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When the Capital Comes to the Second City

Eve Herbert’s review of Hampton Manor went live in March’s regional Absolutely London magazines. For Eve ‘Hampton Manor combines the rural idyll with Michelin-starred dining.’ Music to our ears.

She looks back on a successful 2016 in which Peel’s won its Michelin-star and fourth AA-rosette in the space of a week. To surmise, she states that ‘food alone is a great reason to make a visit.’

Eve then traces the Manor’s history back to Sir Robert Peel, the PM who bought the land, only to die falling off his horse shortly after. His son, Sir Frederick Peel, then built the Manor house in honour of his father. She adds that ‘Frederick was a proud industrialist and his home reflected his beliefs. ‘Industria’ is engraved on the staircase and a crest of a lion, carved in myriad locations across the building, features a weaving shuttle.’ These features are interestingly contrasted with Arts and Crafts details and their focus on the individual craftsman and craftsmanship.

We then take a trip back to the present, looking at married couple Fjona and James’ loving restoration of the Manor House. She praises Fjona, as Creative Director, for sensitively juxtaposing the Victorian design features ‘with luxurious materials and contemporary finishes.’

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