Food and Drink
July 18, 2007
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Hambleton Hall
Location: Hambleton, Rutland, LE15 8TH [map]
Phone: 0845 201 6925
Open: Mon-Sun noon-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm

Hambleton Hall has been the region’s most successful finedining restaurant for 26 years, owned since the start by Tim and Stefa Hart. Surrounded by fine gardens and majestic trees, the hotel commands glorious views of Rutland Water and the countryside beyond.

The restaurant has held a Michelin star since 1983. But this doesn’t mean that head chef Aaron Patterson rests on his laurels. This year’s à la carte menu offers many striking new dishes as well as some old favourites. In winter, game dishes are a speciality, with grouse, mallard, partridge, pheasant, woodcock and fallow venison featuring in their turn as the season progresses. The hotel’s own kitchen garden produces a wide range of herbs, vegetables, salads and berries that make a big contribution to the summer offering, together with some fine local beef and lamb.

Sommelier Dominique Baduel makes choosing wine a pleasure and the extensive list is designed for guests who love drinking wine rather than collectors of fancy labels.

Meals at Hambleton come at various price levels. Best value is the weekday ‘lunch for less’ at £18.50 for two courses. Sunday lunch costs £37.50 for a three-course meal while three courses à la carte will add up to around £55. Whichever you choose you can expect faultless cooking and service in perfect surroundings.

None of these qualities would amount to much were it not for the quiet professionalism and warm welcome that inspires a team of 65 staff to ensure that your visit surpasses all expectations.

In addition to taking great care of individual guests, the Hambleton team specialise in private parties and small weddings for up to 55 people.

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