palmer. His innovative menus use local produce including from the hotel’s walled kitchen gardens. Peel’s is becoming the restaurant to watch with many suggesting a Michelin star is on its way. With a ‘Cool in the Country’ motto, Hampton Manor invites guests to embark on an experience that enhances all the senses.
Peel’s is open Tuesday – Saturday offering dinner in a relaxed, spacious environment with 28 covers. Modern British menus include A La Carte, 5 Course Tasting and 7 Course Tasting options, all available with wine flight pairing. The guiding principles for the young and creative chefs is to find ways to delight with simplicity. Start with middle white pig with black pudding, apple, sage & onion. Mains include line caught cod with langoustine, charred leek and vanilla or hen’s egg with truffle gnocchi, mushroom, parsley. And to finish? Passion fruit with white chocolate ‘Aero’ and liquorice.
All of Hampton Manor’s chefs have grown up within 20 miles of the property. Head Chef Rob Palmer came to Hampton Manor as Junior Sous, working under the exceptionally skilled Martyn Pearn who held a Michelin star for over 12 years. A newly launched Tasting Room offers up to eight guests the chance to watch their dishes take shape whilst learning the secrets of a lively professional kitchen.
The Parlour is one of Hampton Manor’s newest arrivals. Filled with contemporary art, garnished with fresh blooms and brought to life with open log fires, The Parlour lends itself to relaxed pre-dinner drinks and breezy afternoon teas with the exquisite teas by Lalani & Co. The menu offers modern twists on the traditional afternoon tea menu such as ‘Goat’s cheese, Serrano ham, fig toastie’ and ‘Waffle Cone with passion fruit cheesecake’, not forgetting Cheese, Fruit and Plain scones
Danielle Carr is the young Sommelier and she is well versed in all things Old and New World wines. Her personal interest in both traditional and lesser known vineyards and regions allows diners to sample new wines if they wish; or excellent value wines from regions that are on the day-to-day radar. Danielle tailors each dish with a wine that not only complements the ingredients but excites the diner. She has completed advanced WSET courses and been awarded accordingly. Danielle is currently progressing with the Master Court of Sommeliers having completed the WSET level 3 stage
Hampton Manor has embraced its past famous resident combining personality and modernity throughout. The Manor’s most famous resident was Sir Frederick Peel, son of 19th-century Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, who established the English police force. When he died his son decided to develop the area in his father’s memory. Although parts of the building date back to 1066, the Neo-Tudor gothic style is evident throughout the Manor and the striking clock tower looks out over the beautiful 45 acres of gardens.
Address: Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull, B92 0DQ / 01675 446080