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.
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