The restaurant within The Manor House in Castle Combe has reopened following a full refurb by the interior experts behind Foxhill Manor, Dormy House and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
It’s no small task to reimagine the dining room of a 14th-century building. However, the team at Trevillion – an industry-leading interior design company – have breathed new life into Bybrook while remaining sympathetic to the restaurant’s history and Cotswolds heritage. Modern touches such as minimalist light fittings and banquette seating have refreshed the space and created a more contemporary, relaxed ambience.
Inspired by the kitchen garden that supplies the chefs with much of the seasonal produce, the designers have brought the outside in through the introduction of nature-inspired artwork and planters filled with verdant flora. Another new addition is the ultra-modern wine area, in which a gleaming glass EuroCave fridge displays picks from Bybrook’s comprehensive wine collection.
The restaurant’s two private-dining spaces, The Saxon (seating up to 12) and The Brook (semi-private dining for up to 40), have also been refurbished in the same style and offer chic settings for celebrations.
To coincide with the reopening, executive chef Rob Potter has refreshed the menus including the ever-popular tasting menu. New highlights include Salcombe crab with blood orange and grapefruit, salt-aged duck with liver, morel and beetroot, and apple with almond, Neston Park honey and Madagascan vanilla.
Renovations to the outside dining area are ongoing and due to be completed in time for the Easter break. Once finished, guests will be able to enjoy a pre- or post-dinner drink while overlooking the raised beds in which some of the ingredients are grown.