Hotel-rating Hampton Manor West Midlands

Hampton Manor is a family run country house set in wooded grounds outside Solihull. Foodies will love Grace & Savor, the hotel’s “immersive foodie experience” tucked away on-site. Set in their own courtyard kingdom, its five sensual suites have a wellness-spa vibe — simple but chic. Dinner, however, is the main event: chef David Taylor has been poached from the three-Michelin-star Maaemo in Oslo and his bravura tasting menu includes 14 ornate plates of sustainably-grown food, some from the Victorian vegetable garden he showed you around earlier.

total score 8/10

Main photo: Hampton Manor serves homegrown and sustainably sourced food (Fjona Hill)

The bedrooms have characteristic details from artisans and woodturners (Hill Fjona)

rooms and suites

score 8/10
Hotel rooms have rarely felt so tactile as in Grace & Savor. Their glass-fronted lobbies are clustered around a courtyard garden, each concealing a high-ceilinged bedroom attuned to quiet contemplation. Each fiber has the feel of being crafted from nature, and each has distinctive embellishments created by artisans and woodturners – a wall hanging here, a side table there. Oh, and a miniature scroll detailing a DIY bath ritual for two to enjoy in your bedside tub. Upstairs in the mansion, however, the vibe is casual, country-style, with whiskey tastings in the foyer, billiards in the bar, and princely bedrooms inspired by William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement. Now more suited to business travelers and wedding parties, it also has a drawing room littered with cookbooks, board games, and vinyl LPs — a sign invites you to spin a CD. “Bring your slippers,” the website urges.

Dinner at Hampton Manor Hotel in Solihull
Immersive foodie experience Grace & Savor serves delicious dishes (Hill Fjona)

to eat and drink

score 9/10
Grace & Savor’s food aesthetic feels inspiring and genuine: not just farm-to-table, not just organic, but looking for growers with a regenerative approach to their land. That means wildlife is nurtured, soil quality is king, and flavor bursts from every plate. David Taylor explains the ethos on your afternoon tour of his beautifully restored kitchen garden – which is also the setting for the restaurant itself. Luckily, his kitchen lives up to all the fanfare, distilling hearty homegrown ingredients into 15 delights, and there’s each if you like going to tell a story. Beyond the garden wall is Hampton Manor’s second restaurant, Smoke, where Stu Deeley, a winner, shows up Master Chef: The Pros, seasonal soul food sizzles over the coals: guinea fowl with bacon jam, grilled cauliflower with Thai sauce. Summer dinners are particularly convivial here, served between the fire pits in an old greenhouse.

dr  Sally Bell at the Hampton Manor Hotel in Solihull
dr Sally Bell leads retreats at Hampton Manor (Hill Fjona)

What else is there?

score 7/10
The mansion’s wooded grounds are worth a stroll: lose yourself among the statuesque pines or admire the ponds. A cabin behind a hedge houses no-frills pamper rooms offering massages, manicures, and hydrafacials. A curated whiskey tasting is a specialty of the main house, while a novelty is Hampton’s Garden Bakery, run by Min Go, who came here from Korea via Copenhagen. As well as take-away pastries (don’t miss their signature cardamom buns), Min occasionally runs sourdough workshops for £40 each.

Where is it?

score 6/10
The affluent village of Hampton in Arden is perhaps Birmingham’s greenest postcode and you are encouraged to explore its half-timbered houses using the walking booklet in your hotel room. It’s a 15-minute drive to Kenilworth Castle, which has picturesquely collapsed since the English Civil War, while the National Trust’s medieval moat house, Baddesley Clinton, is even closer. You are also on the doorstep of Birmingham Airport and the NEC.

Price Room-only doubles from £207
restaurant 15 course dinner at Grace & Savor £135
Familyfriendly Y
dog friendly N
Accessible Y

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