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The best hotel in Yorkshire? We think so…

Wine & Dine Yorkshire’s editor, Lisa Warrener, visits Manor House Lindley, named the north of England’s best hotel for interior design, and also priding itself on ‘a dining or drinking destination to suit every style’.

Here at Wine & Dine Yorkshire we have wine and dined at some of the very best restaurants in Yorkshire. However, the quirky, friendly, chic and just simply amazing Manor House may just be the best place we have ever visited. A deluxe getaway we will never forget.

Situated on the outskirts of Huddersfield, the hotel was recently renovated by Sara and Mike Pressley with no expense spared, blending Chinese and Japanese influences with glitz and glamour. Stepping foot in the hotel, you didn’t know where to look first, the atmosphere, decor and attention to detail was second to none, everything was immaculate, even the toilet was stylish. The hotel’s aroma stayed with you the full length of your stay. We headed to our room, which again, didn’t disappoint.

Each room is individually designed. We stayed in The Diamond Room which was immaculately clean, decorated with quirky accessories such as old-style telephones and the complimentary lemon macaroon went down a treat! However, as tempting as it was to just dive into the inviting bed with freshly puffed pillows and stay put for the night, we were itching to get to the restaurant and see what was on offer.

The Lantern Room restaurant oozes elegance and luxury and again just like the rooms was filled with unique and quirky decor. We opted for the a la carte menu which is priced at £45 for two courses or £60 for three. We sat right in the bay window, which I personally thought was one of the best seats in the room. We started with all three dishes from the snack section which started with the ‘Smoked Cod Roe, Keta, Seaweed.’ It had a crispy outside and lovely soft inside with a very strong taste. Our second snack was the ‘Truffle, Cavolo Nero, Rye’ a dish which excited me as this was the first time I had tried truffle. I thoroughly enjoyed the taste and the flavour combination was magnificent. The final snack was the ‘Cheesy Doughnut’ fermented with garlic and marmite. I automatically questioned the marmite as I was unsure if this would go, but it worked really well, the cheese was strong but subtle at the same time and wasn’t overpowering.

Now it was time for the amuse-bouche which was made with pear, Tunworth and sherry vinegar. This was light and frothy, the pear refreshed your pallet and the sourdough was lovely and warm. It was accompanied with a pork crackling butter which was the highlight of the dish, melting in your mouth finished by a little crunch. The snacks were the perfect size to sample new flavours and combinations, but not overfill you, the presentation of the dishes made you excited to see what would come next.

Now it was time for the starters, I went for the ‘Orkney Scallop, Smoked Eel, Granny Smith’. The beautifully cooked scallops were very soft and extremely moreish. As I’m not a big fan of apples, I was concerned that all I would taste would be mushed apple, however, they were cooked perfectly and worked really well together – it may have even changed my opinion of apples! My partner had ‘Poached Oysters, Sticky Pork Cheek, Celeriac’ Again, it was a beautifully presented dish; the meat was cooked perfectly and extremely tender. I had to have a taste as it was my first time trying oysters. It’s always been a dish I’ve said I wanted to try but never got round to it and boy, was I missing out!

It seems extraordinary that we had tried all this exquisite food and hadn’t even had our mains yet. The mains we chose were the ‘Spiced Duck, Confit Leg Tart, Sprouting Broccoli’ and the ‘English Rose Veal, Pumpkin, Swiss Chard’. I have never seen duck served like this before, it was as elegant as a painting. So succulent and juicy, it’s one of the tastiest dishes I have ever eaten, everything about it was perfect. The veal was again perfectly cooked and presented, served pink and tender.

It was then time for our pre-dessert. I’ve never really understood why it’s called a ‘pre-dessert’ when it’s still a dessert? However, the ‘Lemon Meringue Pie’ can be a pre-dessert any day of the week for me! So refreshing and light, it was the perfect palate cleanser to get us ready for our main desserts – although we were pretty full by this point. ‘Manor House Mont Blanc’ was my choice as I love white chocolate! My partner went for ‘Caramel Mousse, Popcorn, Chocolate Hazelnut’ a delicious pudding rich in flavour from the chocolate and the popcorn, a treat perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

Throughout our visit to the restaurant our drinks were never empty, topped up by the polite and friendly staff when necessary. Dining in The Lantern Room and sampling all it has to offer was an outstanding experience – one we will never forget. Nothing is understated and although it could come across pretentious, the relaxed, informed, chatty staff take the edge off everything and were there to guide us through any queries we had, preparing us for the culinary adventure.

After a faultless night, we headed down for breakfast (even if we were still full from the night before). The hotel itself was preparing for a wedding fair but this didn’t affect the standard of service and attention we were given. All the continental options were available to help yourself to, and we also opted for the full English breakfast, which was cooked by order. This was totally gorgeous, it wasn’t greasy, the poached eggs were cooked to perfection, the bacon was delicious and left you wanting to eat more, which can be said about everything we tried at Manor House Lindley. It was the perfect end to a perfect getaway.

A special mention to the hotel’s manager Mark, who took time out of his day to show us around the hotel and answer any questions we had, he really made us feel special. You could tell that Mark and all the staff at the hotel were proud of what they have achieved and rightly so as this is one of the, if not THE best, boutique hotels I have ever stayed in.

Since visiting Manor House Lindley I have booked to stay again as I want to relive everything we experienced that weekend. So the next time you are looking for a weekend away to be wined and dined, experiencing elegance on a plate, why not consider this beautiful hotel, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. But prepare yourself; you may never want to leave!

Lindley, visit www.manorhouselindley.co.uk

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