Eckington Manor – a weekend in the West Country

We decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day a week late this year and I spontaneously booked a night’s stay at Eckington Manor. After further research, I discovered it was a 2 hour train ride away. We started our weekend at a familiar spot…

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…before boarding a train armed with our favourite travel food supplies.

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A couple of hours later, we pulled in Pershore station, where we walked into town and grabbed some lunch. (Nothing special, not worth photographing) and then caught a taxi to the Manor itself, which is situated in the pretty little village of Eckington.

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We checked in at reception and we were greeted by Judy, the owner herself, who showed us to our room.

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It was situated in the old milking parlour, which has been beautifully restored by Judy and her team. Needless to say, we were pretty pleased with it.

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My favourite part was the fantastic shower (and the complimentary White Company toiletries!).

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We dropped off our bags and made the most of the afternoon sun with a stroll round Eckington Village, and a quick drink at the local pub.

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We also paid a visit to the honesty bar (we were honest, promise) and sampled the cider, which is brewed at the Manor itself.

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Before heading back to our amazing room to chill out and get ready for dinner at the on-site restaurant. The restaurant opened in 2013 and prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients.

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We started with some bread, featuring some local butter (which coincidentally, you can also buy in Waitrose).

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We shared two starters. Duck parfait with toasted brioche, and grilled pigeon breast.

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They were both delicious. Alex preferred the pigeon, but I think I *just* preferred the parfait – I’m a sucker for anything that comes with brioche.

Next up, the mains. We both chose the pork loin, which was served with black pudding, vegetables and drenched in honey and mustard sauce.

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Not quite as delicious as the starters, but fabulous all the same. Just simple food, cooked using fantastic ingredients.

We decided to skip dessert as we were feeling decidedly full.

The next day, we were excited to try out the breakfast offering. Back up to the restaurant we went, where we started by raiding the buffet. I had some yoghurt and fresh fruit…

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…whilst Alex went for some kind of syrupy stewed fruit concoction, which he said ‘tasted of Christmas’.

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We both had an obligatory croissant.

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Followed by the star performer – a full English breakfast, cooked to order.

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It was delicious – the sausages and black pudding were particularly good. Feeling pretty full, we decided to take a stroll around the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. Sadly, the weather was against us, and after traipsing through mud, drizzle and gales, we retreated to the pub. Which had an open fire burning.

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We took the train back to London feeling refreshed and relaxed. A lovely (if slightly muddy) weekend away in the West Country.

You can book a room at Eckington Manor (and I can highly recommend it) here.

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