Mallory Court,

Harbury Lane,

Leamington Spa

CV33 9QB

mallory.co.uk

Telephone: 01926 330214

Email: reception@mallory.co.uk

Located on the outskirts of Royal Leamington Spa, in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, the Mallory Court is regarded as one of the Midlands’ finest luxury hotels and is the epitome of a quintessential English Country House Hotel.

The stunning manor house is also Warwickshire's only Michelin-starred restaurant. The highly coveted Michelin star is held by Head Chef Simon Haigh, making him the finest chef in the Coventry and Warwickshire region. The hotel offers a range of dining experiences, from the relaxed atmosphere and menu of the Brasserie to the refined elegance of the multi-award-winning Dining Room. There is also a selection of private dining and function rooms.

On arrival we were warmly greeted by friendly and courteous staff and shown to the Drawing Room for pre-dinner drinks. A tray of delicious canapés soon arrived, and included large green olives, blue cheese biscuits, truffle caramel popcorn, duck spring rolls and risotto & Palma ham balls. After devouring every mouthful, we were shown to our table in the beautiful and elegant oak-panelled Dining Room. There are just six tables in the spacious room, ensuring a delightfully intimate dining experience. There was a choice of two menus on offer, both brimming with imagination and innovation. The fixed price menu is £45.00 per person and the a la carte £59.50. Both include three-courses plus coffee and petit fours.
For a starter I chose the shellfish bisque, crab ravioli with cucumber, which was the best bisque I have ever tried. My husband opted for the cream of celeriac and bacon soup, which also proved to be a massive hit.
For the main course, and after much deliberation, I opted for the nage of seafood and shellfish, flavoured with herbs, which was simply divine. The dish contained six different types of fish – scallop, king prawn, squid, seabass, red mullet and John Dory. The flavours were amazing; the only disappointment was the meal coming to an end! My husband chose the duo of pork with textures of parsnip & violet mustard sauce. The presentation of the dish was quite simply a work of art.
The desserts were equally delicious and beautifully presented, with my husband opting for the vanilla creme brulee, poached rhubarb, ginger and advocaat ice cream. However, the piece de resistance had to be the hot blackcurrant soufflé with sloe gin jelly, cinnamon and apple doughnut. The soufflé was extraordinary!
We have been privileged to eat at some wonderful places, but the Mallory Court surpassed all of them. The staff were warm, friendly and extremely attentive. Mallory Court may be more expensive than most restaurants, and is probably, for most, a place reserved for special occasions, but it was worth every single penny.

Tanya Aspinwall


5 Stars on Sat, 12 Mar 2011