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Cavendish Restaurant at The Manor Elstree, Elstree, Hertfordshire

Cavendish Restaurant at The Manor Elstree

3.2
3.2
27 Reviews
£41 and over
English
Enjoy London panoramic views in The Cavendish Restaurant The Cavendish Restaurant and lounges offers casual dining.

Book for either Lunch between 12 and 2pm, Afternoon Tea between 1.30 and 5pm or for Dinner between 6pm & 9.00pm.

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2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    English, Contemporary British
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00–14:00 Dinner Daily 18:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    020 8327 4700
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Diogo Cardosa
  • Catering
    Please do contact our Events Team to enquire about hosting your party at the MAnor Elstree
  • Private party facilities
    The Manor Elstree offers private dining catering for upto 70 guests in the Hotel & 350 in the Marquee.
  • Private party contact
    Frances Coady / Kellie Coleshill: 020 8327 4700

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea at the Manor

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea in the luxurious surroundings of The Manor Elstree. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or enjoying a get-together with the girls or a special someone, we have the perfect setting for you. In the summer months take it al fresco on the terrace overlooking our stunning gardens and views towards London. In the winter cosy up by the fire or in our elegant Cavendish Restaurant and during December savour a festive afternoon tea. Traditional Afternoon Tea £40.00 Prosecco Afternoon Tea £45.00 Champagne Afternoon Tea £50.00 Cream Tea £17.00
    Afternoon Tea at the Manor photo

What 27 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.2
3.2 based on recent ratings
  • 3.3Food
  • 3.3Service
  • 2.9Ambience
  • 2.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

115 Reviews
  1. JeanC

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere. We had a lovely traditional afternoon tea

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  2. EMAY

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The dining room was very cold with no atmisphere at all. Unfortunately the smoked salmon in the sandwiches was not very good quality at all and the chicken sandwiches were quite overfilled and heavy. The best part of the afternoon tea was the lovely pastries. Overall it was very expensive.

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  3. MiryamM

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely place. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Food was good. The only thing I would say service was a little slow. We asked for olives and nibbles and never brought to us.

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  4. JanA

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fine, but the service very slow. A group of three with two teas and one coffee, the coffee had to be re-requested a couple of times before it arrived.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem of a venue. Lovely service. Fab food & special touches. We all really enjoyed afternoon tea for my birthday. We were very well looked after. Thank You.

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  6. KarenJ

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Staff friendly. Very quiet. Large imposing room. Manor once owned by Laura Ashley. Food not great, we had the afternoon tea. Overpriced for the amount & quality of food. £40 plus 10% service charge.

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  7. RichardA

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We stopped off here to spend the night in the hotel and so booked dinner too. Staff were young but very nice and the food was excellent. A perfect rib-eye steak for me. My wife preferred medium to medium well and only ate the edges, thinking she'd give the rare portion to me. Staff wanted to recook the whole steak for her! Not necessary but showed a willingness to please attitude. Breakfast also excellent, and the building is the grand old aristocratic pile featured in the Terry-Thomas movie School for Scoundrels.

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  8. DavidM

    County Durham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Terrible food. Nice waiter though who didn’t charge for an inedible main dish.

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  9. SarahS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had afternoon tea here and it was really lovely, good food, nice staff, very welcoming and good service. Scenery is lovely too!

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  10. AnnaJ

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The service wasn’t great , we were ignored as we waited at the main restaurant desk. The food was ok, nothing special and the bread to the sandwiches wasn’t very fresh in fact some were stale . We weren’t asked once how our afternoon tea was or offered a top off of tea in over an hour of being there. I have been to a few afternoon teas and I felt this was very over priced. In general not great food, not good value for money and poor service

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  11. Mazarella

    London

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Afternoon tea. Menu on a piece of paper. Not sure everything was freshly baked. Tea options v limited. A very large group was seated next to our small table of 3. They could have been put in a private space raft wasn’t being used. Experience didn’t match pics online. Service very poor. We were abandoned and I had to go and look for someone so we could settle our bill. General decor has an identity crisis and quite shabby. In need of investment. Very disappointing.

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  12. marka

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    There was nothing really wrong but nothing stood out

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  13. ChrisG

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service all very good in a superb setting overlooking London.

