With a former MasterChef winner at the helm and a menu of hyper-local ingredients, this hotel is serving up a taste of the Cotswolds countryside. Lisa Jenkins pays a visit
Eckington Manor, situated in the Avon valleys on the border of the Cotswolds, originally opened in 2008 as a state-of-the-art cookery school with five guest bedrooms.
Owner and founder Judy Gardner (who started the Gardner's pickle business from her kitchen) has expanded the hotel to include a 38-cover restaurant, 17 bedrooms, a self-contained wedding and conference venue, as well as arable and cattle farmland. She was joined by co-head chefs Mark and his wife, Acorn award winner Sue Stinchcombe (currently on maternity leave) in 2014.
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