Melton Mowbray is an historic market town in Leicestershire, famed for the quality of its pork pies and Stilton cheese. At the heart of the East Midlands it is handy for Leicester, Nottingham, Grantham and Oakham as well as ideal for those visiting Belvoir Castle. Offering a range of cuisines, it is a popular destination for those seeking a relaxing day out or a special celebration meal.
The nearby Stapleford Park is a country house hotel set in 500 acres of magnificent parkland and woodland habitat. Home to a rolling golf course, it also hosts many other sporting events and activities and is an ideal venue for either a weekend away or an opulent evening meal. The hotel features the ornate and formal Grinley Gibbons Dining Room, named for the renowned Dutch craftsman that created many of the ornate carvings in the room, and also the Pavilion Room; housed by the golf course it offers simple food at affordable prices in a less formal setting. The proud recipient of two AA rosettes, the Stapleford Park Restaurant is a master class in luxurious classic British dining.
The Grinley Gibbons Dining Room is grand with elegant furnishings and oil painted ancestors looking down from their gilt edged frames. Wide doorways and carved woodwork on the walls add to the subtle grandeur of the room as do the plush carpets that allow waiters to effortlessly glide from table to table. The food is equally exquisite and presented with style and precision to blend into these luxurious surroundings.
Enjoy exquisite afternoon tea in elegant surroundings
Fine English afternoon tea is available between 2.30pm and 5pm; serving a selection of traditional finger sandwiches, warm scones with homemade preserves and an assortment of cakes and pastries, it is an ideal way to enjoy these beautiful surroundings. A selection of sandwiches with fine fillings is also on offer, including the Stapleford club sandwich with its generous interior of roast chicken breast, streaky bacon, tomato and lettuce. The choice of loose leaf teas is vast enough to warrant its own menu. They also offer a champagne version of the above for £31.75 per head which is a small price to pay for experiencing the lap of luxury for an afternoon.
The evening a la carte menu features an impressive array of fine classic cuisine, all made from locally sourced and seasonal ingredients with the attention to detail that separates fine dining from the crowd. Dishes such as roast rabbit loin with carrot puree and broad beans are served artfully presented on elegant fine china. Each Sunday, there is a 3 course set lunch available that has a selection of expertly crafted dishes with a focus on flavour. You could start with a veloute of artichoke and truffle, followed by chump of lamb with rosemary mash and carrot swede puree. To finish there are some delicious desserts including an assiette of chocolate or a board of fine cheeses.
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