Cowley Manor hotel in the Cotswolds

Cowley Manor, the Cotswolds: hotel of the week

Cowley Manor hotel in the CotswoldsSpring’s a superb time to head for the hills. The changeable British weather won’t be a problem at Cowley Manor hotel in the Cotswolds: if the sun shines, there are acres of undulating English countryside in which to frolic… and if it rains, this boutique bolthole’s billiard room is the perfect place to hide out.

Style Modernised manor house
Setting Rolling Cotswolds countryside

And a partridge in Guinness sauce… Chewton Glen’s alternative Christmas recipe

Chewton Glen alternative Christmas recipeWhile most of the world gobbles down turkey like there’s no tomorrow (or indeed Boxing Day), some prefer not to eat turkey at all – given a choice of festive fowl, I’d never pick turkey. Never. It could sit plumply on the supermarket subs’ bench till kingdom come for all I care, forever in the shadow of gamey alternatives, goose, grouse or partridge in Guinness sauce.

Thankfully, Chewton Glen – a New Forest family-friendly favourite officially dubbed by this very blog as ‘Hampshire’s Most Splendiferous Spa-Enhanced Country-House Hotel‘ – has saved the day with a mouthwatering recipe from its recently revamped restaurant, Vetiver.

Of course, some of you might prefer to spend less time in the kitchen, and more time drinking sherry/unwrapping presents/recovering from Christmas Eve. In which case, the sane way to avoid manual labour completely is to check into Chewton Glen, bed down in one of its classic-luxe suites and let talented head chef Andrew Du Bourg do all the hard work for you…

Roast partridge | Truffle and butternut squash puree | Guinness sauce

Alternative Christmas recipe – partridge – Chewton GlenINGREDIENTS: Serves four
4 partridges
250g duck/goose fat

For the sauce
Olive oil
2 banana shallots
½ head of garlic
1 can of Guinness
1 litre partridge stock
4 sprigs thyme
2 bay leaves
100g butter

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