Lords of the Manor Restaurant

4.6
55 reviews
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£41 and over
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Modern European
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  • Romance
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  • Tasting Menu
Lords of the Manor is renowned as a gourmet dining destination offering an exquisite menu subtly influenced by French cuisine. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced and come from producers in nearby villages.

We truly hope that you will enjoy your dining experience with us.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Sunday: 12pm - 2pm

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:45pm - 8:45pm
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Phone number
01451 820243
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Charles Smith
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Private Party Facilities
Private Dinning can be arranged from 4 up to 60 people
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Private Party Contact
Hanna: 01451 820243
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Parking Details
Car Parking on site
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Public Transit
Kingham Rail Way Station
Additional
Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room
What 55 People Are Saying
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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine pairings were brilliant and generous.

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OT
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Service and bar good.


Food good but not exceptional.


Dining room was poor.

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RM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening, excellent food and first class service. Best meal I’ve had in a long time! Thanks

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BM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and venue. Worth the drive. Everything was cooked to perfection. The atmosphere is Cotswolds perfect. Service is very professional.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday Birthday Birthday Birthday

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JC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and wait staff was excellent. The hotel was lovely. The only negative was the loud group of 4 sitting in the center of the restaurant. I apse t the acoustics aren’t the best.

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U
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From arrival for drinks to ending dinner 3 hours later it was all wonderful. Our 5th time here in 25 years. Probably won’t be back but have super memories. Thanks.

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RP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband for lunch for his birthday and had a great time. The food was delicious and the waiting staff were lovely, couldn't fault it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Expensive but the food was excellent and the surroundings are beautiful

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A great experience. The building and the estate are stunning - when the weather is good it is a must to wander in the estate and back gardens. The décor of the restaurant itself is refined, if a bit understated - at least there is no faux-pas there.

The food is undoubtedly worth a Michelin star - I wasn't expecting something so refined and so good, to be honest. I was very impressed and same for my girlfriend. The photos speak for themselves, both the presentation and the taste of the food were outstanding. We had the week-end lunch menu, which changes very often. I started with an impressively square veal carpaccio then had a truffle and aged parmesan risotto ad then the dessert (cannot remember how it's called but very good as well). The risotto was marvellous: even without the truffle the aged parmesan and more common mushrooms would have made it excellent, but of course with the truffle it was even better.
The sommelier was also very appreciated, advising very interesting wine such as a Portuguese red for me. Wines were priced fairly for a place like this.

The 3-courses was priced around £38 (+10 extra for the truffle risotto) - which is a great value for what you get. Of course with an aperitif (champagne) and a few glasses of wine you end up around £120 or £130£ for two, but I don't regret it at all. And if you are more reasonable on the extras it stays reasonably priced. Again the menu itself is very good value for money, I'd advise anyone, with or without experience of high-end restaurants, to give it a go.

The staff even went the extra mile: I forgot my hat there and couldn't come back before going back to London, so they sent it back to my home, very nicely packaged and protected. Both during and after the meal, staff was both friendly and professional - a great mix!

Should I really specify that if I ever go back to the area I'll make sure I'll stop by?

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NY
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. Beautiful setting in small Cotswolds town. Service impeccable. Food outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. The atmosphere may have been a bit lacking. Maybe some subtle back ground music could be a good idea?

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Y
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and wine list. Front of house pleasant but service a little sluggish. We felt it could have been a little slicker without rushing. Just the wrong side of a good balance.

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L
London
19 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went to celebrate his birthday and it really felt like a celebration. Great staff and loved the service. The food was really delicious. We had the tasting menu and were wowed by the scallops (new addition apparently), the venison and the malted tart which was sublime.
Service very friendly yet professional.
Only slight note is that the dining room could do with a little music especially when earlier in the evening when it isn’t so busy as it can feel slightly flat but other that that wonderful & we will return.

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OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service with a pleasant surrounding. A little pricey in my opinion for what it was but I would still recommend to anyone. Staff were brilliant.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Literally the best meal we have ever had. We've been fortunate to enjoy many great dining experiences. This is the top. Every course was exceptional - beautiful combination of flavours, textures, etc. Would strong recommend anyone try it.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with amazing service. This is exactly what we were looking for. A Michelin restaurant that lives up to all expectations.

