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Grinling Gibbons

Stapleford Park, Stapleford, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicester, LE14 2EF +44 1572501018

((((* British
Main course: £22
Food spend: £42

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.

Lynne Petrucci 18 September 2016
from Nottingham

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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.

Grinling Gibbons

Stapleford Park, Stapleford, Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicester, LE14 2EF

Contact +44 1572787000
Reservations +44 1572501018

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Customer reviews for Grinling Gibbons

3.9 ((((* (based on 24 reviews)
87% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (12)
  • lunch (12)
  • luxury (11)
  • afternoon tea (9)
  • romantic (8)
  • views (8)
  • private dining (7)
  • breakfast (4)
  • large parties (4)
  • value (3)
  • entertainment (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • business (1)
  • ((((* by 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.

  • ((*** by 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.

  • (**** by 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

  • ((((( by 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.

  • ((((* by 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.

  • ((((( by 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.

  • ((((( by from Wokingham

    Very enjoyable experience. Food was great, service great. Couldn't find any fault. It was my elderly mother's birthday and you made her feel special. The hotel is set in beautiful surroundings and just to walk around the hotel and grounds was enjoyable.Will return to try afternoon tea.

  • (**** by from London

    The decor is lovely. The wine was lovely. Your waiting staff were very good. I'm so sorry but the food was a complete disappointment. My husband's steak was over cooked and was so small, two little square pieces he was not amused. The sliced potatoes on his dish were raw. There was more onion on his plate than meat and the onion was charred but pretty much raw.

    My scallop starter was completely raw inside. We were really gutted that this was indeed the case, we'd waited a long time to come away that weekend.

    Hopefully you can improve upon this for your future guests.

  • ((((( by from Market Deeping

    As usual Stapleford delivers a relaxing ambience; the staff team are always extremely attentive and responsive. The service, menu choice and quality of the food in the Grinning Gibbons restaurant always exceeds expectations

  • ((((* by from Leicester

    Lovely location and an excellent waitress

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