We stayed here on a Travelzoo offer and had the tasting menu. Hotel being transformed and we upgraded to room 21 - lovely large and open but quite cold and hard to heat. Shower also not very hot but is noisy! Bed huge and very comfortable with good lights for reading.
The dining room had a great atmosphere - well spaced tables and an open fire (which we had to add logs ourselves) but the food was disappointing. I'm a big River Cafe fan (where the chef trained) but didn't recognise the cooking or the menu.
First course was mussels (my wife said she didn't eat mussels but was not offered an alternative although another table did swap!) and the shellfish were served with the worst most stale shop roll ever. The second course (pickled beetroot) was superb and one to repeat but the home-smoked salmon and the chicken were very average. The chicken (confit and hash with an egg) was actually too stodgy and unbalanced.
Sad if the chef needs motivating but the bread served at breakfast was so much better! Coffee was also very good and the brief wine list a credit too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Moonraker hotel, a grade 2 listed 21 bedrooms Manor house situated on the outskirts of Bradford on Avon/ Trowbridge and a 15 minute drive from the Bath Spa. Mentioned in the Domesday book as being part of the Abbess of Glastonbury's estate, the Manor house was originally build in Queen Ann Style before being upgraded in the 17th century to Bath stone. Purchased by Tudor & Lucy Hopkins in July 2013 the hotel has undergone a full refurbishment including transforming the restaurant into a relaxed informal dining space. Head Chef Matthew Briddon (River cafe, Paul Heathcotes) joined the team in September 2013 and has created menus around the hotels kitchen garden and onsite smokery. Nine bee hives provide the hotel honey and rare breed pigs live on the grounds. Kathy Lette (writer and author) stayed at The Old Manor and wrote an article for the Express where she said: 'The bedrooms, with their four poster beds and wide wooden roof beams, are so Jane Austen-esque I kept expecting Mr Darcy to get down on bended knee' The Moonraker oozes old world charm and is a relaxed cotsworld escape with some of the UK's top attractions on its doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Old Manor
- The Moonraker Trowbridge, Wiltshire