Whatley Manor unveils new £540 menu for two

Ricki Weston, the new executive chef at Whatley Manor, has unveiled his latest menus – including a 12-course experience priced at £540 for two, including matching wines.

There is a less extravagant menu available, on which mains will start at £24, at Grey’s Brasserie at the Malmesbury Hotel.

The hotel recently reopened after a short closure on Friday February 4, to kick off the changes.

Sue Williams, General Manager of Whatley Manor, said: “What particularly excites me about Ricki’s dishes is that they demonstrate the best of British heritage.

“It focuses on delivering a well-rounded dining experience with brilliant depth of flavor, and all using 98% ingredients sourced from the British Isles.

“He is also working with our new Head Gardener to further reduce our carbon footprint by increasing locally grown produce in the hotel gardens.”

A hotel spokesperson said: ‘The dining room menu format includes a dozen dishes at £175pp, with a vegetarian alternative. Ricki’s food is predominantly British, with a particular emphasis on local Wiltshire produce and suppliers wherever possible. Optional food and wine pairings are available from £95 per person.

“Example dishes include: potato with truffled goat cheese and onion; chicken and parsnip caviar, lamb with salted lettuce; cockles, cucumber, shallot and trout roe; turbot with celeriac, chicken wing; aged duck, carrot, date and berry sauce and plum, custard and apple blossom pudding.

At Grey’s Brasserie, the most informal restaurant, Ricki and her team have come up with a modern British à la carte menu. Starters range from £11-£13, main courses from £24-£30 and desserts from £11.

Typical dishes include: mackerel, sesame seed mayonnaise, fresh herbs; mussels in cream, white wine sauce, celery and crispy shallots; venison, roasted celeriac, red currants and sprouting broccoli; poached rhubarb, gingerbread ice cream and goat’s milk; and banana and caramelized chocolate tart, yogurt and hazelnut butter.

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