It’s almost December, which can mean only one thing. Our Scandinavian Christmas extravaganza is nearly here!
We’re super excited about this one and created a menu that should showcase the best flavours Scandinavia has to offer (Elk anyone?) and that its not all dill beetroot and gravadlax… although they do feature!
A bit of wintry celebration before we close the Manor for the new year. We’d love to know what you think of our Nordic feast.
This past weekend we held one of our rare afternoon tea events. We like to change up our events to include and indulge in one of our favourite culinary activities – baking! As usual we added on the usual Dinner at the Manor spin on our interpretation of afternoon tea. We didn’t use a specific book as inspiration for the event, we thought we’d use some autumnal flavours, new techniques and get some inspiration from treats that you’d usually associate with bonfire night.
Our guests for the afternoon were a lovely group of ladies – some repeat guests and some new. All looking forward to sampling our savoury and sweet morsels. To start things off with a bang, our welcome cocktail came in the form of a dark and stormy – dark rum, lime and ginger beer. A zingy, spicy cocktail to get the tastebuds tingling for the savouries. (Non drinkers got a “stormy” – the same drink sans rum!).
Tickets are now available to buy for our Feb – April events! We still can’t believe we still have so many guests who want to dine with us! You’ll have seen the themes we announced earlier in the week and we hope you’re excited about them – we know we are!
Book now to avoid disappointment by clicking the event links below – please remember our terms and conditions before you book
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th March 2014 These events are now sold out
Tom Kerridge seems to be the man of the moment within the foodie world – his 2 Michelin starred pub The Hand and Flowers has been awarded the best restaurant in the UK and his TV show has sent him firmly into celebrity chef territory.
So it would be rude to not hold a couple of events dedicated to the big man himself! What’s more, what’s pub food without the perfect pint? Which is why we’ve teamed up with Ilkley Brewery to pair some exceptional ales to some tasty pub grub!!
Tickets for this event cost £40 per person. This gets you our standard 6 course feast plus 4 expertly paired ales (in the form of two pints and two half pints of stronger ale!). Luke from the brewery will be present on the 14th March to tell us all about the beer. For those coming on the 15th you’ll have to make do with us telling you about it! For our booking terms and conditions click here.
Saturday 22nd February 2014 This event is now fully booked
We’re getting the vintage china our yet again for an afternoon tea. This time we’ll be using Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries II as inspiration.
Readers may remember our first Kitchen Diaries event back in 2012 and whilst not the obvious choice for an afternoon tea, we all know of Nigel’s love of sweet things and his flavour combinations will work so well for an afternoon of unique flavours and bakes.
Having been invited by the folks at Leeds List, last night Dan and I took a trip over to Sam’s Chop House to sample the food they have on offer. We’ve visited before but have to say it was years ago and wondered whether it had changed much.We did see some of the other blogger reviews online prior to our visit, ranging from scathing to indifferent and we really didn’t want that to cloud our experience.
We arrived a little before 7pm to a very quiet bar – there were a handful of diners but the atmosphere seemed eerily quiet. Shame really as the building and the interior surroundings grand and it was sad that it was pretty much standing empty.
We always like to sample to ales before be dine so we purchased a couple of pints of Rudgate IPA and perused the menu for a while. Ale lovers note that the bar has come interesting craft beers and also has an array of gin / whiskies. Something that they perhaps need to shout about a bit more.
To go with our meal, we chose the Granfort Pays d’Oc Cabernet Sauvignon Languedoc-Roussillon, France, 2012, which was delicious and paired well with both starters and mains.
You may or may not have seen some mutterings on Twitter that it was my birthday last week. To celebrate becoming yet another year older and not necessarily wiser, we took a trip over to Manchester to sample Simon Rogan’s new offering The French, headed up by head chef Adam Reid. Having opened earlier this year to rave reviews, I booked our table back in June and eagerly awaited our visit.
The French itself is housed in a beautifully opulent dining room within the hotel. Old meets new in the Victorian interior fused with Scandinavian furniture – a nod to the styling in Rogan’s other restaurants.
The restaurant offers two choices during the evenings, a six course menu or a ten course. Being the greedy guts we are, we obviously went for the ten course feast and then really pushed the boat out with ten paired wines – the majority of which were white, all of which matched beautifully and our sommelier was on had to answer any of our questions.
However, to really start the evening off, cocktails were the order of the day for our aperitifs, which were brought over from the French’s sister restaurant Mr Cooper’s House and Garden. Beautifully crafted, we sipped and chatted away whilst the canapes arrived.
As usual, I am not going to bore you with long winded descriptions of each of the dishes, I managed to take some decent photos so I’ll let these seduce you into dining there instead! Continue reading →
The nights are drawing in and the weather is becoming increasingly colder. We’ve devised some Autumnal warmers to keep our guests cosy at the Manor next month at our Bonfire themed afternoon tea.
Bonfire night favourites coupled with seasonal ingredients, these treats will ensure our guests’ Saturday afternoon starts with a bang. Homemade breads, pastries and cakes full of big flavours are on the cards so we suggest our guests skip lunch and dinner!
How time flies when you’re having food fun!? Dan and I have been running Dinner at the Manor now for almost two years! It seems like yesterday when we opened up the door to our first guests. We were hooked!
To celebrate, we’ve created an extravagant 7 course menu (with a few added surprises!) that we feel epitomises mine and Dan’s cooking styles. This is the first time we’re going it alone without a cookbook and cuisin to rely on, exciting and scary at the same time! The food will be fun and hopefully something different for our guests old and new!
Get the champers and party poppers out, it’s going to be a party!