Hambleton Hall has a spectacular location on the edge of a hilltop village at the high point of a thin peninsula jutting into Rutland Water. This 5,000 acre lake provides the hotel with spectacular views, and in summer a large terrace provides a splendid spot for aperitifs or a warm weather breakfast.
Over 20 years Hambleton has established itself as a firm favourite with sophisticated travellers and local diners, and is now rated as among Britain's very best hotels. Stefa Hart' s interiors are stylish and luxurious; downstairs the glorious blue and white drawing room is dominated by Jo Porter's extravagant seasonal flower arrangements and the marble chimney piece is flanked by welcoming sofas and armchairs. Aaron Patterson, Head Chef since 1992 and holder of a Michelin Star, has his own style, combining a conservative respect for traditional ingredient combinations with an unusual zeal for sniffing out and working wonders with special and often local ingredients. Flavours are robust but never clumsy, and this is one of Britain's few top restaurants which avoids slavishly following culinary fashion. Wine is equally important at Hambleton: the list is certainly long, but Tim Hart is much more interested in discovering new and delicious middlepriced wines than in cataloguing big names.
Hambleton is not just about immaculate food, wine and service; staff all believe that the experience must be fun if you are to return, with a warm welcome, a cheerily knowledgeable sommelier, and a very relaxing atmosphere as the key ingredients.
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Hambleton, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8TH
Location: wooded countryside on peninsula in Rutland Water
Tel: +44 (0)1572 756991
Fax: +44 (0)1572 724721