Make Leisure a pleasure
Here's our guide to the nation's up & coming city and it's unrivalled home county...
Birmingham’s independent cafe scene
If you want great coffee and somewhere to make you smile again when you’ve battled your way round Birmingham’s burgeoning retail palaces then we have our favourite haunts for you here and they won’t disappoint when it comes to serious coffee:
http://www.facultycoffee.com – run by our friends Geoff & Lucy
@ – Too cool (or maybe just too new) for a website. Tilt isn’t just epic at coffee it specialises in craft beer too. Oh and don’t forget the pinball. Some of our customers may find this a slightly alternative space!
http://quarterhorsecoffee.com – Very much off the beaten track but both roasting and brewing coffee for love, so go the extra mile.
http://yorksbakerycafe.co.uk – Yorks is growing and changing but it remains committed to well made coffee and attracts a buoyant crowd. Offering a number of locations in the city with varied offerings.
The Bread Collection
One of our hobbies is to seek out the best places to eat and drink. It is a privilege to live in an area with such a growing independent gastronomic scene. The Bread Collection has featured in the Times top ten small bakeries and rightly deserves committing to the hall of fame. Just a few miles away, in the next village Knowle, it offers both eat in and take home for its treats. Founded and run by a passionate french artisan, Gilles, the bakery not only beckons for morning coffee and almond croissants it now offers a delicious wood fired pizzeria in the back of the shop open Wednesday to Saturday.
Not to be missed!
National Exhibitions at the NEC
The NEC hosts many of the country’s most exiting exhibitions that are open to the public including the Good Food Show, Crufts, National Horse of the Year Show, Gardeners World, Autosport, the Gadget Show and many more.
We’re one short stop on the train from the village to the heart of the NEC. Avoid the nightmare of arena parking and fly into the centre of the NEC by train from our village station.
National Motorcycle Museum
Just 5 minutes from our door The National Motorcycle Museum houses the largest collection of British motorcycles in the world with over 1000 machines from 171 different manufacterers spanning no less than three centuries! Of the 1000 plus machines in the collection there are around 850 on display at any one time throughout the museum’s five huge display halls. Read all about it and book here. Transfers can be organised.
Just a short walk to the end of our drive and our guests enjoy access to the full facilities of Hampton Tennis Club (Approximately 400m).
The tennis club has 4 fenced, outdoor, all-weather, floodlit Euro-clay courts and a hard surface, floodlit “KidZone”. Rackets and balls are available from the Hotel. We can call ahead to ensure courts are available for you.
The squash and racketball section has 2 recently re-floored, indoor squash and racketball courts.
Golf, dine, stay.
Just a short journey from the hotel you can enjoy the full facilities of the superb West Midlands Golf Club. Make a trip of it and finish your day on the course with our superb tasting menus and a luxury overnight stay.
The Club was opened on 1st June 2003 and is located between Meriden and Balsall Common in Solihull just 5 minutes from the National Exhibition Centre and has been built to the highest specification. USGA tees and greens and an extensive drainage system allow all year round play without the need for temporary tees and greens. The Golf Course has been designed within the 234 acre site to complement the undulating parkland landscape. The Golf Course is of a modern English design with American influence, over rolling parkland with mature and newly planted trees and subtle contouring, it also has several holes demanding tee shots and approach shots over water including the signature hole, the 18th a Par 3 with an island green.
The Genting Arena is a 10 minute cab ride from the Manor and brings you some of the best live concerts on the UK circuit. Book in to Afternoon Tea before you go or let us know if you wish to dine earlier than 6pm in our Bistro and we’ll make arrangements. Ensure you have a good feed before you head to your concert.
Book tickets and check what is on here.
Birmingham City Centre
Make a day of Birmingham city centre. Hop on the train from the village, a short stroll from the Manor and you’ll be in the city centre Grand Central station within 15 minutes. Grand Central is well connected to the BullRing shopping centre, the Mailbox, The Barclaycard Arena, the Symphony Hall, the Rep Theatre, the Hippodrome and Birmingham’s Library and museums. Both Michelin Starred Adam’s Restaurant and Purnell’s are accessible from the station. We’re currently developing our own “field guide” to the city centre for our guests with all our “off the beaten track” tips for great design, delicious coffee and independent shopping.
Kenilworth Castle (20 minute drive)
From medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle has been at the centre of England’s affairs for much of its 900 year history. Today, you can scale the heights of the tower built to woo Queen Elizabeth I and marvel at the mighty Norman keep. Explore the exhibition in the Gatehouse, and imagine the majesty of the Great Hall playing host to medieval monarchs and early Tudor kings.
Warwick Castle (25 minutes drive)
Warwick Castle is a short drive from the Manor (25 minutes) and offers a very developed programme of entertainment and education around one of England’s great treasures. Transfers can be arranged.
Experience a full day out with more than 1,100 years of jaw-dropping history, magic, myth and adventure at Warwick Castle! Don’t forget to Save Money by Booking Online.
Stratford-upon-Avon (30 minute drive)
Most notable for Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon provides an idyllic taste England with it Market Town, beautiful river and thriving theatre.
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is a destination not to be missed and is the crowning jewel in any visit to Stratford.
Everything you need to plan you day in Stratford is available here and we can organise transfers for you.
Explore England’s Canals
Sir Frederick Peel resided over the British Canal and rail system. Visitors to his former residence can now enjoy his legacy with Barge trips on the Grand Union Canal an absolute must on anyone’s bucket list. Descend the impressive flight of five locks at Knowle and cruise through open countryside to Rowington or beyond. There are at least four good pubs for lunch and regular refreshment along the way!
Hampton Manor is the perfect way to top and tail a trip out on the canals with the comfort of our luxury accommodation and exceptional food.
We are currently in the process of setting up an arrangement to be able to reserve a boat for you and organise transfers to the wharf. We’ll let you know more details soon.