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Review: La Brasserie at Manor of Groves

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My lovely husband and I were fortunate enough to stay at the Manor of Groves recently. This is a lovely local hotel and while there we enjoyed a meal at La Brasserie. Our meal was included in the price that we paid for our room, as we had a package booked. However, the restaurant takes booking from guests staying at the hotel and those using other facilities, including the golf course.

Manor of Groves - Part of the building

Food at La Brasserie

La Brasserie - Starter Confit Chicken & Tarragon Terrine

Confit chicken & tarragon terrine

The terrine was served with fruity chutney and toasted brioche. This wasn’t the most flavoursome starter I’ve ever had. It was missing a little flavour. The toasted brioche was a great accompaniment and the fruity chutney was the best part of this starter.

La Brasserie - Starter Smoked Haddock Scotch Egg

Smoked haddock scotch egg

This was served with tartare sauce. Flavoursome, hot, tasty and with a lovely sauce on the side. This was definitely the better of the two starters.

La Brasserie - Mains Gourmet Burger

Gourmet Burger

This was SO good! A 6oz prime beef served in a brioche bun with grilled bacon, smoked cheddar & tomato chutney served with fries. I upgraded to triple cooked chips for £1.50. I must admit when this came out I was disappointed initially at the amount of triple cooked chips. However, I needn’t have been. This was incredibly filling, flavoursome and the gherkin on the top was the perfect garnish.

La Brasserie - Mains Sirloin Steak

Grilled 8oz Sirloin steak

This was served with a slow baked tomato, grilled mushroom & watercress. My husband ordered this medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. The sides were the perfect addition although the peppercorn sauce we ordered to accompany this was a little watery. It had lots of flavour but it was just not as thick as we would have liked.

La Brasserie - Dessert Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

Accompanied by a fresh berry coulis. This was lovely and sharp, without being over the top. The pastry was crisp and delicious too. The coulis was a delightful addition that rounded off the dessert beautifully.

La Brasserie - Dessert Chocolate Tart

Chocolate Tart

Served with salted caramel ice cream. I’m a real fan of dessert. Naturally. This was the BEST dessert I’ve had all year! The tart was crisp and had a firm bite and the chocolate filling was very nice. The salted caramel ice cream was the real winner here though. I’ll be honest and say I was a little perplex why there was berry coulis and strawberries on the plate, as there was no mention in the menu. I’m not a big fruit fan so the chocolate tart and salted caramel ice cream were the only thing I was interested in on this plate.

Service at La Brasserie

The service was fantastic. The staff were attentive, polite and friendly, without being too friendly. My husband and I were enjoying a break away from our daughter and while we had frequent, and polite, service it didn’t feel intrusive. We were offered the chance to order promptly, ordering our starters and mains first, and we were asked if each course was to our liking. The table was cleared promptly once we had finished but it did not feel that the staff were hanging around waiting for us to finish each course.

Prices at La Brasserie

A 2 course meal costs £22.95 and a 3 course meal costs £27.95. Side orders cost £3.50 extra and there were additional surcharges for sirloin steak (£6) and adding triple cooked chips to the Gourmet Burger.

The prices felt reasonable for the food on offer. It was high quality food, well cooked, and I like that there are no hidden extras. We had a three course meal included in our package, and considering we paid £165 for the hotel, breakfast, dinner, a bottle of Prosecco & chocolates I was really pleased. Our food would have been almost £56, plus surcharges, which I feel is reasonable for the quality we received.

Overall impression of La Brasserie

The restaurant had a nice atmosphere, was light with lovely candles and we had a lovely meal. The food was great, apart from a couple of tiny niggles. There was one negative about the restaurant and that is that my husband Tom kept feeling a draft. It is unlike him to complain about being cold so that was a bit of a negative, however, it was presumably the positioning of our table, in the corner. It didn’t detract from our delightful meal and the fears I had about eating here, after reading a few poor TripAdvisor reviews, was unfounded. I should add that the restaurant was quiet when we attended with only around 5-7 other tables in use the entire time we were there. Which was more than 2 hours. 

We will definitely return to La Brasserie again, particularly as they are located just 10 minutes down the road from us. The food was enjoyable, high quality and served hot. The terrine was the let down of the meal but we were really happy with the other 5 dishes out of the 6 we ordered.

You can find out more about La Brasserie here.

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