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Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa

As one of the top 200 hotels in the country, Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to escape everyday London life for the weekend and indulge in a luxurious spa break guaranteed to reinvigorate the senses. What better way to start than to arrive in style in the David Brown Speedback Silverstone Edition. We were kindly given the opportunity to drive tastefully in this £744,000 car for the day by our friends at David Brown Automotive.

With only 10 of these handcrafted supercars built at the Silverstone, the Speedback Silverstone Edition is a rare treat of elegance and style personified – one feels the same way about Mallory Court as we stepped out of the car and crossed the charming threshold of the AA 4 red star country house hotel.

Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa is a magnificent 43 bedroom manor house hotel set in 10 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in Leamington Spa in the heart of Warwickshire.

Not far from Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Mallory Court is charming for its understated beauty and dedicated staff.

A long-standing member of the revered Relais and Châteaux group since 1983, this country manor house cultivates British elegance down to the slightest detail, from the perfectly mown lawns to the organic herb garden and traditional herbaceous borders. This is an ideal place to restore yourself.

Mallory Court has a pedigree and history that has long been associated with the best in great hospitality.

Well established as one of the finest luxury country house hotels and restaurants in Warwickshire, Mallory Court has won a host of awards including four AA red stars for the levels of comfort and hospitality.

This alongside three AA Rosettes for the Main House Dining Room and two AA Rosettes for the art-deco inspired Brasserie restaurant.

Furthermore, Mallory Court was awarded  ‘Small Hotel Group of the Year’ at the AA Hospitality Awards 2014/15 underlining the exceptional nature of this country house hotel.

We loved our handsome accommodation in the grand Lutyen style main house.

Dining at Mallory Court is an experience to be cherished. We had a superb first class dinner in the fine dining restaurant overseen by Head Chef Paul Evans.

Speaking on his culinary approach, Chef Paul says, “My ethos is to use the best suppliers and buy the best possible ingredients. I don’t like to over manipulate food; some dishes need work but if you have great ingredients it generally just needs balancing and cooking correctly and you’ll end up with something fantastic. Then it’s just about using your knowledge and skills to take it that bit further and make it something really special.”

We started with a drink by the fire and an amuse bouche of beetroot macarons with a smoked salmon mousse and some pigs head croquettes with a lovage emulsion. This really set the scene for the evening and shortly after finishing a relaxing moment with some pre-dinner cocktails we were shown to our table.

As we settled into the dining room our first course arrived. We were presented with cured Loch Duart salmon with avocado, garden radish and fennel essence. The salmon had a rich smooth taste and the different textures of the avocado and crunchy radish kept the dish interesting with depth of flavour.

The duck liver pressing was rich in flavour and combined with the hazelnut, bramble berries, Sauternes jelly and brioche to create a tantalizing dish.

From the sky to the ocean… the day boat Cornish turbot was a testament to the quality of the British produce. The fish was beautifully cooked and was complemented by the pink fir potatoes, heirloom courgettes and champagne.

The main event was the roast loin of Bovey Castle Estate venison with sloe gin venison sauce. The venison was rich and earthy and maintained its juiciness. Another example of a well-executed dish with balanced flavours and textures from the ingredients.

The treacle tart was a classic dessert with a local twist. The treacle lay at the bottom with locally sourced yoghurt used in the damson flavoured mousse on top. The dish offered a pleasant surprise when unearthing the treacle hidden beneath the mousse.

Another delicious dessert was the raspberry bavarois served on a bed of pistachio and white chocolate with a lemon verbena ice cream. This dish is sure to please any sweet tooth and finished our meal on a high. The raspberry tartness contrasted well with the sweet and nutty flavours of the white chocolate and pistachio. This is a dish that will keep you coming back for yet another spoonful.

The next day we enjoyed the ultimate spa experience with relaxing treatments in the Elan Spa. Tucked amongst the trees in Mallory’s glorious grounds, the spa is a peaceful retreat where you can de-stress in sublime, state of the art facilities whilst gazing over the English country gardens.

I experienced the Espa Pre Natal Face and Body Ritual – 55 minutes of relaxing treatment relieving areas prone to stress and tension during pregnancy while nourishing the skin and relaxing the mind. A prenatal back massage was followed by a nourishing facial tailored to suit my skin’s individual needs.

Mr Sloan enjoyed his Ila Kundalini Back Treatment – a nurturing treatment ideal for those suffering from emotional exhaustion, chronic fatigue or just plain old stress, it has an extraordinary restorative effect on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems using ancient marma therapy and warm herbal poultices which are massaged into the back of the body whilst sound healing and chakra balancing lift away tension. Energy is released from the base of the spine, negativity is dissolved and the body is brought back to a state of balance.

Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa is the perfect location for a relaxing spa break with award-winning destination dining from Head Chef Paul Evans and luxurious pampering at the Elan Spa. We were left enchanted by the luxury accommodation, breathtaking grounds, unobtrusive service and simply exquisite food.

Ms Sheridan-Williams was hosted by Mallory Court Country House Hotel and Spa in Warwickshire, part of the Eden Hotel Collection. There are 12 luxurious spa bedrooms, in addition to the existing 31 bedrooms in the main hotel and The Dining Room, the hotel’s flagship restaurant, is overseen by talented Head Chef Paul Evans who sources local and home-grown ingredients. The Elan Spa includes an outdoor vitality pool, glazed outdoor sauna, Rhassoul mud room, seven treatment rooms, indoor hydro pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Stay overnight from £149 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast and access to the spa.

Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa
Harbury Lane, Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa CV33 9QB
01926 330214
www.mallory.co.uk
@MalloryCourt @paulkevans

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