Lockdown takeout: Paradise Carriage at Whatley Manor

Experience a slice of paradise at Whatley Manor’s mobile kitchen in Malmesbury

The lowdown

Need a few gastronomic treats to see you through the last stretch of lockdown? If you’re anywhere near Malmesbury in Wiltshire we’d recommend taking advantage of the gourmet food to-go offering at Whatley Manor’s colourful mobile kitchen, Paradise Carriage.

Find the foodie-mobile in the hotel’s car park, where it dispenses a weekly-changing evening set menu to put most other takeaway options in the shade. Michelin-starred chef Niall Keating crafts a feast which includes a main course, a side, pudding and a local craft beer or soft drink which discerning diners pick up to to take home.

Plus, now the rules allow for” picnics” (for two) outdoors, the Whatley team are open on Saturdays for brunch takeaways of Niall’s Staffordshire oatcakes and hot drinks.


Paradise Carriage is open for takeout on Fridays (4.30pm-8.30pm), Saturdays (10am-2pm, 4.30pm-8.30pm) and Easter Sunday (12pm-5pm).

Why Paradise Carriage?

Who doesn’t long for a blast of Michelin-starred fine dining? Okay, you won’t get a true taste of Niall’s pioneering restaurant menus – heavily influenced by his time spent working in Korea and Japan – from a takeaway, but right now most of us are happy with even a hint of glamour and novelty. Plus, the menu looks really fun.

Foodie creds

The Cotswolds is home to a wealth of luxury country house hotels but Whatley Manor is set apart by its exceptional dining credentials. Niall Keating earned The Dining Room at Whatley a coveted second star in the 2020 Michelin Guide, just two years after achieving the first, an accolade the restaurant has retained in 2021. He was also crowned Champion of Champions on BBC2’s Great British Menu.

Sample menu

This weekend’s lockdown takeout includes:

Sample main: Chinese crispy pork belly with roasted ginger and chilli bok choy, furikake and terriyaki sauce 
Sample side: Kimchi fries
Sample pud: Coconut crème caramel

Please note dishes change weekly, so check the website for what’s coming up.

Those who like the idea of indulging in a no-wash-up-required Easter Sunday roast, prepared by a talented chef, can order the following dishes:

Easter Sunday menu:

Sample main: Beef (from the manor) with red wine jus, served with triple-cooked roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and seasonal vegetables
Sample pud: Sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream


The evening set menu costs £25 per person. For Saturday brunch it’s £7.50 per person (for a filled oatcake and hot drink). The Easter Sunday lunch costs £25 per adult and £12.50 per child.

How to order

Pre-order (one day in advance of collection) from Monday-Friday, between 9am and 5pm, by calling 01666 822888. Alternatively, rock up at the mobile kitchen at Saturday lunchtime and order what takes your fancy there and then.


june, 2024


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