Many people viewing this page will know that 'Room with a View' is a 1908 romantic novel by E M Forster and takes its title from a window in a stately house with a view of the River Armo in Italy I think. Well the Manor House is a bit like that - a beautiful building which in its glory days had many windows overlooking a man-made lake full of fish, a couple of swans and many ducks. It is Heaven on earth and looking out on the lake from a comfortable restaurant is an opportunity to go back through the tunnel of time to the days when only the rich could afford such luxury.
The menu is comprehensive and modestly priced. The service is first-class with food arriving on trays and served just as they did, I imagine, in those good old days.
As I was keeping costs down I went for the curry which was cheapest on the menu and was offered rice or chips or both! I went for both but couldn't finish it. The chicken was all breast, properly cooked with plenty of bite and a flavour which was well above the average. The rice, boiled, was in a class of its own and if I was to do it again I would have confined myself to the rice it was so good.
My other half went for the cod which was served on a bed of champ and a sauce which was clearly prepared in the kitchen and not out of a jar. It was amazing.
The one think that puzzled me - the place was quiet and we had the place almost to ourselves and I thought "What a shame, this place has got romance, just like 'Room with a View' and many more people need to experience the wonders of going back in time, in beautiful surroundings and at a price most people can afford."
Well worth going back again and again and perhaps next time I will look out that old novel and spend some time on the veranda refreshing my memories of it and the romance within.
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