There’s a new reason to head out to Woodland Manor in Clapham, thanks to a reimagining of the hotel’s conservatory into a dedicated dining room called ‘The Glass Room’
If you’ve not been to Woodland Manor before then the hotel itself is a former mansion house that dates back to around 1812.
It’s in beautiful woodland surroundings and while in the past it’s been used as a private residence, guest house and even a hospital, it is now a popular country house hotel and wedding venue.
The Glass Room itself has been given a new lease of life as a permanent dining room, offering an intimate setting and limited covers creating what feels like an exclusive environment for each guest.
It’s clear the dining experience and quality of the food and wine have been carefully considered, with a strong selection to suit all tastes and dietary requirements.
While we perused the menu, we ordered halloumi sticks (halloumi fries) to nibble on.
Served naked, with a sweet chilli dip this was a perfect sign of the simple but quality food we were about to enjoy. No over the top flavours, just good country dining.
I chose the fishcakes to start. Not a difficult dish by any means but these were perfect. Just the right level of crispiness on the outside but wonderfully creamy inside and accompanied with an aioli that matched the flavour exactly as you’d hope.
My guest chose the flash-fried calamari served with chilli and lime. A fresh and clean flavour that was perfect for the summer weather we’ve been having recently.
Mains arrived quickly and my chosen ribeye was cooked exactly how I requested.
Accompanied with grilled tomatoes on the vine, a field mushroom, potatoes of your choice and peppercorn sauce this was exactly what you’d expect country dining to look like, and it tasted just as good too.
Whichever butcher supplies The Glass Room, they clearly have high quality in mind. The steak was tender and flavourful.
The peppercorn sauce could have been a little stronger in flavour but it was satisfactory.
My guest said their lamb rump was also delicious although they would have preferred the chance to request how they would have liked it cooked.
While both courses left us satisfied we did endeavour to try the dessert. My Eaton Mess was OK but lacked oomph. More meringue would have helped.
The chocolate brownie was enjoyed by my guest and all the more so with the offer of a scoop of ice cream to accompany the salted caramel cremaux.
As for the wine list, another strong example of classic country dining. Standard varieties and a selection that’s not too varied but enough to satisfy all tastes.
Service was a key factor in our enjoyment, we were well attended but not so much so we felt interrupted, as can often be the case with service staff eager for feedback on every bite.
Both our wine and water glasses were topped up when needed and we were asked if our meals were ok. Aside from that we were left alone to enjoy the evening as we saw fit.
All in all I’d certainly recommend The Glass Room, it’s given Woodland Manor something new and exciting to shout about and with good reason.
I’m confident that anyone dining there will feel the same. Delicious and classic country dining in a wonderful setting.
You can find out more about The Glass Room at their website.
The Glass Room
Wine list: 4/5
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