Food and Drink October 12, 2011
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Martin Burge - Its all about the Cotswolds

It is with great pleasure that I introduce the 2011 Cotswolds Food & Drink Guide. Over the past year, it has been very satisfying for me to see a huge increase in the number of diners to The Dining Room and also to our informal-style brasserie, Le Mazot. I believe this is a good indicator that we are offering great value to guests whilst using the best quality ingredients. This could not be achieved without great local producers and the good relationships we have with them.

Ellbridge Quail Farm is located in Wiltshire where Rob and Tattie Steele-Mortimer started with a few quail and are now supplying most of the top restaurants in the area with quail eggs. Matthew and Diane Short, founders and owners of Lick the Spoon in Cirencester produce an interesting selection of fine handmade chocolates and their chocolate shop is worth a visit. On our doorstep, Tuck’s in Sherston produces homemade charcuterie that is in my opinion the very best in the area – they also provide the community with products ranging from meats to vegetables, all of which are locally sourced.

A few restaurants to highlight in the area include The Chefs Table in Tetbury run by Sarah and Michael Bedford; a bistro and deli combined, offering rustic French food. Michelin-starred restaurants include Lucknam Park, with Hywel Jones at the helm. Closer to home, the Spice Merchant in Malmesbury will give you a true representation of what an authentic curry should taste like.

In addition to the popular seasonal cookery masterclasses, I have added two new dates in 2012 where guests will be making chocolate Easter eggs and will take their creations home at the end of the day. Visit www.whatleymanor.com for full details.

Having retained our second Michelin star for the third consecutive year, and having received the Relais & Châteaux ‘Grands Chef 2011’ trophy for the cuisine served in The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, I believe we are helping to put Whatley Manor and the Cotswold county of Wiltshire on the culinary map. I look forward to welcoming many more guests from near and far to discover the food at Whatley Manor, and the food scene in the Cotswolds and surrounding area.


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