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The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 20-12-28 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20-12-28 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Twelve acres of formal gardens surround this charming Cotswold stone house, which dates back to 1802 and offers lovely views over the countryside. Head...
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
Extremely comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.
About
Showcasing the exceptional. The Dining Room holds two Michelin stars and Niall Keating's menus showcase his skills matched to seasonal produce, we would describe his food as Modern British, but also very influenced by his world wide travels. In 2018 Niall was awarded Michelin’s European Young Chef of the Year and in October 2019 he gained his second Michelin star. The Dining Room is recognised with 7/10 in the Good Food Guide. In May 2020 Niall was crowned 'Champion of Champions in the Great British Menu'. Dinner bookable 18.30pm – 21.30pm Thursday to Sunday. The experience starts in the Drawing Room, please arrive at your booked time and you will be seated in the restaurant 30 minutes after.
PRICE RANGE
US$131 - US$179
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
European, British
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything about dining here is exceptional from the initial welcome right through the whole evening. Starting with charcuterie from the hotel's own beef cows while you have a drink in the lounge, you are then taken through to the kitchen where you get to meet...Niall Keating and his team who present you with three other dishes explaining every bit of detail. What all the component food items are, where they are from and how they are cooked. The kitchen is calm and professional. The restaurant itself is contemporary and staff are attentive but not formal. Each item on the tasting menu is brought to the table and fully explained with much made of the provenance of each part. The wine pairings suggested work well with the food and include some unusual wines. Armenia?! A 7 course tasting menu plus the 3 dishes tasted in the kitchen may sound like a lot of food but at the end of the evening we both comfortably full, a reflection of the care and passion taking by Niall and his team to produce a well balanced, interesting and high quality menu.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 29, 2021

We were dead excited about our meal at Whatley Manor, and the food did not let us down. The atmosphere in the bar beforehand, as well as in the dining room itself was great. The gin selection is great. The food was exceptional. From the...very start, we enjoyed the asian flavours, delicate textures and punchy savoury notes. Highlights were the pork belly tortellini (incredibly savoury, but well balanced), the chorizo risotto (the best dish of the day) and the lobster dish. The dishes complemented each other perfectly. If you like Japanese flavours, this style of cooking is for you. Unfortunately, the evening will always be overshadowed by the service. Perhaps understandably, the restaurant seemed overstretched - and perhaps many restaurants are also in the same boat. However, we started our experience at 1915 and only finished our final course at 0015. This was far too long even for a two star dining experience, and we were very tired by the end. Perhaps we aren't hardcore enough for this kind of thing anymore! Overall, we really wish the service had been slightly quicker - but it will not stop us from returning in the future.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 3, 2021 via mobile

It was a privilege to eat here after waiting several months. As one would expect, there are clearly high standards and ample skill in the cooking and presentation of the dishes. I also appreciated the specific pescatarian dishes added to the tasting menu. A couple...of points preventing the full 5 stars include the questionable umeshi desert and the fact 2 wines were brought out at the same time...why not do it one by one?More

Date of visit: April 2021
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General Manager, Marketing at The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2021

Thank you for patiently waiting until we could welcome you to the Dining Room. Your review is very much appreciated and great to know standards were met and your special requests were met. We note your observations and thank you for those too as we...More

Reviewed May 28, 2021 via mobile

Super to be able to dine here once again. Excellent dishes, beautifully presented with first class and unobtrusive service. Thank you!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 13, 2021 via mobile

We had the 7 course menu with snacks, petit fours and matching wines. The food was very nice with a wide range of intriguing ingredients and flavours. The service was very good, efficient, professional and knowledgable. The meal was a nice experience.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed October 25, 2020 via mobile

