The Bybrook Restaurant, The Manor House - Castle Combe

We recently took a little day trip, just ~12 miles down the road to The Manor House in Castle Combe. First things first, if you love history, look no further! Originally built in the 14th century, this country house hotel was once home to many Lords of the Manor. The most famous of which, Sir John Oldcastle, was believed to be the figure William Shakespeare based his fictional character of Sir John Falstaff on in Henry IV. Bordering the quaint medieval village of Castle Combe, "England's prettiest village," The Manor House is nestled in 365 acres of idyllic Cotswolds countryside. As well as historians, the hotel is also a great destination for golfers, thanks to its award-winning golf course, and of course, foodies (more of that shortly!) So, it's safe to say, you will certainly want your camera to hand, as there are plenty of characterful features to document during your visit here...

Escaping the ice cold January air, we ventured into the warmth, grateful to welcome back feeling into our freezing fingers and toes! A piping hot coffee and a crackling fire should do the trick...

So whilst our table was being prepared for Sunday lunch in The Bybrook, we briefly stopped by The Full Glass Bar. As much as we were tempted by the drinks menu (they have a growing collection of over 160 different gins!) I settled for a latte and Scott opted for a non-alcoholic cocktail.

Scott's arriving in a giant sized cocktail glass...

As we sat by the glowing embers, we were presented with the Michelin starred Sunday Lunch Menu (3 courses for £35 pp)...

Recently appointed as 'Executive Chef' by The Manor House, Rob Potter brings with him "over 15 years experience working at a number of critically acclaimed hotels and restaurants across the UK." He and his talented brigade of chefs create stunning, seasonal dishes, crafted from local ingredients. We soon moved over to the award-winning restaurant with our drinks, and took our seats by the window. Sunlight dappled through the window panes and onto our table as we tucked into a basket of freshly baked focaccia and sourdough bread...

Having quenched our thirst and sampled the introductory offering of bread, we couldn't wait to feast on our first course. I chose the 'Foie Gras' and what a good choice it was! The silkiest, smoothest, creamiest chicken liver and foie gras parfait going! Accompanied by a rich and fruity red onion marmalade, crunchy French beans, and sourdough toast...

Scott tried the 'Ham' starter which consisted of Cumbrian air dried ham, topped with a golden confit Manor House hens egg, pea shoots and shavings of parmesan.

The salty ham and richness of the egg which oozed out onto the plate, was definitely a winning combination! I had a sample and it tasted truly decadent and delicious!

The staff were incredibly attentive throughout our meal, and it was wonderful to not feel at all rushed between courses.

We both (unusually) went for the same main; it can't be Sunday without a hearty 'Roast'! However, this was by no means one of those ordinary run of the mill Sunday Roasts. The sirloin of Stokes Marsh farm beef was beautifully cooked, still pink in the centre but caramelised at the edges. The roast potatoes were crunchy and golden on the outside, yet fluffy within. The Yorkshire pudding was well risen, light and delicious! The glazed sweet carrots, crunchy green cabbage and creamy suede mash were just as tasty, and to top it off, the dish arrived with a wonderfully intense jus. So good, we had to ask for more!

From savoury to sweet, and the 'Chocolate' choice for Scott...

A white chocolate cheesecake with a blackberry sorbet and confit lemon. Heaven!

To end my meal, I opted for the 'Apple' baked apple tart with caramel ice cream.

I could almost lick the screen! It was SO tasty.

The Manor House should definitely be on your checklist for when you next wander through Wiltshire. It will promise a most memorable experience, you can hold me to it! For details regarding wining, dining, or staying there, pop over to their website.