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OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great! Loved it all, vino was excellent x

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The location of Lords of the Manor is lovely, and we had high hopes for the evening, which was to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
We started with drinks and canapés in the pleasant lounge area. The canapés were delicious, but the non alcoholic drink was uninspired.
After choosing the tasting menu and wine we were ushered to our table, where we then sat for some time with nothing happening. Although in no rush, it did seem strange to move us from the comfort of the lounge to the dining room to watch others being served.
The food was very good, especially the fish course, and I enjoyed the wine served with each course. It would have been over indulgent of me, but I would have liked to try the cheese course, but this was not offered.
Overall, the Lords of the Manor is a nice Cotswolds country house, serving nice food in rather dated surroundings. However it is a little over priced for what it is.

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Very stale ambience, tired decor. Food was good but nothing special. Had been phoned to check whether we were still coming and in the course of this conversation I was asked what the special occasion was. On hearing it was our wedding anniversary the reply was "Oh lovely. There will be a special surprise for you." The anniversary was not even mentioned let alone a special surprise given. I have telephoned the hotel directly and I am promised a response by Sunday. It is Monday now and no response so far. Draw your own conclusions.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meal of our lives. Everything was wonderful including the simple things like butter were amazing. The smoked butter was great, but the normal butter was truly amazing. It tasted like lobster claw meat. My wife doesn't love lamb and I don't really like fennel. However both ingredients were featured on our menu and both were brilliantly prepared. I happily finished the fennel and my wife finished her lamb. I would recommend Lord of the Manor to anyone visiting the Cotswolds.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Lunch, amazing service, beautiful venue. And afternoon cream tea was also wonderful.

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B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Quite a limited menu but in terms of quality was absolutely supberb. Staff were attentive & knowledgeable. Was a bit quiet in terms of atmosphere but was a Monday night ( have struggled to get a table at the weekends). Fabulous setting . Well worth a visit

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Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, with wonderful staff, in a magical part of England. Delicious food cooked by a masterful chef,.

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OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, amazing food and a fantastic location

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JF
London
23 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food at my boyfriend's birthday lunch was very disappointing, particularly for a Michelin star restaurant. The waiters were efficient but many were generally too "pushy". We were asked if we wanted to have our canapes at least four times in less than an hour after we asked if we could enjoy the view of the garden and finish having tea. The grounds were beautiful but the dining room looked tired and faded, and rather unwelcoming. Disappointing food and experience. The beauty of the grounds is the only reason to visit sadly.

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This booking was our 1 year anniversary, we got married last year and celebrated our wedding staying for 2 nights at LOTM...I hadn't mentioned in this booking but was disappointed that they didn't have a system to match the booking, especially as this is our 4th time at the hotel. Service is mixed - sometimes too much and sometimes nothing! The food was FABULOUS! The best I think we've eaten...and the chef swapped out the salmon course for turbot, which was very much appreciated and delicious. We took coffee in the drawing room and when it came to leave, I couldn't find any staff, and had to go to reception who thought I wanted to just pay for 3 cups of tea - she had no idea who I was.... We finished our bottle of wine just before the main course of beef and my husband wanted to order a glass of red, but by the time the waiter came back to say all drinks menus were in use (??!), the main course had already arrived and we'd started eating....so we didn't bother! It's the small details that make the experience and whilst LOTM is a fantastic location, and the food is delicious and worth the money, the small details around service and experience just let it down a little and mark down the scoring...which is a shame!

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y
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

No atmosphere in restaurant, very silent ambiance. Some music is desperately needed. Head of staff berating the other staff in front of clients.

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LB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning food, fantastic service, beautiful venue. Everything you would expect from a Michelin star restaurant.

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OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food well cooked, beautifully presented. Attentive service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic lunch, value for money for quality food. Service was perfect!

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C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was probably to 1 star standard but with tasting menu portions for the a la carte menu - and certainly not good value for the price. The service was of the typically French 'superior' style which could be somewhat intimidating to some people. The restaurant was half full (on a Wednesday night) which led to a lack of atmosphere and courses being served too fast. We had the feeling that they wanted us out of there as quickly as possible and we, for our part, didn't particularly feel the need to linger, either in the restaurant or in the lounge after.
We were given 'tasters' to help us decide on which 'wine by the glass' we wanted - but this gesture was offset by the noticeably small measures when we received our glasses at the table (2 ladies on the next table, quite rightly, complained about the measures of the after dinner brandies they were give)
All in all, not one of our better Country House Michelin star meals. It seems that this place is living on past reputations and not going about redeeming itself in the right way. That criticism can also be levelled at the hotel in general.

