Dining 2018-12-11T18:57:09+00:00


Old Downton Lodge is a Restaurant with Rooms. Head Chef, Karl Martin, has been with us since 2014 and has won many awards notably 3 AA Rosettes since 2015 and listing in Michelin Guide since 2015. His menu evolves each month. He has created a 6 or 9 course tasting menu served Tuesday to Saturday nights only between 6pm and 9pm. As well as a 3 course Market Menu with a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts.  Please see below this week’s menus. Please book dinner at least 24 hours before your stay as all produce is ordered in fresh each day.

The dining room is in its pomp when set out for a party of eighteen, but it is equally atmospheric when laid out with tables of two or four. It has the feel of a grand medieval hall. In fact, it was built around the time of the Norman conquest, but do those small triangular windows suggest a more prosaic history?

Karl produces a 6 or 9 course tasting menu for which he draws inspiration from local produce when he visits the Market and from his foraging expeditions in the Herefordshire countryside. Dinner is available on Tuesday to Saturday night only, between 6pm and 9pm. Below our current menus: 6 and 9 course tasting menu. We also offer a small 3 course Market Menu. This menu will change as it is a Market Menu. The Market Menu is mainly for in house guests that wish to dine 2 or more nights.


If you have any dietary requirements please let us know at least 24 hours before you dine, so that we can ensure it doesn’t impact on your dining experience. The restaurant is also open to non residents so we suggest you make your reservation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment (At least 24 hours before you dine).

Dear Guests,
The present List is the fruit of our passion for fine Wine and Spirits, as well as our continuous effort to create a unique experience for the visitor of the Old Downton Lodge. It is a work in progress, but we sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading through its pages, find the choices of your pleasure and let us create a memorable experience for you. The choices that you are about to browse, have been put together, in order to compliment the elegance of the dishes created by our Executive Head Chef, Karl Martin, and are there to provide exceptional representation and value for each country and region listed. We are very proud of the fact that our Wines and Spirits are supplied by the award-winning Shropshire wine merchant, Tanners Wines of Shrewsbury. Tanners have been an independent family shipper of estate wines since 1842 and stay resolutely independent until today. Run by James Tanner, who is the fourth generation of the family to work in the company, the firm employs more than 100 people, with the majority split between its distinctive, black & white headquarters in Shrewsbury and its distribution depot in Wales. By shipping direct from the vineyards into their own premises, they offer unique wines from predominantly family producers, who have a passion for their land, vines and produce. Tanners have won an international reputation and a loyal following among wine lovers, as well as a great number of important national awards and accolades, acknowledging the firm as one of the very best wine merchants in the UK. Here at the Old Downton Lodge we believe that good Service is about helping you create those special moments, which will become the memories of the future. Our aspiration is that we can succeed, only if this is offered in a helpful and personal manner. Therefore, please feel free to call us, should you have any questions regarding the present List, or any other side of your experience, which we can be helpful with.

To Good Health!

Kindest Regards,
Willem Vlok
Old Downton Lodge.