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article imageRestaurant Review: Oakes Grill at Hanbury Manor Special

By Tim Sandle     Feb 7, 2016 in Food
Hertford - Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire, England, built in 1730, is a hotel, conference center and a place to play golf. It has two restaurants and a bar. Digital Journal sampled one of the venue's eating places.
Hanbury Manor consists of a large English manor house and grounds. It is located along the Cambridge Road, Ware, Hertfordshire, U.K.. The building formerly served as a manor house (in Renaissance Jacobean style architecture), for the landed gentry. It then became a boarding school, run by a group called the Faithful Companions of Jesus. These days it serves as a hotel and country club, operated by the Marriott Group.
Hanbury Manor  part of the manor built during the 1890s.
Hanbury Manor, part of the manor built during the 1890s.
The hotel and estate are situated among 200 acres of lush Hertfordshire parkland.
Hanbury Manor is located in the English countryside. Within its grounds there are fields and trees  ...
Hanbury Manor is located in the English countryside. Within its grounds there are fields and trees, making it an ideal walking spot.
Hanbury manor has three venues for dining: Oakes Grill; a restaurant called Colette's; and a cocktail bar, that serves light snacks and afternoon tea. For this trip within the fine building, Digital Journal sampled the delights available at Oakes Grill.
Oakes Grill, is a large restaurant with a terrace. The restaurant is relaxed and it conveys a warm ambiance. The design is modern.
Some people nearby celebrating a Birthday at Oakes Grill  Hanbury Manor  U.K.
Some people nearby celebrating a Birthday at Oakes Grill, Hanbury Manor, U.K.
The restaurant offers a menu featuring a diverse array of European cuisine.
On this occasion, three people were dining. For starters, we enjoyed a tasty, mellow butternut squash soup, which came delightfully served in a saucepan.
Creamy and tasty - butternut squash served in a saucepan.
Creamy and tasty - butternut squash served in a saucepan.
Accompanying the soup was some rustic bread.
Bread  produced locally from a mill near Ware in Hertfordshire. Thick crusts and soft chewy dough in...
Bread, produced locally from a mill near Ware in Hertfordshire. Thick crusts and soft chewy dough inside.
For main courses, one of the party opted for a large beefburger. By all accounts this was well-cooked and succulent. Sweet potatoes, crunchy on the outside and fluffy soft in the middle, were served with the meal.
File photo shows a good-sized burger about to be eaten  at Oakes Grill.
File photo shows a good-sized burger about to be eaten, at Oakes Grill.
Sweet potatoes served in their skins  a sumptuous side dish.
Sweet potatoes served in their skins, a sumptuous side dish.
Another of the party elected cod, which came grilled and served on a bed of black lentils. Chips were served as a side accompaniment, taking something away from the healthy aspect of the grilled fish!
Cod  served on a bed of lentils  together with greens. The healthy option at Oakes Grill.
Cod, served on a bed of lentils, together with greens. The healthy option at Oakes Grill.
Thick  hand cut chips served as a side dish at Oakes Grill.
Thick, hand cut chips served as a side dish at Oakes Grill.
Digital Journal's reporter elected for the vegetarian dish. This was a cottage pie, composed of creamy and cheesy mashed potato, covering button mushrooms in a rich, red wine sauce. The meal came with tender French green beans.
The vegetarian alternative - a cottage pue made of potato  cheese and mushrooms  served with buttere...
The vegetarian alternative - a cottage pue made of potato, cheese and mushrooms, served with buttered green beans.
Being sufficiently sated, we did not sample from the dessert menu and instead opted for tea and coffee.
Quintessentially English? A cup of tea  served at Oakes Grill.
Quintessentially English? A cup of tea, served at Oakes Grill.
The welcome sign of the coffee pot  perfect for the after dinner digestive.
The welcome sign of the coffee pot, perfect for the after dinner digestive.
Also — and noticeably unusual for the U.K. based Digital Journal restaurant reviews — alcohol was not sampled on this occasion. There was, however, a good range of world wines to choose from, or beer for those preferring the grain to the grape.
The restaurant is a great place to indulge in a delicious meal. The food is nicely prepared, well-cooked and delicious. The staff were friendly and efficient. Digital Journal rating: 4 out of 5.
Hanbury Manor itself is a good place to visit, presenting extensive grounds and a finely designed building. Digital Journal profiled the manor house and hotel in 2014.
A courtyard at Hanbury manor  located close to the Oakes Grill.
A courtyard at Hanbury manor, located close to the Oakes Grill.
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