It’s all well and good sticking to the city centre streets of Birmingham, but sometimes it’s worth travelling that little bit further afield to discover somewhere truly exceptional - and there’s no better example of this than the award-winning Peel’s at Hampton Manor.
You’ll find Peel’s restaurant in the idyllic village of Hampton in Arden, hidden away in its own leafy woodland and approachable by two ambitious private driveways that guide you through the rural landscape. Its home is within Hampton Manor, an awe-inspiring Neo-Tudor Gothic building that dates back to 1855 and now finds itself a popular overnight destination thanks to its 15 luxurious rooms, romanticised surroundings and nearby walks. But amongst all this splendor and breathtaking scenery, its Peel’s restaurant itself that really draws in the crowds.
With a Michelin star to its name and four AA rosettes, you better believe that this is something special. Head chef Rob Palmer has helped curate a series of menus inspired by Hampton Manor’s very own Victorian walled gardens. Plates are constructed using seasonal ingredients straight from the garden, alongside produce from a select handful of local farmers and experts, creating an experience that’s forever shifting and adapting with each changing season. Our latest visit saw us indulge in a lengthy evening menu with the likes of heritage tomatoes with smoked roe and rye, middle white pork with apricot and sage, and an outrageously good raspberry tart with a basil garnish.
Just as they are with the food, the team at Peel’s are also dead serious when it comes to the wine on offer. They pride themselves on championing small production winemakers who handcraft wines that are true to the vineyard and sensitively made. Organic and biodynamic winemakers take centre stage, alongside pioneering winemakers of England and Wales, encouraging you to dive into a whole new world of wine.
With such an effortless atmosphere, it can be easy to forget all the hard work that’s going on behind the scenes to make this restaurant the remarkable gem it is. But that’s okay - just sit back, and relax - you’re in extremely good hands.