A Michelin-starred chef in Leamington Spa has expanded his team and relaunched a popular all-week fine dining experience following a welcome bounce-back for the hospitality industry.
The ‘Tastes of the Season’ menu at The Dining Room at Mallory Court Hotel and Spa, is moving to seven-days-a-week due to demand, having previously been available Tuesday-Saturday.
The menu at the 3 AA Rosette restaurant, on Harbury Lane, has become popular with foodies and fine-dining enthusiasts due to its unique, daily changing five-course tasting menu.
Produced by top chef Simon Haigh, it focuses on innovative, contemporary dishes created from seasonal crop from the hotel’s own Kitchen Garden, alongside the best locally-sourced produce.
The switch comes as Mallory is expanding its kitchen team with new arrivals, including Hayley Chan who arrives from three-Michelin starred restaurant Robuchon in Hong Kong.
Simon Haigh said: “’Tastes of the Season’ is a really popular fine-dining experience, so much so that we are now extending it across seven days – just as it was before the pandemic.
“We change it daily and use things in season such as elderflower from our gardens for syrup, or the best produce from our local fish market. It’s all about keeping things fresh.
“Our industry was hit hard during the early days of the pandemic, but this coupled with the kitchen expansion shows we are now bouncing back which is fantastic to see.
“I am really looking forward to relaunching it across all seven days.”
The revamped Tastes of the Season menu is now available daily and highlights could range from Champagne on the terrace – weather depending! – to Highland Wagyu beef, truffles, Mallory elderflower, Wye Valley asparagus and English Strawberries to name a few, finishing with coffee or tea by the fireside.
Haigh was announced as Chef Director of Mallory Court, which is part of the award-winning Eden Hotel Collection, in December 2021, returning to the helm 20 years after garnering a Michelin star for the restaurant in 2001 which it held for a decade.
He won his first Michelin star as head chef at Scotland’s Inverlochy Castle near Fort William in Inverness-shire, then joined Seaham Hall hotel in Northumberland, where he gained three AA rosettes. He has also worked at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, and also worked as food and beverage director across the entire Eden Hotel Collection.
General manager Nick Hanson said: “Simon has had a wonderful reception since re-joining us as Chef Director.
“He is one of the most respected fine dining chefs in the UK and his food is a big draw.
“Our Tastes of the Season menu is unique as we write it every day, and it can be something really special to celebrate occasions or just enjoy the gastronomic experience.”