This week the Standout team visited Rutland’s Hambleton Hall, and were not disappointed…

“The winding tree-lined entrance added a sense of wonder to the approach. The quality of the food was immediately evident and was matched by attentive and confident service throughout. I was impressed by the expansive views across Rutland and spent some time enjoying the carefully crafted gardens. The property has all the charm and romance of historic countryside manor, serving the very best in contemporary food and drink. It’s not difficult to imagine why it has developed such a loyal following.”

Robbie Lewis, Digital Technical Lead

“Rutland, the smallest county, could be justifiably considered the jewel in the Central England crown, with its gigantic lake and pastoral views. It’s in this fairy-tale setting that Hambleton Hall can be found. Once a private hunting lodge and rural salon, the country house retains its function as a warm and homely base to be entertained. The raison d’être of Hambleton Hall is exemplary dining within a country house, rather than a hotel that offers dining facilities. It is this commitment to cuisine that has earned it coveted Michelin-star status since 1982, the UK’s longest-retained star.

Having never experienced a Michelin-star level lunch menu, I was not disappointed with my choice of loin of rabbit, wrapped in Parma ham with liquorice sauce. Our table of five was a festival of colour and texture when the main courses arrived, and the poised, seamless service completed an outstanding and memorable experience.

The real surprise for me was the astonishing view at the rear of the property. Once you emerge from the drawing room to the patio area, you are greeted with a multi-layered vista, with a detailed view of the perfectly-manicured gardens and glittering lake. I really enjoyed taking a quiet few moments to forget that I was technically working, and admired the complex view on an uncharacteristically warm, sunny October day. I know an Instagram moment when I see one, so I caught a few snaps before the trip back to the office.

Carolyn and Chris gave us such a warm welcome, which makes the prospect of working with the brand even more exciting for me. I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

David Lambie, Head of Digital

“Hambleton Hall is just lovely – a charming building set in the beautiful English countryside, with the most spectacular views over Rutland Water – I cannot think of a better place to have a meeting on a Thursday morning!

We were lucky enough to be invited to dine in the restaurant for Lunch, which is booked out with reservations for months in advance. As a vegetarian a Michelin dining experience is usually off-limits, but I was thrilled to be handed my own meat-free menu with an extensive range of dishes to choose from. Carrot ice cream and a tartlet of artichoke did not disappoint! Here even the menus have been exquisitely crafted, with beautiful autumnal illustrations printed around the dishes. Hambleton Hall is a must-visit stop on the way to anywhere – make the trip for the gardens alone.

Order a cup of coffee in the sunshine and you’ll think you’ve been transported back to a 1930s English idyll.”

Maddy Kimberley, Account Manager