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Hampshire Hospitality & Quintessential Afternoon Tea at Chilworth Manor Hotel

Ideally situated in the heart of Hampshire, Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel in Southampton offers charming accommodation and a state-of-the-art health club and spa, providing an ideal location when visiting Southampton, Romsey, Winchester and the New Forest.

Chilworth Manor Hotel is known for it’s warm welcome, excellent service standards and superb facilities. A rhododendron lined driveway leads guests up to the Edwardian Manor House with its sprawling acres of scenic landscaped grounds beyond. The conservation area, a short walk from the Manor House, has been lovingly preserved with a picturesque lake and woodland area, providing habitats to a wide range of flora and fauna.

The hotel’s conference facilities create the ideal environment for dedicated learning, with a dedicated events co-ordinator on hand to help you stage events for up to 160 delegates in one of, or a combination of, the 11 air-conditioned meeting rooms. The hotel’s spacious lounge is the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere over a relaxing drink and get to know your fellow guests.

We stayed in one of the well appointed suites offering the best accommodation at Chilworth Manor Hotel. They all offer a large floor space with an additional seating area. In the Suite you will find a Docking Station, high quality bedding, luxury toiletries, bathrobe and slippers. There is also an upgraded tea and coffee tray, including a Nespresso coffee machine with homemade biscuits. The suite also benefits from a laptop safe, 32” flat screen TV, quality furnishings, hair dryer and ironing board, magazines, USB plug sockets and reading lights above bed. Also guests staying in suites receive complimentary access to the state-of-the-art Health Club and swimming pool. All rooms benefit from free Wi-Fi.

The 1 AA Rosette restaurant is situated just off the magnificent galleried hall at the heart of the Manor House. Head Chef, Steve Lewis has built an excellent reputation locally for producing consistently high-quality dishes and menus that satisfy all tastes.

We started with the Chicken Caesar with sweet bacon, baby gems, croutons, pecorino, and caesar dressing made with anchovy oil. This dish was a very generous portion for a starter and was crammed full of succulent chicken and bacon. The caesar dressing brought the dish to life making it a joy to eat.

My dining companion had the Smoked Mackerel Pate with courgette, lime and vanilla jam with roquette leaves and malted toast. The smoked flavour of smooth pate paired perfectly with the lime and vanilla jam which brought a sweet element to the dish. A fabulous way to get your omega 3!

For the main event we tried the Slow Braised Lamb Shank with potato and root vegetable mash, roasted vegetables and rich lamb jus. This gluten free dish is so tender the meat just melts off the bone and combines well with the vegetables. This dish is made all the more satisfying with the rich jus adding a extra dimension to this hearty dish.

The Upton’s Venison Burger with venison streaky was a favourite, cooked medium it retained its juicy flavour and fell apart in the mouth with the cranberry and red onion relish was adding sweet tang to this crowd pleaser which is served with french fries.

We finished with the recommendation of the Homemade Raspberry Macaroon with raspberry and lime filling. This indulgent treat has a nice light crust giving way to a rich raspberry and lime filling with a sharp taste of fresh raspberry. This dish is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth.

We were recommended the Chef’s very own twist on Lemon Meringue served with a tart lemon sorbet. The lemon filling was smooth and contrasted with the texture and sweetness of the meringue.

Another must-try taste experience at Chilworth Manor is to treat yourself to a scrumptious homemade afternoon tea in this traditional English manor house setting. With a tasty selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, homemade baked scones and your choice of teas, you can look out onto the beautiful natural scenery and soak up the ambience whilst you enjoy this quintessentially British tradition.

You can also raise a glass too! What a perfect way to indulge whilst we took time to unwind. Cheers!

Everything at Chilworth Manor is homemade from the scones served with clotted cream to the baked cakes, pastries and freshly prepared sandwiches, even the jam is made onsite.

We took a closer look at the indulgent sweet treats awaiting us…

The sandwich selection caters to everyone’s taste from locally sourced chicken to egg cress and salmon with cream cheese – these finger sandwiches were delightful.

The scones at Chilworth Manor are a real treat. Golden and crispy on the outside, light and airy on the inside. Perfectly soft and coupled with the homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream, its a real treat.

Chilworth Manor Hotel is a matter of minutes from M3 Junction 14 and M27 Junction and 4 set in 12 acres of landscaped grounds and with over 220 complimentary car parking spaces. It is also 5 miles from the Southampton Docks Cruise Terminal, Southampton International Airport and Parkway train station.

Best Western Chilworth Manor has planned an inclusive programme of events for the year ahead covering everything from Father’s Day fun and outdoor cinema to murder mystery and festive cheer so there is sure to be something for everyone at this wonderful Southampton hotel. To find out more information about the upcoming events, call 023 8076 7333 or visit www.chilworth-manor.co.uk

Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel
Chilworth, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 7PT
08444 119 050
www.chilworth-manor.co.uk
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