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a special occasion this is special very attentive staff great food and wonderfull setting

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FJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Went here for a special occasion meal with my husband. We arrived 5 minutes before time of our booking (7.15) and had to wait in the bar until 8.20 before we were shown to our table. Although we had one small tray of canapés brought to us when we sat down in the bar, we were not offered any explanation or apology for the delay and as the restaurant was nowhere near full, and only two of the 6 courses were hot, it seemed strange to us that we were made to wait so long. The food (tasting menu) was very good and beautifully presented but not life-changingly delicious (as we would have expected for the price!). The wine served in the flight of matched wines was very good. In general we both thought that the service was over-complicated and my husband who had been to the restaurant in another local hotel the night previously said that this had been a far more enjoyable dining experience at a significantly more reasonable price.

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C
London
48 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a very enjoyable evening at Lords of the Manor
The seven course tasting menu was far ranging with three stand out dishes, but a couple of items lacked flavour and seasoning.
It was cosy in the lounge but a bit empty in the restaurant but that didn't bother us
The two waiters were attentive but the Maitre d' was standoffish and the Sommelier rather brusque and cheeky not only in his measures but in changing our choice and not even offering a taste of his recommended replacement for which he charged 50% more.
That is being picky but at the price it should be super special and wasn't
Hopefully they will raise their game as a new chef is on the way and we would like to return as the venue is special!

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FA
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Honestly, I was quite disappointed with Lords of the Manor.

At the same time, there was nothing noticeably Wrong (or even Bad) but nothing seemed to gel all that well, right from the start.

I know it was a Sunday Lunch menu (which I hadn't appreciated at the time of the booking) but I feel it's a pretty poor show for a Michelin-starred restaurant to be running a three-course menu that only has two options per course.

That's probably reflected by the level of custom - while I realise there was a larger party elsewhere, in the restaurant itself there were only two tables in use - my one and one other. On a Sunday lunchtime. That pretty much says it all, I think.

Service was similarly affected - the waiter was trying hard, but missing small details - he had to be reminded (for both tables, it wasn't just me!) to bring bread etc. Small things, but they're things you don't expect to be happening in a Michelin-standard restaurant.

I do feel kind of guilty, that maybe I should go back and try the full tasting menu, give them another crack of the whip. But this area has two other Michelin-starred places that are fabulous, and to be honest I'd rather go back to those before I darkened the door of Lords of the Manor again.

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C
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was our second dinner at Lords. The first time, a few years back, was a fantastic experience, with imaginative, delicious food and charming service, but returning proved a mistake. They now only offer an expensive tasting menu - the evening cost £600 for 4 people: if you are going to charge those prices and not going to give customers any choice, then everything needs to be fantastic, but we found both the veggie and non-veggie menus, and also the tasting flight of wine, distinctly forgettable. The maitre d' was rather brusque, and the service in general lacked charm and attention. For example, the cheese course was served with no explanation of what each cheese was; explanations of other dishes and wine was variable. Such a shame, as it's a beautiful place, but seems to have lost its heart and soul.

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Everything was perfect, my only criticism would be that it was so quiet, you almost had to whisper if you didn't want the other diners to overhear your conversation. A little background music would of been nice to create an ambiance. That goes for both the drawing room where the drinks and canapes were served and in the restaurant.
The service and attention was outstanding.
Would definitely like to return to explore the grounds and have lunch or dinner again but would just like a little more atmosphere, which I believe can be achieved while still keeping the tranquility that was present.

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JD
London
152 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You don't go to a Michelin star restaurant in the Cotswold every day, but you do need to splurge on the Lords of the Manor for special occasions. A proper and gorgeous English countryside location. Like in the good old days, you are directed to the parlor for an aperitif and review of the menu. The delicious tasting menu with the wine pairings were well matched. The food is superb. The staff is friendly and attentive.

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IV
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My wife and I have been staying/eating here for many years. This latest visit was not the best we have experienced. There was nothing wrong with the food, but it was not outstanding and the portion sizes were small for the prices charged. We have experienced better food and service on previous occasions, so we were left feeling a little disappointed this time.

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