A Review by Anna Cornfield

Eckington Manor demonstrates the ultimate blend of traditional elegance mixed with quintessential English charm, making this Manor hotel the idyllic country getaway for pure relaxation within beautiful surroundings. Located In the heart of Eckington and nestled in the delightful Worcestershire countryside, Eckington Manor provides its guests with a warm welcome, whether you are staying for the weekend or a longer break away. With a passionate team and an outstanding reputation, Eckington Manor is a venue of pure captivating elegance that can be enjoyed when exploring the local area.

The Manor was lovingly restored in 2004 and the farm and its buildings were transformed into spectacular accommodation where design and attention to detail has resulted in providing simply stunning bedrooms and suites, plus the Manor plays home to a cookery school that offers a plethora of courses teaching everything from basic knife skills to advanced courses for professional chefs.

It had been a rather dreary day and on arrival, I knew I had come to the right place to relax and unwind from my busy schedule. On arriving to the Manor you clearly are able to tell that this beautiful building is on the borders of the picturesque Cotswold’s. I instantly felt a warm sense of comfort and tranquility.

The Manor is furnished to perfection and on entering it was as if I was stepping into a world of timeless opulence and we were provided with a very warm reception by the team, who confirmed our dinner reservation for the evening. Once we had checked in, Julie and I were shown to our room, where the accommodation was just as luxurious as what we had already seen throughout the manor. After a quick nosey around to see what our room had to offer it was clear that the Manor boasted everything we had expected and more. The attention to detail was second to none and the room boasted a mix of antique interiors mixed with modern furnishings and lighting, plus the comfiest Siberian goose down feather pillows. Eckington Manor demonstrates its design perfection within its accommodation and all of which have their own unique stamp.

After having some time to relax and catch up, before Julie and I knew, it was time to head down towards the Manors exquisite restaurant for our evening dinner reservation. After being shown to our seats by the delightful waiting staff and after ordering our drinks, we were both presented with our menu for the evening.

The Manor specialises in providing fresh home grown food, after all this is the teams main passion and it is clear to see that this is the case, as Eckington Manor boasts an award winning farm, orchard, vegetable and herb gardens, which makes this restaurant standout and they focus on using seasonal ingredients and eating healthy and wholesome foods, whilst continuing to enhance the flavours of fantastic local produce, which is the key behind what Eckington Manor is about.

The restaurant again had a fantastic atmosphere and ambience, which lead us to opting for our starters. Everything on the menu appealed to my tastebuds, which made my choice even more difficult. After a serving of the rustic bread we were served our starters. I whittled down my choice to the potato risotto, served with celery, onion skins and divine truffle brie to start; a combination of foods that just made me look forward to devouring more of the wonderful dishes on offer. Julie went with the crab & prawn, relish, sesame mayo and mango, which tasted as meaty and exotic as it sounded, whilst remaining a light and flavorsome dish. 

After a short breather, we were soon ready for our chosen mains, which included the roasted and raw parmesan lasagne, served with pickled grapes and capers. This dish really stood out for me, with its individuality and take on such a classic dish, which tasted absolutely scrumptious. Then of course there was one of Eckington Manors signature dishes, called the Eckington Manor fillet of beef and braised shin, served with heritage carrot and marrow bone crust, with a charcoal emulsion, cooked to medium rare. The fillet of beef was just as juicy and tender as hoped for and after having a sample of each other’s dishes, I have to say, I can see why this is a winning menu choice within the restaurant.

Surprisingly, we both felt as though we had eaten just enough, but leaving a little room for some dessert indulgence. Being a fan of vanilla, I decided to go with the vanilla parfait, served with clementine granit and pistachio granola. Having a sweet tooth, Julie opted for the chocolate delice with praline, olive oil biscuit and salted milk ice cream, absolute chocolate heaven. I was trying my hardest not to be impossibly jealous.

After finishing our drinks and sublime desserts we decided to retire to our beds for the evening. Just a short distance away, it always makes me wonder why I don’t get away to relax more often.

By morning and after our lie in, we were feeling refreshed after a peaceful night’s sleep and were ready for our breakfast. The menu was incredible, tea and coffees were served, freshly baked croissants and a selection of cereals and fruits, all things you can expect from Eckington Manor. We both opted for the full English breakfast, we both had the task of clearing the plate and we both did, without any issues.

After our visit to Eckington Manor, Julie and I both cannot recommend it enough. For a quintessential English abode and an evening of delectable dining then you need look no further. I would like to thank Eckington Manor and the staff for an unforgettable stay at this hotel of excellence. If looking for somewhere special to visit, to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle, then Eckington Manor should be on your list of places to visit.

For further information and to find out more about what’s on offer at Eckington Manor visit the website www.eckingtonmanor.co.uk or telephone 01386 751600.

Eckington Manor

Hammock Road
Eckington

Worcestershire

WR10 3BJ

 

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