Discover an English Village this Summer home to Michelin-Starred Hampton Manor

May 17, 2019

  • Hampton-in-Arden is in the heart of England in Solihull

  • Hampton Manor is a Restaurant with Rooms home to Michelin Star Peel’s Restaurant

  • There are 45 acres to explore at Hampton Manor and several local walking routes

Hampton-in-Arden is a picturesque and charming village situated on high ground at an historical junction of routes to Solihull, Coventry and Kenilworth. Hampton-in-Arden served by direct trains from London and Birmingham, retains much of its original character.


Hampton appears in the Domesday Survey of 1086 as 'Hantone' but it was also known as 'Ardene'. From the middle of the 12th century it was owned by the de Arden family, passing by marriage to the de Montford family of Coleshill and then subsequently reverting to the Crown. It was granted to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, by Queen Elizabeth I in 1570 but reverted to the Crown after his death. In 1625, it was assigned to Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I. In the early 19th century it was sold to Isaac William Lillingston who later sold the Manor of Hampton to Sir Robert Peel (former Prime Minister and founder of the modern police force).


On Sir Robert's death in 1850, the manor was inherited by his son, Frederick, who did much to 'modernise' Hampton, demolishing many half-timbered and thatched cottages. He employed the architect W E Nesfield to build new dwellings, shops and lodges.


Sir Frederick Peel was responsible for the building of Hampton Manor in 1855. Husband and wife team James and Fjona Hill have transformed this historic building since 2010. Hampton Manor was a house made for convening the leaders in industry and government. Today, three generations of the Hill family are shaping the estate's future. Many of the team have been here from the start. James and Fjona are involved in every aspect of the business. 


In 1968, the central part of the village was designated a Conservation Area, which is an "area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance".


Hampton Manor is a Restaurant with Rooms in the quiet village of Hampton-in-Arden. The team have developed relationships with the best suppliers in Britain for Michelin-starred Peel’s Restaurant’s tasting menus and looked to the Manor’s past to design 15 Arts and Crafts inspired bedrooms and a cottage.


In 2016 Peel’s Restaurant was awarded a Michelin-star and its fourth AA-rosette. The first ever Michelin’s Welcome and Service Award was also awarded to Hampton Manor.


Head Chef Rob Palmer sources the best seasonal, British produce and cooks it using modern techniques. Each dish focuses on just three main ingredients, giving them an honest simplicity. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday and seats 28 guests. Four (£75) or seven (£95) course tasting menus are available with optional accompanying wine flights. Pescatarian and Vegetarian tasting menus are also available.


Guests start the evening by joining a Drinks Tasting at The Maker’s Table. Here guests pull up a stool at The Maker’s Table for gin, sparkling wine and whisky tastings. Running at set times throughout the evening, this is all about sharing, tasting and storytelling one sip at a time. The table is shared and has eight stools available by reservation only, Tuesday to Saturday. Over those warmer evenings guests can enjoy drinks alfresco on the terrace overlooking the gardens. All wines on the Peel’s wine list give a true sense of place, letting the land and fruit speak for themselves. Most are made by small independent winemakers who know that healthy grapes make delicious wine.


Forget finger sandwiches, this is afternoon tea for the foodie. With single batch teas from Lalani & Co. Head chef Rob has re-imagined his tasting menus for the afternoon; ‘Crab, XO Sauce’ and ‘Middle Pork, Black Pudding’ make way for ‘Chocolate, Sherry’ and ‘Parsnip, Whisky Raisin, Arlette’. It all begins in the Parlour with a chef demonstration and garden welcome drink. Served 3pm Tuesday to Saturday.


There are 45 acres of gardens to explore too with a dedicated field guide. This guide also provides walking routes further afield and highlights a network of footpaths around the village including access to the historic Packhorse Bridge. Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull, B92 0DQ

01675 446 080

B&B priced from £190 per room per night

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