James and Fjona Hill have revealed the changes to Hampton Manor, designed to make guests’ experiences there even more luxurious.
James says: “We’ve come a long way since Mum and Dad opened the doors of our first English pub in 1986. Many years later they let us loose on developing the Manor. Fjona and I were just 26 and it was a daunting task to take on. We have made so many wonderful friends through the business and grown as a family in our vision to steward Hampton Manor for generations to come.
“Our conviction is that the house really sparks into life when people gather around the table. Meaningful moments need memorable places. With this in mind, we have taken the decision to make your time around the table our singular focus. Whether you’re coming to enjoy a foodie experience with friends, a landmark celebration, or bringing your innovative company to plan for the future, we’re making some changes to ensure that we deliver the very best hospitality.
“Over the last year we have been quietly refurbishing the bedrooms, developing the in-room experience and refining our food and drink offering. Last month we brought together the finishing touches by re-imagining the dining room and lobby spaces of the house. At last it feels like home and the relaxed, creative space that we’ve been working towards.
“To make the most of this next chapter our family has reflected on how we can best redesign the business. Our goal has been to give our team the time needed to prepare well and ensure that everything we do enriches your time around the table. The changes we’re sharing below are the small steps we’re taking to do that.”
From 1st October Hampton Manor will only be open to guests with a reservation, or an appointment to view our private event spaces. This means that they will no longer be open to walk-in guests for lunch or coffee during the day time.
Head Chef Rob Palmer has been busy creating new dishes for the four or seven course tasting menu, which will replace the a la carte menu.
Plus a new afternoon tea will be available from 11 October. Guests will be invited in at 3pm for a garden-led cocktail, followed by a procession of savoury and sweet creations served in the Parlour, from Tuesday to Saturday at £40 per person.