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  14. KarenM

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    I ordered fillet steak medium rare and not a hint of pink ! It was defo well done. Also didn't realise steak sauce was £3.00 each - normally comes free in other restaurants. It was very noisy and ambiance nothing like I thought it would be for a Manor House. The service was ok but slow Overall really disappointed .

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  15. SusanB

    Buckinghamshire

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Nothing like it use to be, in its day it was grand, I think the decor is such a shame ! Food came up a bit too quick I would say the chicken wasn’t cooked from fresh a little on the dry side but the sauce was nice.

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  16. CathyB

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Not what we booked so very disappointed and no one seemed to care

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  17. Laura

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I would firstly like to say that the young girl who served us was brilliant and I couldn’t fault her at all. We booked the afternoon tea on the basis of the menu that was on the website and when we arrived it was completely different. My friend also had to ask for a new cup and napkin as they were both dirty and stained. The website also said that the afternoon tea was £25.95 and when we arrived it was £40! Which is a considerable difference considering we’d chosen to come to you on the basis of what we could afford. If you are continuing to do afternoon tea at the price you are and the menu changing then I suggest you change it on your website. I have a screenshot of the website page with the different menu and different price if you wish to see it.

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  18. AnneS

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful building set in lovely grounds. Very glad I chose The Manor Elstree to celebrate my friend’s birthday with Afternoon tea which was delicious especially the homemade scones! Would definitely recommend it to my friends & family.

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  19. KeithM

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Placed into a different room from the main Cavendish restaurant due to a function completely separate from our booking, which we were not informed about at ant time prior to arriving. I and other guest were not happy

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  20. BrianW

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice restaurant but food was very ordinary and certainly overpriced for what we had

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  21. OldFoxbutnotGrumpyWalter

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful setting of The Manor. Easy access and parking. Welcoming staff. Excellent food and impeccable service : Competent and friendly. To recommend for a special occasion in particular, as we did.

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  22. AnthonyG

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    I was so saddened as I entered the old 'Edgewarebury'; to see it as it stands today. Even to the loss of the iconic Lions at the doors. It has now fallen victim and suffered the lost of 'elegance and Class' that it once represented. Even to the non-existent Sunday Lunch (although displayed on the website) I was informed "Sorry, we don't server Sunday Roast's anymore, there was no call for them!'. There had been a serious cut-back in staff after the recent take-over (Iwas informed) remaining serving staff were quite delightful but obviously treading an up-hill path. The Sunday lunch I had planned for in the Cavendish Room was now site-tracked to the old breakfast room. This room too once wis wonderful oak paneled walls hideously overpainted in white.

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  23. StephenG

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very pleasant venue for afternoon tea plenty of everything served in relaxing surroundings.

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  24. AmaryllisC

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was very poor. When we arrived there was no one st the bar. We waited 20 minutes to get drinks. Drinks were served without a tray and handed to us. Going into the restaurant to be seated there was a hoover in the middle of the entrance. I pointed it out and was told that there had been a do the night before and it was removed after we were seated. Only two people were serving customers. If it wasn’t that the food was excellent I would never go there again. When finished I had to go to reception to ask if someone could come so I could pay the bill. It’s a shame at how the establishment is run as it’s a lovely hotel.

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  25. AnnyB

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Had to wait an HOUR for the main course, which was pretty standard pub food., to be served. Lacklustre atmosphere not helped by incessant muzak. Felt the very young waiting staff (and presumably kitchen) were in chaos. Over £100 for 3 people (no coffees or desserts). Very disappointing experience.

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  26. JamesA

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    There's an excellent menu here. The chef is really good and the restaurant has a great view across London.

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  27. SusanB

    Buckinghamshire

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    This restaurant has improved since last year. The staff were very nice. I don’t like the smaller room though too many tables. I had the duck and it was lovely it just fell off the bone.

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  28. The reviews below were submitted before 1 February 2023, when this restaurant changed management.

  29. RubenN

    London

    2 reviews

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I would suggest not booking this restaurant. I booked it for my birthday and believe me I walked out. Quiet, no atmosphere. We were the only diners and there was no one else. They had just finished and event and were rolling tables out as we sat down and clearing up. The restaurant itself is old and dated and the windows let in a draught especially if you are sitting up against them. Whole place including site needs a complete refurbishment or knocking down. Car park dark and no lighting as you drive in. Not welcoming at all. Far better places than this.

