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Grinling Gibbons

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

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

The menu seemed full of very usual dishes with ingredients that you wouldn't usually bring together. We chose our courses with a little trepidation .... But the food definitely lived up to our expectations. The beef was beautifully cooked as was the lamb.

Paula Dumbill 04 February 2017
from Melton Mowbray

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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

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Customer reviews for Grinling Gibbons

4.0 ((((* (based on 33 reviews)
84% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • romantic (10)
  • breakfast (7)
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  • al fresco (1)
  • (**** 27 February 2017 by Tim Gray from Leicester

    The pavilion is actually the golf club dining room & bar. We didn't realise & parked next to the house on a cold blustery day, so had a long walk. The menu is very limited, more pub meal than a dining experience. The staff new & hopefully will improve with practise. Overall, it was disappointing & I wouldn't be going back

  • ((((( 4 February 2017 by Paula Dumbill from Melton Mowbray

    The menu seemed full of very usual dishes with ingredients that you wouldn't usually bring together. We chose our courses with a little trepidation .... But the food definitely lived up to our expectations. The beef was beautifully cooked as was the lamb.

  • (((** 25 January 2017 by Rebecca Bell from Streatley

    We were part of a group and had a set menu. The food was fine if a little bland but was served tepid which spoiled it. Nothing worse than cold canneloni topped with fridge- cold goats cheese. It would have benefited from being hot, some parmisan or seasoning and black pepper.
    Starter of salmon was pleasant, but very small and lacked flavour. portions of terrine were ridiculously tiny. Bread was good.

  • ((((( 21 December 2016 by Marian Malley from Lancashire

    Delicious food and enough food . Good service however the waitress was not able to explain to us what the starters were but did not spoil our delicious meal , Thank You

  • ((((* 18 December 2016 by Alan Gildersleve from Baston, Lincs

    As hoped the food was divine and made you appreciate every mouthful! The canapes were wonderful. I had Pigeon Breast as a starter and it was, genuinely the best I have ever tasted, so tender and melt in the mouth. My wife had the 3 hour cooked duck egg that had her commenting on it all the way through. For main course I had the Quail and again the blend of flavours were magnificent. My wife had the Cornish Cod and again had her commenting on how good it was. (We go for 'fine dining' for me and this is only the second time she has been so enthusiastic about her meal!)

    The ambiance was enhanced by the grandeur of the carvings around the room.

    However, this whole experience was tainted slightly when, with only 4 tables occupied at the time (7.30) a family were seated between us and another couple with a one year old child in a high chair!!! I love children and this child was the same age as our grandson and would never bring a child of that age into a restaurant at that time. The child was a child and screamed and played with its toys as any one your old does. Why were they not asked to dine in one of the other dining rooms and why on earth were they seated between two tables that were occupied and not on the far side away from the diners?

  • ((((( 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

    Perfect

  • ((((* 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.

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