Well it could/can be a great place it has all the ingredients but two, passion and imagination , by the management or owners I assume.
Exterior and grounds were in need to some/much TLC and color, but I can imagine the return on investment would not be justified with the current marketing scheme they have. They primary caterer to events/wedding parties and not to fine dining and tourists which they are missing a golden opportunity. The place has so much potential but left me disappointed in the end and wanting to find the owner and try to talk some sense into them.
Room was of above average size but lacked charm that you would expect in an old Manor house. Room was clean but drab, bed was a bit uncomfortable. Plumbing is in need of an over hall, other guests and ourselves commented on the pumping action needed to flush the toilet (pretty sure that’s an easy fix).
Restaurant needs some help (they need Gordon Ramsey to stop by and do a makeover!). Menu very dated and boring, Starters were promising and got our hopes up but when the Mains came out we just had to laugh, it was like we were on one of the bad cooking shows. I had the steak and king size prawns, the prawns were baby shrimp with some weird garlic butter goo, the steak look more like a hamburger patty and was raw, ice cold in the middle. I sent it back asking for a bit more heat on it. It came back in a few minutes cooked on the inside but strangely, the same color on the outside with white uncooked fat (they heated it up in the microwave), taste was unpleasant and the rest of the plate was left almost untouched.. Wife had the chicken Caesars salad, that was not too bad but not fine dining. We were still laughing it off and decided to try the pudding, yes you are right it was not good. Pretty much a microwaved Tesco’s sticky pudding for the wife and a dried up piece of twice bake for me.
The staff was friendly and accommodating, not much to fault there. Very clean and well-kept interior considering the age of the Manor and how hard it must be to keep it that way.