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  30. EleniD

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This has to be the most awful afternoon tea ever. Nothing like the pictures in the advertisements. We had booked champagne afternoon tea. WE DID NOT GET THE CHAMPAGNE and when I asked I was totally ignored. Service terrible food terrible just simply terrible.

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  31. philipH

    Hertfordshire

    5 reviews

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Really good food, good service. Dining room could do with a little refreshing and 'warming' up decor wise, it's all quite white...

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  32. Silvitaly

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food mediocre, absolutely not worth the price at all Would not dine there again

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  33. Peter

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Sadly, we received very poor, slow, table service. One guest only received her main meal after 3 of us had nearly finished ours! All very disappointing, especially as our son & daughter-in-law held their wedding at your venue last November and the service & menus were excellent. We had hoped our lunch with friends would have been to the same standard & equally enjoyable. Rather embarrassing as we had expected so much better when we returned with friends.

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  34. SusanB

    Buckinghamshire

    7 reviews

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Nothing like it use to be,won’t be going back unless something changes. Staff were good though.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Really disappointing. We got married at the Manor (when run by Laura Ashley) and, as we live nearby, always returned for our anniversary save for two years during Covid. On our return this year, we couldn’t believe how far it had gone downhill. It is still set out as a fine dining restaurant (as it truly used to be) and they charge fine dining prices, but the only four main course options included a burger, fish and chips and a pork chop - pub food. The burger was pleasant but the Greek salad starter was basically a bowl of tomatoes with a couple of small bits of feta - not worth £14. The table setting included silver cutlery and bread plates but no fresh bread as there used to be and hardly in keeping with the extremely limited pub-style food options available. The staff were also minimal and poorly trained (for which I blame the management, not the staff). All in all, the management seem to want the best of both worlds - the classy building but food of the lowest calibre - but are failing, making what used to be a true destination hotel and restaurant a place suffering from an identity crisis and really not worth a visit any more. Such a terrible shame.

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  36. JohnC

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were looking forward to our evening meal as we were only staying for one night but the A la carte menu was taken off and we only had a choice of a pub meal which was very small, not even a starter. we had the only thing good enough was the fish and chips, was the A la carte menu taken off because we were the only two people dinning at the time ? i think we would have had a better meal down the road in a local restaraunt, breakfast in the morning was not as good as other hotels we`ve stayed at, apart from that the hotel itself was ok.

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  37. RajB

    London

    8 reviews

    8 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited on Valentines, it was really a lovely experience that we thoroughly enjoyed. Service was really good and friendly. Next time,i will definitely look to stay overnight as well.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Poor, uninterested service - customer made to feel they are an inconvenience. Quality of food poor for expected price. Cancelled my future reservation at the hotel restaurant due to this.

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  39. Augc

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Waited 50min for a very average club sandwich while being the only clients

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  40. TonyB

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We were the only couple in the restaurant. A very nice vegetarian menu was available to view on line but the menu presented was limited with a single very unappetising cauliflower option. We were aware that food was in short supply but a simple request for an alternative vegetarian option was met with a very apologetic “the chef doesn’t want to”. Now this was disappointing considering we were staying in the hotel and the only couple in the restaurant there was no other place to eat. So we travelled to a Harvester up the road where food options were plentiful. We have been many times before but on this occasion it was a disappointment that has made us reconsider ever returning.

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  41. Beccaj

    London

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff at the hotel were great. The food was very poor to the standard of the hotel. We had looked up previous to our arrival and had read a completely different menu to what was introduced to us on the evening. It honestly seemed just like a room service menu. There wasn’t even a steak available to order. Instead of a steak we were offered a burger without the bun. The standard of the food was awful. Seemed like already made food that was just heated up. I’ve had better quality and standard of food in a lower rated hotel to what was served to us at this hotel. Very disappointing.

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Cavendish Restaurant at The Manor Elstree is rated 3.2 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cavendish Restaurant at The Manor Elstree

The Manor Elstree, Barnet Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3RE

Additional information

  • Area
    Radlett
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00–14:00 Dinner Daily 18:00–21:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    English, Contemporary British
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Diogo Cardosa
  • Additional
    Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    020 8327 4700
  • Catering
    Please do contact our Events Team to enquire about hosting your party at the MAnor Elstree
  • Private party facilities
    The Manor Elstree offers private dining catering for upto 70 guests in the Hotel & 350 in the Marquee.
  • Private party contact
    Frances Coady / Kellie Coleshill: 020 8327 4700
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