BEST KEPT SECRET…
In the delightful Walled Garden at Barton Manor Hotel & Spa, diners can expect delicious food in lovely surroundings making this a spectacular summertime destination! Photography: Kirsten Platt
Barton Manor Hotel & Spa, has undergone a smart refurbishment. With its fabulous pool and relaxing spa, conference facilities, lovely restaurant, delightful suites and bedrooms, the hotel nestles in its own grounds which features a large outdoor terrace and beautifully manicured gardens.
Overlooking the terrace and garden is perhaps the hotel’s best kept secret – the Walled Garden. In a perfect location, the Walled Garden serves lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in stunning surroundings that feature exposed brick and stone, flag floors and an orangery that opens up onto the terrace where guests can dine al fresco in the summer months.
Barton Manor was formerly Barton Grange Hotel – also renowned for its garden centre. The Walled Garden fittingly occupies the area of the gardens originally planned to be a walled vegetable garden – hence the name. Ninety years later, the space has been transformed into a leading eatery in a perfect location!
The Walled Garden can also be used for small events as part of the space has been designed so it can be cleverly partitioned off, so guests have a private space that still has access to the lawns and outdoor terrace.
With the emphasis very much on seasonal produce, head chef Dan Francis and his senior sous chef Edward Ndung’u are the inspiration behind the menus at the Walled Garden. Surrounded by prime farming land and a host of specialist growers and producers, Dan has access to the best seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as quality meats and cheeses.
Having been with the hotel for five years, Dan and his brigade produce hearty classics along with tasty light bites on the lunch menu. Diners can expect to find a selection of sandwiches, starters, toasties and classics including battered fillet of Fleetwood haddock or char-grilled double beefburger – as well as vegetarian options too.
Understandably, one of the most popular events at the Walled Garden is afternoon tea as this is the quintessentially English-garden location. Enjoy sandwiches, cakes, tea or a glass of bubbly sitting on the terrace – just perfect!
In the evening the Walled Garden is just as magical – there is a wide choice of starters, mains and desserts on the menu from which to choose. Expect to find pan-fried sea bass, served with new potatoes, beetroot puree and asparagus, as well as slow cooked blade of beef with horseradish mash and caramelised shallot with roast vegetables.
Desserts include a tangy lemon posset, deliciously decadent dark chocolate fondant and a traditional Bramley apple crumble – all equally appealing. This hotel and restaurant has so much to offer discerning diners.
Also not to be missed at Barton Manor – the magnificent pool and award-winning Elements day spa that has an array of packages available. Book now to enjoy a relaxing massage, a facial or choose from a host of first-class beauty treatments. Take a friend and enjoy afternoon tea afterwards – a summer treat to be relished!
If you’re staying, dining or visiting the spa, you will be given a warm welcome by general manager Andrea Burton and her friendly team at Barton Manor. All the executive rooms at the hotel have been beautifully refurbished recently thanks to local contractors Dovetail Joinery.
The four-star hotel and Walled Garden is just five minutes from J32 of the M6, close to Blackpool, the Trough of Bowland and the Lake District – ideal for a summer staycation!
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Barton Manor Hotel & Spa
746-768 Garstang Road
Barton, Preston PR3 5AA