The Dining Room at Whatley Manor was one of three UK restaurants to be awarded four AA rosettes on 22 January, joining just 47 other venues that hold the accolade.
There were 16 restaurants that achieved the triple rosette including Cheltenham’s Lords of The Manor, and The Methuen Arms in Corsham, Wiltshire. The award guidelines consider three rosettes for “outstanding restaurants that achieve standards that demand recognition well beyond their local area,” so we don’t want to say ‘we told you so‘, but these two are well worth the visit.
We experienced firsthand over the summer why head chef Leigh Evans and his team had built up such a reputation, by accompanying Leigh on a definitely-not-staged-for-the-camera forage around the pubs well-stocked vegetable patch.
We were particularly impressed with the dedication to ingraining the philosophy of ‘garden to plate’ throughout the whole menu, not just the odd garnish (although the garnishes were lovely too).