BMW i3 at Grace and Savour BMW i3 at Grace and Savour

GRACE AND SAVOUR.

Grace & Savour is the new farm-to-table restaurant from the multi-award winning team behind Hampton Manor.

Surrounded by forty-five acres of woodland, a walled garden, a manor house and charming Victorian greenhouses. Grace & Savour offers diners the option of a ‘24-hour’ immersive dining experience, including an exploration of the vegetable garden on arrival, an incredible multi-course tasting menu for dinner, plus luxury overnight accommodation and cookery school the morning after.

The fifteen-course tasting menu is served from an open 'development kitchen'. We chose one of the counter seats - allowing us to view the theatre of the kitchen and chefs at work.

With each course, guests will learn about the farmers and fishermen who are pioneering a new wave of sustainability. Grace & Savour celebrates a revolution in growing and farming that is reviving a pre-industrial approach to food. The focus is on soil health, biodiversity and sustainability. Chef David Taylor believes farming is the key to unlocking flavour.

What’s interesting about the meal is the educational aspect of the dining experience. The chefs are extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. You’ll find an array of fresh and preserved ingredients - including jars full of carrot nectar, camomile and apple kombucha and pickled magnolia.

Our meal started with the most delicious bowl of warm broth - made with beef bones and carrot skins (nothing is wasted in the kitchen). This was followed by a series of snacks and small bites including the most delicious crispy Jerusalem Artichoke skins filled with artichoke and a bay leaf pickle from the garden. An absolutely superb mouthful of textures and flavours!

Freshly made sourdough leaven was served with a tartar of Welsh black beef. Then came the best, seeded sourdough bread made by Min, the in-house baker, served with a butter infused with the same grain the bread is made with, providing a yeasted umami flavour. Scallops from Cornwall were served with an unctuous sauce of chicken and fermented bread miso. Line caught hake was served with mussels & pickled pumpkin. Wood fired wild boar from Shropshire was served with January King cabbage and a sauce of roasted boar bones and cobnuts.

Caramelised whey & sheep milk sorbet acted as a brilliant pre-dessert, accompanied by a compote of blackcurrants. Next was a custard served with pink Yorkshire rhubarb and honey kombucha. Our penultimate course was ‘leftover sourdough’ from the Hampton Manor bakery, made into the most delicious pudding and served with an ice cream of brown butter and cobnuts from Kent. The final bite was a warming and nostalgic ginger rice pudding. Each bite was more delicious than the last. It was almost sad the meal had come to an end!

So with bellies full, we were ready for a much needed nap. Luckily the guest bedrooms are just a few metres away! We highly recommend Grace & Savour for the ultimate foodie experience and memorable staycation.

Driving from the South East, there is plenty of choice for charging stations with the BMW i3. We made it to Solihull on one charge and topped up locally before lunch, just 10 minutes from Hampton Manor at Bickenhill Parkway. There is a supercharger so you can get your car back up to charge quickly, ready for your journey home. Another great stop en route worth noting is Beaconsfield Services on the M40. There are lots of chargers here, all fitted with the CCS connections.

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“There is plenty of choice for charging stations with the BMW i3.”

We The Food Snobs.

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THE BMW i3.

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Fuel economy and CO2 results for the BMW i3 range: Mpg (l/100km) not applicable. CO2 emissions: 0 g/km. Electric energy consumption (combined) 3.8 - 4.1 miles/kWh. Electric range 173.4 -190.8 miles. These figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. The BMW i3 and i3s 120Ah is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. These figures were achieved using the WLTP test procedure. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2, electric energy consumption and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load.