It seems we owe the folks behind The Dairy even more thanks; they’ve now given SW4 residents another incredible restaurant. The Manor promises much and delivers more. The food, like its sister restaurant, is seasonal and local (to the tune of honey from their own beehives) and bound to surprise you. Normal butter on your bread? Mais non! This bistro has got a few tricks up its culinary sleeve. That’s chicken butter on your freshly baked rye sourdough. Will life ever be the same? No. It probably won’t.
Dining at The Manor is an eye-opening experience, in all senses of the phrase. For food this highfalutin you’d expect lofty surrounds and stratospheric prices. But there’s exposed brick and scribbles on the wall, and it remains reasonable – even with all the justifiable hype. The Manor is chic, contemporary, casual.
There are plenty of Nordic influences on the cuisine too; fermenting, smoking, pickling, preserving – it’s all there. The tasting menu is a great place to start, offering you a glimpse at just what the chefs can do with what’s in season, moving you from dish to dish with creative, mouthwatering aplomb. But if you’d rather take a pick and mix approach, the a la carte will do you well. The weekend brunch, meanwhile, is stuffed with everything from fried duck eggs and crispy pig cheeks to fermented potato flatbread with smoked aubergine (given a heady kick and a blast of colour from fresh mint).
It’s a restaurant to rush to, if you haven’t already. But do yourself a favour and make a reservation. This is a meal you really don’t want to miss out on.