Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lords Of The Manor

Lording It At Lords of The Manor

Gorgeously mellow – Lords of The Manor. Pic: Alison Plummer
Apart from our own piece of paradise in the Hunter, the beautiful Lords of The Manor, a member of Small Luxury Hotels, has to be the most relaxing place I have ever stayed. It must be something in the air at Upper Slaughter (from an old English word for mud) in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, but it just makes you want to give in to all the indulgences such as a gourmet afternoon tea (the best in the area) and a la carte dining at the hotel's Michelin Starred restaurant.

Think Cornish red mullet and crab steamed in a courgette flower on a warm aubergine gateau; sirloin of Cotswold Longhorn beef, fricassee of Hereford snails and broad beans, cep purée, red wine auce; roasted Creedy Carver Devonshire duck, Cox's farm pear puree, pan fried foie gras; fillet of Loch Duart salmon,  Cox's Farm asparagus.

The whole Cotswold area has become a gourmet experience with farm shops to visit, farm gates and fabulous local produce. The ancient city of Cirencester has gracious buildings and laneways with intriguing shops and cafes such as Made by Bob, a stylish, modern café opposite Hobbs House Bakery, while nearby are Cirencester Cupcakes, Jesse Smith Butchers with  Jesse Smith Bistro and the New Wave fishmonger

Cirencester Cupcakes:

All just right for a leisurely drive and flying in to Birmingham on Emirates makes the whole journey very simple. Oh - made myself hungry now ...

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Lords of The Manor Gourmet Afternoon Tea
Potted Shrimps with Granary Toast

A selection of Homemade Finger Sandwiches including:
- Cox’s Farm Cucumber
- Single Gloucester Cheddar
- Our own Smoked Salmon
- Cotswold Legbar Egg Mayonnaise and
Spring Onion

Freshly Baked Scones with Clotted Cream and Homemade Preserve,
Butter Shortbread and a selection of delicious handcrafted Pastries

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