Chef of Whatley Manor keeps his second Michelin Star for the 6th year running
The 2014 Michelin Guide was published on the 26th September, and in it was the announcement that Martin Burge, the head chef at Whatley Manor, had retained his 2 Michelin star rating for the 6th successive year.
Burge went to work at Whatley Manor in July 2003, when the 23 bed hotel in Wiltshire first opened. There he set up both ‘The Dining Room’, the hotel’s outstanding restaurant and ‘Le Mazot’ an informal brasserie. Burge achieved his first star in January of 2005, only 18 months after the opening of the hotel, and his second star followed in 2009.
The award recognises his acclaimed cuisine in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant ‘The Dining Room’, where guests are treated to a gourmet experience of classical French cuisine with a modern interpretation.
Michelin Editor, Rebecca Burr, ensures that the 2014 Guide continues to be a benchmark for the finest cuisine in the UK, with 3,929 eating establishments included, of which only 21 establishments in the UK have two stars. The award of two stars denotes a restaurant that represents ‘excellent cooking, worth a detour’ and the guide describes ‘The Dining Room’ as a ‘Smart, sophisticated, three-roomed restaurant in an elegant hotel, overlooking the kitchen garden’ and ‘Original, modern dishes show an excellent appreciation of ingredients and understanding of combinations; cooking is technically skilled and flavours are stunning. Extensive wine list and attentive team’.
Commenting on the news, Burge said “I am delighted that we’ve retained our second star for 2014. For me and my team it’s about a steady progression in creating modern dishes whilst keeping their classic roots. It’s very important to me that we give our guests the depth of flavours in each dish”.
The Dining Room has 40 covers and is open for dinner, Wednesday – Sundays whilst the hotel’s brasserie style restaurant, Le Mazot, has 70 covers and is open daily for lunch and dinner.
In the Dining Room he serves an á la carte and a tasting menu showcasing dishes such as ‘Pan fried Quail breasts, dressed with its legs boned and farced and served with Morteau sausage, sage and onion purée, deep fried quail eggs rolled in chicken crumb. This might be followed by ‘Fillets of turbot, pan fried and served with oyster and lime cannelloni, compressed cucumber and Champagne caviar sauce’. For desserts the choice includes ‘Chicory mousse, layered with bitter coffee and mascarpone cream’.
Peter Egli, General Manager of Whatley Manor commented, “This is wonderful news in our 10th anniversary year. The hotel has come a long way in the last decade and we attribute a large part of our success to the consistently high standards of exceptional cuisine that Martin and his team have produced. Their continued desire for our guests to experience cuisine of such a high calibre means that Whatley Manor will continue to be a must on any food enthusiasts list for 2014.”
The Dining Room serves dinner Wednesday – Sunday. The à la carte menu in ‘The Dining Room’ costs from £85 per person. The seven course tasting menu is £110 per person. Wine matching alongside the tasting menu is an additional £65. Le Mazot, the brasserie is open daily for lunch and dinner. A three-course lunch in Le Mazot costs from £35 excluding wine.
For further information and to book call Whatley Manor on 01666 822 888. Whatley Manor is a member of Relais & Châteaux.