Beautiful grounds and building, as you drive in. Was not sure what to expect with Covid measures in place but was delighted that we were led into the drawing room for pre-drinks. Sat in front of a roaring fire, in a beautiful room full of...character. We had trouble downloading the drinks menu and after being asked for our drinks 3 times, they gave us a paper copy. This was a lot nicer to look through at all the different wines. Descriptions of the wines would have been nice but they have a sommelier to ask any questions, which we did regarding a bottle of rose champagne. They only offer one food menu, which is the tasting menu and ask about any allergies. After our cocktail pre-drinks and delicious nibbles served with them, we were led into the dining room. This room took us by surprise as it is very bright yellow, lacks atmosphere and character. After being in the beautiful drawing room, this was definitely mood altering. We decided to add the wine journey to our meal to fully experience what was on offer here. We can not fault the choices of wine to accompany our meal. The sommelier was delightful, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. She really made our wine journey enjoyable. The food we did not enjoy so much. We eat in all sorts of places and was disappointed here after reading positive reviews. We felt as if the food was almost on a conveyor belt just waiting to come out, as that is the only menu offered. I am sure the menu was well thought out and took ages to perfect but for us it lacked imagination, texture at times and presentation. The staff do a wonderful job looking after you and your needs. We are pleased we visited and may try the other restaurant next time.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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WhatleyManorHotel, Marketing at The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2020

Thank you for your review and all your kind comments about the service team. Just so sorry that for you the décor and food were not so inspiring. We respect your thoughts and can only acknowledge that food is approached with personal preferences, it always...More

Reviewed October 8, 2020

When I booked I told the restaurant that it was my husband's birthday but they didn't do anything special to mark the event which I thought was a bit disappointing. The food was excellent, with the accent on Asian flavours which we adore, so that...was a massive hit. Dined here several times before and will certainly do so again when in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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WhatleyManorHotel, Marketing at The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2020

We all love to be a little spoilt on our Birthday and I am just so sorry we missed making a special mention of your husbands Birthday, a real miss on our part. Thank you for your very kind comments about the great flavors from...More

Reviewed September 29, 2020

We ate here on the first 2 nights of the curfew so our bookings were brought forward by 1.5 hours so that we could still have relaxing meals & meet the 10 pm deadline & what fantastic meals they were. I just loved the well...balanced mix of Korean, Japanese & French flavours. There are quite a few meats & fish my husband doesn't like so he had the vegetarian menus. To accompany my meals I had the Journey flight of wines which were most interesting & well matched. As we were eating there on 2 consecutive nights we had different menus on the second night & I went on a different journey of wines. The outstanding dishes for me on the first night were the chorizo & scallop risotto, tortellini black, halibut & yuzukosho & the beef & kimichi salad , nashi pear. Outstanding dishes on the second night were the oyster & kombu,scallop & champagne sauce , roasted cod & summer truffle. Service was spot on. It was all very wonderful especially as the 10pm curfew had only been announced a few days before which had not given the team much time to prepare & adjust to the new time restraint.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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WhatleyManorHotel, Marketing at The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2020

Hospitality had to be quick to respond to the Curfew and we are a resourceful bunch for sure. So it was yet another challenge met! Suspect it might not be the last :) But thank you for noticing and also for your lovely comments about...More

Reviewed September 25, 2020

Not sure how many times we have been to the Dining Room, but this experience was a good as all the others! Fantastic and imaginative food. Our daughter’s first experience of a tasting menu - she ate all of it.

Date of visit: September 2020
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WhatleyManorHotel, Marketing at The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2020

Thank you for your many visits to us and for leaving your kind review. So pleased your daughter was a little adventurous and ate all the dishes on the menu. Until the next time, Kind regards Sue W, GM

Reviewed September 17, 2020

Returned once more for dinner - enjoyed the tasting menu and everything was first class, with interesting flavours and ingredients to taste. Without exception, all courses were superb. Team is very welcoming, helpful and unobtrusive. An absolute delight to dine in the restaurant and the...price reflects the quality - well worth paying! All COVID regulations observed and made to feel appropriately comfortable. Many thanks!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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WhatleyManorHotel, Marketing at The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2020

Thank you for taking a moment to leave your kind review. I hope we helped create more happy memories of time spent at Whatley. So pleased the team looked after you well and you felt safe during your visit. Until the next time.... Kind regards...More

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Hello Lozi, We offer 5 glass of wine with the tasting menu, split along all the courses. They are smaller glasses but of excellent quality. Many thanks Whatley Manor
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Yes, The Dining Room at Whatley Manor is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5