REVIEW | Manor House, West Yorkshire
Why I Love It
I love that the Manor House in Lindley is near enough for a quick overnight getaway but that as you pull into the driveway you could literally be hundreds of miles from home. It’s set back from the quiet buzz of the high street which, due to its great independent shops, bars and restaurants, has been in the past referred to as the “Knightsbridge of the North”.
Worth getting a babysitter?
Most definitely. In order to fully soak up the live music and fine dining experience (and to indulge in a lie in the next morning) it’s probably best to do it minus children. The main restaurant, The Lantern Room, runs an over 12s policy too. However, The Kitchen café has a super kids’ menu and we’ve since taken Lyla for a delicious (and affordable) Sunday brunch.
A fine dining menu of dreams, luxurious decor that you wish you could recreate (and afford) at home, helpful and attentive staff who seem to know what you need before you realise yourself.
Value for money:
We stayed in a platinum room which combined comfort and luxury – the complimentary Temple Spa goodies were a lovely little touch. Our evening meal in the opulent Lantern Room was something else and would be the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. It’s not in the Travelodge price range but you get what you pay for and this was, in my opinion, well worth it.
Stepping into the Manor House reception area you immediately feel like you’re somewhere exclusive but not so much so that you’re going to be asked who the hell you are and shown the door. After being given a tour of this swanky boutique hotel, which is home to eleven suites, an apartment, four different eating areas and drinking dens and a fitness studio, Matt and I checked into our room and gave it the once over. Huge wet-room with his and hers fluffy dressing gowns – check; a great supply of premium spa toiletries – check; comfy king sized bed that would please even Golidlocks – check. Each of the eleven rooms are expertly designed and have their own personality and feel to them; ours was 100% to my liking.
Feeding time at home is usually 5pm and our 7:30 evening meal booking felt like a lifetime away so we went for a wander to The Kitchen and oh my god it was an instagrammers dream. There was wisteria hysteria and cascading flower arrangements galore; floor tiles which made me want to rush home and rip out our hallway and an array of cakes hiding under little glass domes which all looked delicious. We had scones with cream and jam (spread in that order – always) and sat back having a full conversation without any interruptions for the first time in a while!
Back to the room for a very leisurely time spent getting ready before heading to the Lantern Room for our highly anticipated meal – it’s amazing how much time you have when you’ve only got yourself to sort out!
The Lantern Room has the wow factor with its dazzling lights and velvet seating and although it’s got a very high end feel to it there is no strict dress code which made it a perfect balance of relaxed but fancy.
I’ll admit when I checked the menu online on the lead up to our visit I was a little apprehensive – as it changes so often due to the seasonal produce they couldn’t give me the exact dishes they’d be serving. For a food control freak, this concerned me – I normally like to see what the desserts are and work back from there! I needn’t have worried though the food was, hands down without a shadow of a doubt, the best I had ever tasted. Ever. I won’t lie and say I knew what half the stuff I ate was because I didn’t, but bloody hell it was tasty.
I’ll let the photos do the talking…
These were the “snacks” – Black pudding and apple pillow; sunflower, sour cream, herring roe; cheesy doughnut, fermented garlic, marmite and long moor ale bread, pork butter.
For the “amuse” it was soft hens yolk, baked potato and black garlic.
It was a choice of a starter and main or main and dessert. We went for the latter. Obvs. I had braised gigha halibut, turnip tops, chicken sauce and Matt went for the 70-day salt aged beef rib, smoked bone marrow, wild garlic.
To my actual delight there was such a thing as a “pre-dessert” which was a lemon meringue pie. For my “main dessert” I chose the caramel mousse, popcorn, chocolate, hazelnut. Best decision of my life to date.
Then to top it off out came the coffee and “treats” – little chocolate macaroons and fruity jellies.
It really was a culinary dining experience and we both loved the fact that all the dishes were served at perfect time intervals by our really lovely and attentive waitress. I would come back to eat here in a heartbeat and highly recommend it.
Not only does Manor House have a bar area – The Clock Tower Lounge – it also has its own secret drinking hideout, Lindley Cellars. Only open on Friday and Saturdays it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends after a long week. They often have live music and on our visit RnB soul singer-songwriter Link Lewis was performing a mix of songs which created the perfect atmosphere to have a few cocktails in.
Breakfast the following morning was served in The Kitchen cafe and we were able to select anything from the menu – cue pastries and a doorstop bacon sandwich. Foolishly, I wolfed all that down before I remembered that in my quest for body beautiful I’d booked on to a yoga class in The Studio a few weeks back. Also forgot my trainers so hotel slippers came in handy!
The Studio is an intimate and quiet space set back from the cafe safely out of view from anyone else! There were just 4 of us taking the class so the teacher was able to move around us all helping to guide us into the correct positions. It’s open to hotel residents and non-residents and was a lovely, relaxing way to spend a Saturday morning and if I lived closer I’d definitely book on to that class on a weekly basis.
Huge thanks to the entire Manor House team for giving us the perfect Friday night escape!
Cost per person: Dinner, bed and breakfast in a platinum room costs £144.50 per person. If you just want to experience the fine dining in the Lantern Room that’s £45 for 2 courses like we had (but with all the “pre this” and “snack that” it felt more like a 10-course meal!)
To find out more visit: www.manorhouselindley.co.uk
REVIEW: This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management to stay overnight free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.
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