Dessert Bar at the Manor

The Manor – a gluten free gastro experience

The Manor restaurant market themselves as a casual neighbourhood bistro serving contemporary British small plates from local, seasonal produce and they do so very well. Personally I would say that this is far from your regular neighbourhood bistro. The food is spectacular and every plate looks like a piece of art.

I booked the table several weeks ago as I know how popular this place is. Having already been to The Dairy (its sister restaurant) I was looking forward to this experience and so my expectations were very high. Sometimes a bad thing as you can easily be disappointed however the visit was amazing and I can’t wait to go back!

Dessert Bar at the Manor

We decided to go for the Tasting Menu, which I would definitely recommend. The menu is put together very well with flavours that I have never tried before (including peas for dessert). What impressed me even more is how accommodating they are to visitors with gluten free requirements. From the entire tasting menu there was only one dish I wasn’t able to have.

Tasting Menu at the Manor
Tasting Menu at the Manor
Gin and cucumber cocktail
Gin and cucumber cocktail
Mushrooms crackers with cheese
Mushrooms crackers with cheese
Salumi & droe wors
Salumi & droe wors
Fresh gluten free bread with savory chicken butter
Fresh gluten free bread with savoury chicken butter

The gluten free bread is so tasty – but make sure you leave room for all of the other 10 dishes!

Cornish pollock cheeks, smoked roe and Swiss Chard
Cornish Pollock cheeks, smoked roe and Swiss Chard
Honey smoked asparagus, Gosnells mead, crème fraiche
Honey smoked asparagus, Gosnells mead, crème fraiche
Chablis -  2013
Chablis – 2013
“Lady Hamilton” smoked cod, culture cream, new potatoes and sorrel
“Lady Hamilton” smoked cod, culture cream, new potatoes and sorrel
A great Merlot
A great Malbec
Suckling pig belly, braised head, carrots, bitter leaves & caraway
Suckling pig belly, braised head, carrots, bitter leaves & caraway
Watching the chef do her magic
Watching the chef do her magic

For the dish in between the main course and dessert we assembled at the dessert bar in front of the chef and got to watch her put together two incredible dishes.

Heritage carrots, pink grapefruit & dill
Heritage carrots, pink grapefruit & dill
Dessert in the making
Dessert in the making
Peas, mint sorbet & smashed buttermilk
Peas, mint sorbet & smashed buttermilk

I have never had peas for the desert with mint sorbet but it was a winning combination. After what felt like a never ending meal this was the perfect dessert as it was light and refreshing.

The Manor
The Manor

Unfortunately the evening had to come to an end, but I am sure that I will be back. We left The Manor feeling very content and amazed by the food combinations. They were so accommodating and I didn’t have to ask them once if the dish was gluten free. It was such a great experience and to be able to eat the same dishes as everyone else (with some minor tweaks) was an massive added bonus. If you have the chance to visit The Manor then you absolutely must, I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Enjoy!

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