We all know we live super busy lives – none of us shy away from that. Sometimes you need a full blown holiday and other times you just feel as if you need to escape for the night. Our stay at Stanton Manor was just that escape to the country.
We were kindly invited to stay one Sunday evening and enjoy a dinner in their restaurant. The hotel is approximately 30 minutes from our home, located just off the M4 motorway. Listed in the Domesday Book and steeped in history, the hotel was once owned by Elizabeth I’s Lord High Treasurer, Lord Burghley. Last year we stayed at the sister hotel, the Moonraker situated in Bradford on Avon – you can read the review here.
On arrival we were given homemade flapjacks – which were deliciously buttery. We were staying in a deluxe room which was decorated in contemporary colours, reflecting the countryside setting of the hotel.
Our room had a wonderfully comfortable super king bed with beautiful white crisp cotton bedding. Our room also had an amazing roll top bath – how decadently luxurious is it to have a mid afternoon bath!
There is a new chef at the hotel and the restaurant offers a 3 course dinner for £19.50 which is excellent value for money. I was expecting the courses to be small due to the price point but I was wrong!
To start we both had grilled goats cheese with carpaccio of beetroot and quails eggs. In all honesty, I thought there was a little too much cheese for one person. I then had brown butter roasted gnocchi with roasted butternut squash, spinach, and parmesan which was delicious. JB opted for the Stanton Burger which came with beef tomato, gem lettuce, streaky bacon, and caramelised onion. The burger should have been served in a brioche bun but as they knew about JB’s allergy it was served in a sourdough roll. The burger was declared the best burger he’d had for a long time! For dessert, I couldn’t resist the rich velvety chocolate mousse served with honeycomb. Unfortunately, the only dessert available for JB was sorbet.
Breakfast was a choice of continental or a variety of cooked breakfasts including a full English and Eggs Benedict (my favourite!). I was still pretty full from the night before so I went for the boiled eggs and soldiers. JB felt it only fair to try the full English – for blogging purposes of course!
We did have one minor hiccup during our stay – another resident decided that they wanted to have a cheeky smoke during the night which set off the fire alarms at 1.30am. The staff were excellent and assured us that everything was OK, everyone was safe and to return to our rooms immediately.
Considering the hotel is relatively close to the M4 motorway, we couldn’t hear it from our room. Our room was large yet cosy and had everything you could need.
We’d definitely return to the Stanton Manor – it’s so close to home yet is the perfect place to completely get away and relax from the every day stresses of ‘life’.