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“Romantic atmosphere beautiful food”
Review of The Moonraker

The Moonraker
Ranked #15 of 96 Restaurants in Trowbridge
Price range: US$16 - US$38
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Head Chef, Matthew Briddon, has put our Restaurant firmly on the culinary map, offering guests his unique style of farmhouse dining, using local ingredients to showcase some old fashioned classics. Matthews onsite smokery and extensive kitchen garden has become central to the menus developed for the restaurant. There is a olde worlde bar and a large lounge area for pre and post dinner drinks. There is no strict dress code.
Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

We went for my birthday using a special deal which made the tasting menu 39 pounds for 2. When we tried to book there were no weekend dates far into the future and having eaten there I can understand why. The restaurant is small and intimate with plenty of space between the tables so you don't feel hemmed in. The staff are enthusiastic and go out of their way to make you feel special. It is obvious that the new owners have reinvigorated the place and made it something special and the staff appreciate it. Now to the food. The tasting menu is five courses long and presented some combinations that I would never have thought of that worked beautifully including parsnip and smoked mackerel soup, which was delicious. Each of the courses delighted and surprised and I savoured every mouthful. Completing the meal was chocolate creme brûlée that was sublime. All in all I would recommend this restaurant to everyone and I would have loved to see the hotel rooms that I am sure are equally special. However we will stick to going during the week when there is a special early dinner menu because having a young family money is a factor. However if money is no object then I am sure you will appreciate the food and ambiance at any time. I would not be surprised if in a few years this place has a Michelin star.

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Reviewed 5 April 2014

In terms of location, this really is a bit of a gem that you would normally drive past on the way to BOA from Trowbridge. Nice area to sit outside in the sun overlooking fields, and nicely decorated bar and restaurant area. Staff all very pleasant and obviously enthusiastic about where they work. Decided to try the tasting menu on a groupon at a local place, as we do this in various locations around the country. Four of the five courses were excellent, with original flavours, and one dish included some fantastic salmon smoked on site. The main course cottage pie was pretty average disappointingly. Only other gripe would be the wine selection, which is all pretty pricey, and NZ Sauv which is normally our first choice at £25 a bottle. You need a more varied selection to cater for all visitors. We will try the restaurant again with the regular menu, and if this is good would certainly return regularly.

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We booked a deal for a tasting menu. Having done lots of similar deals in London and beyond we were quite disappointed. The waitresses were pleasant and efficient but the menu was not at all cohesive. The various elements didn't gel as a whole menu and frankly if I am promised a tasting menu I don't expect a tiny shepherds pie between two and an over sweet crumble. I love homely food but these two courses were preceded by an amuse Bouch, smoked salmon and beet root cheese combo that had pretentious to being high end. This with the homely cooking didn't flow at all. Plus we needed to have cheese and biscuits when we got home as I think profit margins are king and the portions reflected this. Last year we had numerous excellent travel zoo deals. This one is the most disappointing to date. had high hopes of this being a local gem but we were sadly disappointed.

2  Thank Swilldo
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OwnerOldManor, Owner at The Moonraker, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2014

Thanks for your feedback on your recent meal with us. The food we offer here is farm house style and this is reflected in our menus. We also have our own kitchen garden where many of our ingredients come from. Whilst our chef is classically trained he also likes to try different combinations and this includes bringing back old classics. We bought the old Manor in July last year and since Matthew joined us in the Kitchen (September 2013) the only bad review we have had is yours. Our aim is to become a local’s restaurant serving local food from local suppliers. We hope you will come back and try us again I am sure we can change your minds about us and the food we serve, just get in touch!

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Reviewed 28 March 2014

We had an voucher for the tasting menu, a five course meal. We didn't know what to expect from this restaurant at the Old Manot Hotel just outside Bradfrod on Avon but we were very pleasantly surprised. The new owner obviously knows his job and this place has been transformed. Ok there are some things still to do but the overall impression is excellent from the young waitress who escourted us to the restaurant who then coped admiraby taking things at just the right pace and explaining what the different courses were.
The food we couldn't fault, well presented and if anything slightly bigger portions than we expected. The meals were well balanced,colourful and tasty. We are difficult to please but we would both recommend this as as an excellent place to take friends and family alike. Excellent value and a reasonable sized menu that didn't need half an hour to peruse. We hope to return

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Do not be put off by the Car Park! We arrived on a wet February night to be delighted by the ambience of the dining area and the warm reception we received. After enjoying a drink in comfy chairs we were taken to our well spaced out table for our excellent taster menu. The staff were friendly and attentive without taking our space and the food was all well prepared and very tasty. In terms of overall quality, as value for money, it was first class and we will certainly hope to return.

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