Mallory Court, A Luxurious Relais & Chateaux Property in the Warwickshire Countryside
August 16, 2018
For a truly romantic getaway, Mallory Court is the perfect retreat. The Warwickshire country house is a Relais & Chateaux property – renowned for their beautiful boutique and countryside escapes, so before we even arrived, this stamp of approval had assured us we were in for a real treat.
The luxury hotel near Royal Leamington Spa is a charming typically English retreat with stunning well maintained gardens which are perfect for a stroll any time of day, complete with maze and kitchen garden where some of the veg and herbs are grown for use in the restaurant.
The main Lutyens style house is actually one of the Top 200 hotels in the country and it’s easy to see why, with its rabbit warren of separate lounge areas and outdoor seating areas to relax in. Because there’s so many different places to sit and enjoy the house, you almost feel like you’re the only ones staying here!
There’s such a wonderful positive energy throughout Mallory Court and this extends to the beautiful boutique style bedrooms which all have different names to suit their individuality. Ours had a wonderful energy, a great zen with plenty of space and flashes of baby pink and cerise against the calming pale colour palette.
The Elan Spa is a minute’s walk away in the grounds of Mallory Court. It’s a beautiful building with a fabulous gym, stylish indoor pool with relaxation areas and loungers in door and out, and there’s even an outdoor jacuzzi which was perfect for the weekend we were there with the sun shining! We didn’t get time to indulge in one of the Elan Spa’s many treatments, but the list was extensive and the therapists so wonderful, I’m pretty sure a five star experience is guaranteed.
A short stroll away from the main house, you’ll find the informal bar area The Brasserie – art deco inspired and complete with hidden al fresco garden if you prefer to have a light bite and a glass of wine outside. By contrast, the dining room in the main house is a grand affair with a grand 3 AA Rosettes to boot. With the most beautiful of views, the food is truly exquisite.
The fine dining experience comes courtesy of relatively new head chef Paul Evans who has certainly ‘made his mark’ on the restaurant as he intended. Exquisite bite sized beetroot and salmon macaroons along with pigs head in crackling with a glass of bubbles were the perfect canapés to get our taste buds started for the main event.
Warm granary bread with a parsley and chive butter (from the garden) was delicious, ahead of a cucumber, radish and goats cheese amuse bouche decorated with delicate petals.
The Brixham white crab starter was fabulous with a crab dashi jelly to enhance and encapsulate the flavour of the sea. By contrast the fragrant nasturtium leaves and juicy Isle of Wight tomatoes provided the perfect balance of flavours. My partner went for the duck liver with gooseberry and hazelnuts – a wonderful contrast of textures and flavours with the sharp, fruity flavour of the gooseberry complimenting the richness of the duck, not to mention the presentation – it was like an intricate work of art!
With a choice of lamb, beef, duck and turbot on the mains menu, I was impressed with my choice – the corn fed Goosnargh duck which again, was presented so beautifully, I didn’t want to eat it! The duck was served two ways, medium rare, with crispy duck parcels, heritage beetroot in varying colours, and a lightly spiced duck jus. The dish was absolutely amazing and possibly one of the best things I’ve eaten this whole year! My partner opted for the Cornish turbot, and while I’m not the biggest fish fan, he assured me that this was cooked to perfection and beautifully fresh, accompanied by young broad beans, heirloom courgettes and a light champagne sauce.
Unable to manage dessert, we still poured over the menu and came to the conclusion that out of the four choices, we most definitely would’ve gone for the black cherry and goats curd mousse with crystallised pistachio, sweet and soured cherries and cherry sorbet – how amazing does that sound?
Priced at £55 for two courses and £65 for three courses, we both agreed that was incredible value for the level of service and the quality of the food. All of our food was paired perfectly with matching wines which I’d also definitely recommend.
After a wonderful night’s sleep, we returned to The Dining Room for breakfast where plates were cooked to order ensuring they were hot on arrival to our table and again, the quality was outstanding.
We absolutely loved our stay at Mallory Court and would most certainly recommend for a luxurious weekend away, but even if you’re not staying in the hotel, you absolutely must come for the food alone which is a truly memorable experience.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield