Hambleton Hall was lovingly restored in the 1980s to become the acclaimed country house hotel it is today. with beautiful grounds and a view overlooking Rutland water, the largest man made reservoir in western europe. It has maintained a Michelin star since 1982.
Although this culinary haven is almost on my doorstep yesterday was the first time I had the opportunity to visit, it didn’t disappoint.
We had the Tasting menu.
- mushroom consommé-with parsley rood panna cotta
- Ballotine of duck and foie gras-with lightly soused vegetables
- seared scottish scallop-cauliflower velouté, black pudding and apple
- loin of fallow venison-with beetroot and cocoa flavoured sauce
- pink grapefruit cocktail
- passion fruit soufflé-passion fruit and banana sorbet
- coffee and homemade chocolates-served in the drawing room
complete with linen napkins and silver cutlery stations, it is very formal but this adds to the atmosphere and the theatre that is so important when dining out, you are waited on hand and foot.
It really was a magical experience. New tastes and textures, leaving us inspired and eager for more. I’m full of new Ideas to try which I hope to share with you soon!
Now, the bad new is that the tasting menu costs £65 a head, this is before the cost of the Wine! So it really is a special occasion but they also offer a ‘lunch for less’ menu- two courses for £20 until 31st March. I cannot recommend this dining experience enough.
We stayed the night in rutland, not unfortunately at Hambleton hall but nearby in the town of Oakham. This morning when we awoke from dreams of venison, scallops and foie gras, we were a little sad that the experience had passed, after the months of anticipation! The only way to raise our spirits was to visit the hambleton Bakery, there we could buy some of their famous sourdough that had also accompanied our tasting menu. This way we could take a little piece of Hambleton Hall home with us, and savour the experience a little while longer.
Todays lunch? a much less formal affair!