Hambleton Hall in Rutland offers exquisite high-end dining

In a breathtaking country location bordered by the magnificent Rutland Water stands the grand old building that is Hambleton Hall. Easily accessible from the A1 and with Leicester, Melton Mowbray and Peterborough within easy reach, Hambleton and the Rutland area as a whole is a popular venue with some excellent places to eat. Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, the restaurant at Hambleton Hall is certainly not the cheap option, but it does boast a long held Michelin star and the outlay is well worth it. Accommodation is available with luxurious and tastefully decorated en-suite rooms that welcome you in with an enveloping calm. Perhaps they are the ideal place in which to leisurely dress for dinner before sweeping majestically into the dining room?

From the moment that this fine old house comes into view you enter the magical world of the Michelin star. Not easy to earn, and even harder to retain, this accolade of fine dining is the result of skill, dedication and attention to detail. At Hambleton Hall Restaurant even the landscaped grounds evoke a sense of old world elegance and whisper of the culinary delights about to unfold. Entering the lounge is like stepping into the home of a particularly well to-do aunt. The room is filled with elegant period furniture and vast bouquets of freshly cut flowers, whilst a large fireplace beckons invitingly. High moulded ceilings and elaborate drapes give the room a subtle grandeur and a feeling of assured comfort, rather than imposing constraint. The dining room greets you with the white napery and sparkling glassware that speaks of grand tradition and exacting standards. The tables are well sized and the upholstery well appointed for a leisurely meal where every single nuance is aimed at your pleasure. Heavy curtains frame vast windows and the light floods the space with a graceful air. Regency stripe wallpaper and mammoth gilt mirrors complete the aura of sumptuous tradition that is expertly balanced with a gossamer touch.

As one would expect at this end of the scale, the food is perfectly presented in the modern style. The carefully constructed menu reads as it should, with each part of the meal being balanced to perfection. Light starters, designed to entice your palate, include root vegetables with finest English truffles, or a terrine of red mullet with an orange and fennel salad. Main courses feature bolder flavours, with accomplished dishes such as roast partridge with pumpkin puree and pearl barley risotto or Goosenargh duck with spiced lentils and figs. The menu features a gourmet section that includes a selection of the finest ingredients expertly woven into various original dishes and features foie gras, ceps, bone marrow or grouse all only available at the height of their season. The menu changes daily, depending on what ingredients are freshest and of the utmost quality on any given day.

A tasting menu is available as is the tradition in high end Michelin establishments. A great way for the diner to experience a range of flavours and techniques, it is also a means by which the chefs can showcase the very best of their talents. Served to the whole table in a finely tuned procession of courses that are all designed to complement and build on the last, the tasting menu highlights exquisite flavours and skilled technique. You do not choose your dishes but instead put yourself and your companions in the chef’s expert hands.Everything here is crafted in house, right down to the exquisite chocolates that come with your single estate organic coffee.

Just one of many excellent restaurants in the Rutland area, Hambleton Hall Restaurant has some very special offers for you to take advantage of. Experience a 7 course tasting menu for just £72 either at lunch or dinner, or enjoy a 3 course Sunday Lunch of exceptional quality for £45. A choice of 3 courses from the a la carte menu is available at £65 from Monday to Friday.

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