Cottage in the Wood, Malvern

main-houseIt is no coincidence that the name ‘Gandolphi’ so closely resembles the name of Tolkien’s great wizard from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: ‘Gandalf’. J.R.R. Tolkien spent time in Malvern and drew much inspiration from the area. It is believed that the inspiration for Gandalf’s name came from the Blackmore Park Estate owner himself: Gandolphi.

We had the pleasure of sampling dishes from the stunning, newly refurbished 1919 restaurant, with panoramic views stretching out across the vast open landscape of Malvern, Worcestershire and beyond.

It’s an exceptional venue, not just for special occasions but also for a business lunch, evening meal, or simply getting something to eat at the bar if you’re out for a hike.

It was a pleasure being welcomed by Julia who spent time taking us through the magical journey of The Cottage in the Wood, and Food & Beverage manager GianLuca was a true professional in handling our difficult allergy issues. Namely our child who has a number of allergies. Not only did he love the locally sourced herb sausages and creamed mashed potato from the children’s menu, but the chef even rang the butcher just to make sure that there were none of his allergens present. Exceptional!

The portions were also well balanced, and generous too.

Rhubarb dessertTo start, I went for a delightful, heart-warming watercress and potato soup with creamy horseradish. The flavours were spicy and bold, and the perfect supplement to the basket of sourdough and granary that was brought to the table, alongside a bottle of Malvern spring water. The marmite butter was immense.

For my main course I had the loin of pork which came with a delicious onion jam with fennel, crispy breaded tenderloin in breadcrumbs and a succulent flavours of the pork coming across coupled with fondant potato, a sweet goat’s curd, charred gem lettuce¬†and baked potato foam.

For desert I had a mouth watering poached rhubarb, custard and a rose ginger ice-cream finished with jelly and candy floss. The tartness in the rhubarb gave a refreshing kick, softened by the gentle floral notes in the sorbet. The Cottage in the Wood is a testament to excellent food, service with an enchanting destination to match.

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