Stapleford Park, Stapleford, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicester, LE14 2EF +44 1572501018
- Main course: £22
- Food spend: £42
Expensive but venue and service and staff
21 November 2016
Buried deep in the Leicestershire countryside, 2 AA Rosette-awarded Grinling Gibbons delivers refined British cuisine in a fine dining setting. The French Renaissance-style dining room features ornate plaster walls and ceilings along with stately, candelabra chandeliers, while gourmet menus, sumptuous Sunday roasts and an accomplished selection of international bins steer the culinary helm.
Finely-sliced tuna carpaccio leads the Grinling Gibbons menu, and is matched with a cucumber salad, soy jelly and lime foam, while a main course of melting chateaubriand for two, paired with thick-cut chips, a béarnaise sauce and seasonal vegetables heads the meat dishes. A trio of baked lemon custard, raspberry jelly and raspberry sandwich dominates the beautifully presented desserts, along with an apricot and almond tart.
Inside, the pedigree design and elaborate furnishing is a nod to the country house’s period setting. Surrounded by immaculate lawns, pretty gardens and 500 acres of Stapleford Park estate, Grinling Gibbons in Melton Mowbray is a timeless, historic hideaway.
Encircled by the winding River Eye, Grinling Gibbons is a 9-minute drive to Melton Mowbray Rail Station.
Stapleford Park, Stapleford, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicester, LE14 2EF
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Customer reviews for Grinling Gibbons
((((( 1 December 2016 by Keith Rawson from Leicester
We were celebrating my wife's birthday and we had a superb evening. The food was perfect in every respect and the staff were delightful. We will return for many special occasions in the future.
((((* 21 November 2016 by David Waller from Leicester
Expensive but venue and service and staff
((((( 8 November 2016 by Jennifer Jerred from Leicester
The food was delicious, really tasty and portions just the right size. Linguine dish came with extra Parmesan shavings which was a nice touch. A really nice range of choices on the menu, and it was difficult to pick just one dessert - they all sounded delicious!
Setting was lovely, looking out across the green of a golf course, and the restaurant had a very relaxed, tranquil atmosphere. Staff were also attentive, without being too much so, and our food came vary quickly.
((((( 25 October 2016 by Jim Mcsorley from Manchester
((((* 14 October 2016 by B Allison from Oakham
To be honest, we are not great fans of haute cuisine and this venue was chosen for its ambience, not its food. We love the entry to the hotel through the trees and all the surroundings. Inside, the lounge bar for our pre-dinner drinks was a Regency-style delight, with its pillars, beautiful ceiling and welcoming log fire. The building is a very fine example of its type and set in gorgeous parkland.
As regards the Grinling Gibbons restaurant, be prepared to pay a lot for tiny portions, which are beautifully presented. What we had was very nice, except for one dessert containing apples, etc. because the juxtaposition of warm food with the ice-cold sorbet did not work well.
The staff were excellent - attentive, polite and unobtrusive.
We paid £130 for three courses for two and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
((*** 5 October 2016 by Julia Christoforou from Market Harborough
The food was good but not good value for money. The starter of crab was more the size of an amuse bouche. Not even a teaspoon of crab. Similar issue with the pistachio sponge. The Sunday dinner was nice but served on cold plates so went cold tooquickly. Nice venue though and a lovely setting.
(**** 23 September 2016 by Shelagh from London
A very disappointing experience, food was average, but the service was unbelievably slow and not very sharp. We had booked to stay 2 nights, but left after one as we couldn't face dinner there again. Meat can only be cooked pink or well done, don't think they know anything about customer service
((((( 18 September 2016 by Lynne Petrucci from Nottingham
What a fantastic time the four of us had. Food exceptional, service second to none.
Content and presentation of the food we can only alike to Master chef standed.
((((* 9 September 2016 by Martyn Gardiner from Louth
Staff attentive; starters delicious; lamb a little tough, but all very tasty; our only complaint was that the wines were horrendously expensive, and we feel there should be some cheaper options.
((((( 29 August 2016 by Vic Hoffman from North Luffenham
My wife and I were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived. All staff at Stapleford Hall very friendly, efficient and polite, and attended to all our needs. The food was of an exceptional high standard(as usual). We could not find fault with any aspect of the evening.
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