As part of my Spa day at Cowley Manor last week I was treated to a two course meal at their new restaurant, Malt.
Celebrating Britain’s culinary heritage and embracing international food influences, the new restaurant is led by Cotswold’s Head Chef James Graham. Open from breakfast time through to late at night, MALT welcomes both hotel guests and locals alike.
The Food; Reflecting Cowley Manor’s own unique blend of contemporary design and home-from-home comfort, much of the menu has been designed to share which diners can enjoy while socialising in this incredibly designed new space.
Try from their signature sharing dishes which include a selection of grazing plates such as Home Corned Beef Bon Bons with horseradish, Malt Black Pudding and 50 Day Aged Hereford Beef Tartare; alongside Fire Grilled Pizzas, Roast Rack of Pork and Cote de Boeuf for two. To finish it off, diners can share a Malteaser for two – a bombe of parfait and crunchies. MALT also serves up take-away pizzas for locals to enjoy at home!!!
The decor; Ornate lime washed panelled walls and grand tall ceilings will juxtapose against overscale spherical lighting by Moooi, modernist tables and chairs and a bold use of colour, to create a space that is both modern yet warm and inviting. Personally, I wasn’t too fussed about the chairs which seemed a little uncomfortable despite looking good. To me the unique hotel decor is reminiscent of a 1970’s London Bank, the kind my father worked in and which I visited eagerly during our half term jaunts to London. It made me feel somewhat at home, but I would appreciate that this may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
I do look forward to returning in the evening, it looks like it could be a pretty romantic spot, on a summers eve, dimly lit by candlelight and up lighters.
On arrival at C Side Spa that morning I was asked to pre-order my meal and while it was in creation, an ample portion of focaccia was brought to the table. It didn’t last that long, carbs are my new pregnancy friend!!
To follow I had ordered a Salad of Seared Feather Blade of 30 day aged Beef from the menu below.
My beef salad arrived served rare and as the Waiter approached the table, remembering I was pregnant he whipped it back to the kitchen for a little more searing!
Take two, my beef was delivered back to me with a side of skinny fries and went down extremely well. Such a shame I couldn’t indulge in a hearty glass of Red!
For dessert.…a dark chocolate brownie served with pistachio ice cream and chocolate sauce arrived to my great delight and …oh my..this was the best brownie dessert I have ever eaten. Expertly cooked to just the right consistency and served looking delectable.
MALT is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner from 7.30am to 10pm. For reservations, please contact: 01242 870900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Cowley Manor; Just two hours from central London, Cowley Manor sits in 55 acres of stunning Cotswold parkland surrounded by a series of lakes, natural springs, meadows and ancient woodland. One of the finest country house hotels in the UK, Cowley Manor has made a name for itself by avoiding predictable country house clichés. The award-winning design is bright, bold and contemporary with an emphasis on comfort and approachability. Referencing the arts and crafts movement that passed through the Cotswolds, owners Peter and Jessica Frankopan, enlisted a team of young artists, designers and craftsman to collaborate and create a modern vision of the grand country estate. A commitment to the arts and supporting young British talent remains a strong narrative at Cowley.
Double rooms from £195 per night based on double occupancy in a Good Room, including full breakfast.