Calling all foodies! It’s the season to treat yourself to a Michelin-Star break where fine dining and fabulous dishes are high on the menu! We’ve lined up our pick of the best gourmet stays to enjoy. Add gorgeous surroundings and stylish rooms to complete the experience…
Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield, West Sussex
Set in nine acres of parkland and gardens, this Elizabethan home features gorgeous country-style rooms and a strong ethos of food provenance in the hotel dining room. Sussex-born chef Stephen Crane has held a Michelin star here for 13 years. Sourcing from local producers, he creates menus packed with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Choose from the Cuckfield menu or the seven-course tasting menu. Then settle in to your country-style room, each room is named after former residents of the house. Book the Master Suite and you can enjoy your own sitting room, sink into a four-poster bed in The Charles Room, or check in to a Spa Suite – an easy ramble downstairs to a pool and indulgent spa treatments.
The Club Hotel, St Helier, Jersey
Enjoy a lavish dining experience at this luxurious island hotel, which also offers bright spacious bedrooms, a spa and pool. Recently refurbished with a sophisticated design, the hotel’s Bohemia restaurant is acclaimed by food critics, especially for its desserts from Michelin-starred head chef Steve Smith. His menu is packed with flavour from ingredient-led dishes using seasonal fruit and veg and local produce such as Jersey Royal Potatoes, fresh local scallops, and oysters from Normandy. On the dessert menu, be sure to try the scrumptious Jivara salted caramel…Enjoy cocktails in the Bohemia Bar or a late night drink with friends at the Honesty Bar! Boutique-style bedrooms offer all mod cons and extra comforts including fluffy bathrobes, cosy slippers and Elemis bath products.
The Manor House, Castle Combe, Wiltshire
This gorgeous country retreat in parkland near Bath offers Michelin-star dining and a world-class golf course (designed by Clive Clarke and Peter Alliss). With produce from the hotel’s kitchen garden and meat and poultry from Gloucester Old Spots and Gingernut Ranger chickens and quail reared on the estate, Head Chef Rob Potter’s team is spoilt for inspiration. The flavours of the season are captured with original and innovative cooking methods to produce delicious menus for the hotel’s exclusive Bybrook restaurant where popular options include Manor House old spot pork, braised cheek, pickled white cabbage and carrot purée, and pain d’épices ice-cream. Country style abounds and guests can enjoy 18 hotels of golf before retiring to sumptuous bedrooms.
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