Nestled in the heart of the rather bijou Yorkshire village of Lindley,  The Manor House Hotel is an unexpected gem of a find. 

Set back from the bustle of the high street which, due to its trendy boutiques, restaurants and bars, has been in the past referred to as the “Knightsbridge of the North”, this beautiful former children’s home is definitely one for the weekender!

the manor house Lindley

When I think of luxury hotels, I think of the details, the little touches that make your stay extra special. This charming hotel is bathed in luxury and opulence with stunning interiors and elegance throughout. 

the manor house Lindley

The Manor House comprises of 11 individually designed rooms and suites, all delightfully chic. My suite, number nine, is a large, bright room in neutral tones with jewel velvets and plush furnishings. The sophisticated bathroom features an extra large walk in rain shower, marble tiling, fluffy towels and top of the range sound system – jackpot! 

I had dinner reservations on this occasion, but believe me, if I didn’t, I would have been happy collapsing on to the huge custom made bed in my robe and tucking in to the complementary homemade cookies and a drink or two from the mini bar.   I think that relaxation is possibly guaranteed here – if Carlsberg did hotels…

The Lantern House Restaurant is rather a feast for the senses, with a stunning floral ceiling and dramatic decor. This certainly feels like grown up dining in a rather upscale way. There are other dining options if you fancy something more casual –  The Kitchen is open each day for breakfast, lunch and afternoon service where you can feast on freshly baked bread and pastries, small plates, salads and sandwiches or even a pizza – ideal for lunchtime.

However, on this occasion I was going all out swanky – The Lantern Room certainly enjoys the wow factor with dazzling lights and plush seating – all very high end, but certainly not stuffy.

The food is definitely as attractive as the accomModation and service at The Manor House, the artistry and finesse each dish is served with is impeccable. Whilst there are sample menus available online to view, don’t bank on the same menu being offered to you on your visit, this is largely down to the amount of seasonal and local produce utilised throughout the menu. 

the manor house Lindley

The whole dining experience here is utterly charming, the food exquisite and the service perfectly timed by a knowledgeable team. 

the manor house Lindley

You’ll find dishes such as Roasted Duck Liver with White Peach, Cobnut and Duck Fat Brioche or Whitby Lobster, Confit, Marinated Heritage Tomato & Lovage to start and I absolutely ravished my main course – Tomlinson’s Cauliflower, Sticky Grains, Verjus with Truffle, Oxalis – Oh my. Spectacularly delicious and beautifully presented. On offer also – Smoked Long Horn Beef Fillet with Roscoff Onion, Bone Marrow – Isle of Gigha Halibut with Mussel, Courgette, Nasturtium or maybe Herb Fed Chicken with Smoked Corn, Girolle, Black Garlic, Bouillon, all equally as playful.

When I return to this hotel, I will be dining from the tasting menu, the kitchen team obviously know their onions and frankly I’d rather they chose my dishes for me! Can’t say fairer than that! 

After dinner I enjoyed a drink in the bar which is very convivial and equally as sumptuous in decor as my beautiful bedroom – which by this time was calling my name! 

the manor house Lindley

I enjoyed every minute of my stay in this glorious hotel and I would recommend to both locals for the food and drink offering, and as a destination hotel in its own right for those looking for a super duper place to spend a luxurious (grown up) weekend away. 

Get on the blower immediately and see if they have any new year deals – you will be a returning guest I’m sure. Tell them I sent you. 

Words by Joanne Brook-Smith

1 Lidget St, Huddersfield HD3 3JB

T 01484 504000

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