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Malt Restaurant is Cowley Manor’s all-day eatery situated in the grand oak-panelled dining room of the chic Cotswold hotel.
The restaurant, which draws on international food influences while celebrating British culinary heritage, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for both hotel guests and non-residents.
Malt focuses on serving up ingredient-driven dishes, with its head chef, James Graham, devising regularly changing menus comprised of seasonal dishes that are simple, elegant and beautifully cooked.
Evening diners can expect starters such tempura soft shell crab with crunchy vegetable salad; main courses include sirloin of beef with short rib, turnip and horseradish; and desserts feature Malteser with praline ice-cream and hot chocolate sauce.
Malt also serves up a mean Sunday roast and has a tempting lunch menu featuring the likes of pizzas, salads and more; while its two or three-course set lunch menu is excellent value for money.
Those looking to enjoy a decadent treat can savour afternoon tea and tuck into delicate finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of cakes. And, if you want to make the most of the hotel’s impressive grounds, you can tuck into Cowley’s picnic hamper, available till the end of September.
Cowley Manor also offers a terrace for alfresco eating in the summer months, along with a bar where you can enjoy pre-dinner drinks.
There’s also a plush private dining room overlooking the gardens and lakes is also available, seating up to 16 people, which makes an ideal setting for all occasions.
Design-led Cotswold hotel, Cowley Manor, not only offers a luxurious place to stay but also has an inviting restaurant that's open to guests and non-residents alike, with SoGlos enjoying the chance to sample dinner at Malt.
Cowley Manor's Malt Restaurant is a destination in its own right, with the Cotswold hotel's eatery offering a delicious dining experience for both guests and non-residents alike, whether you want to enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.
You’d expect Cowley Manor’s restaurant to ooze with style like the rest of the hotel and it certainly doesn’t disappoint when we arrive for dinner at Malt. The impressive light fixtures cast a warming glow over the stylish restaurant setting, which looks out onto the hotel’s beautiful grounds.
After starting our evening with cocktails in the hotel’s bar, we took our seats at the table and were more than happy to savour an amuse bouche of mushroom soup, offering the perfect taster to kick-start our appetites while we perused the menu.
The à la carte menu, which favours modern ingredient-driven British dishes using seasonal produce, featured a variety of tempting choices, with both my husband and I opting for fish-based starters.
I had the tempura soft shell crab which worked perfectly with the crunchy raw salad that accompanied it, while my husband enjoyed the poached salmon with pickled cucumber and crème fraîche – a delicious light starter that was full of flavour.
Alongside the à la carte menu, Malt offers a selection of daily specials, and I chose the chef’s recommendation of roasted stone bass served with a fricassee of vegetables and a minted pea purée.
I greedily ordered a side portion of dauphinoise potatoes – because who can resist when they see that on a menu – but it wasn’t necessary as the dish was perfectly filling and tasty without the added carbs!
My husband is something of a meat lover so couldn’t resist ordering the sirloin of beef with short rib, turnip and horseradish, along with a side of triple cooked chips, which he polished off in no time, before finishing my dauphinoise.
Claiming I was too full for dessert, my husband ordered the intriguing sounding Maltester with praline ice-cream and hot chocolate sauce, and I cheekily asked for an extra spoon, just to taste test of course!
When the dish arrived, our waiter told us to pour the hot sauce over the chocolate ball that was on the plate, which instantly melted to reveal a delicious concoction of Maltesers and ice-cream, which combined with the rich chocolate sauce was pure dessert heaven.
The hotel’s lounge area is the ideal spot to enjoy post-dinner drinks, with the inviting sofas and chairs just made for relaxing with coffee and a liqueur.
If you visit during the warm months, enjoy dining on the hotel’s terrace, which offers picture-perfect views of the beautiful grounds.
Tuesday 21 November 2017
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