Welcome to The Mandarin Chinese Restaurant

If you’re looking for a venue that offers quality Chinese cuisine, set in an inviting and warm ambiance, not to mention a friendly service, then you’ve arrived at the Mandarin. Order food from our a la Carte Menu and let us fuss over you, or if you’re in a rush then use our takeaway service. We also offer a range of beer and wine, which you can enjoy in the restaurant or at our front bar.
There is ample car parking and picnic benches over looking a lush green landscape of Hilton for those who want a quiet moment. 

Who are we?

At the Mandarin, we believe in offering the best quality of Chinese food, with unparalleled customer service to all our customers. As such the restaurant offers top quality and authentic Chinese food coupled with the highest standard rating in food hygiene of five stars.

Our menu consists of Cantonese dishes as well as other delicious foods originating from various regions in China including Szechuan and Beijing. It is best described as inclusive and wide-ranging offering many enticing options. For instance, our selection of appetizing dishes and banquet meals are available to cater for everyone’s taste. Our menu is endlessly inventive and if there's something that you would like that is not on the menu, please ask - we will be happy to accommodate your palate where possible. Additionally, if you have specific dietary requirements please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff for assistance in choosing your meal. 

The restaurant has a comfortable and inviting ambiance decorated in a fusion of ‘old meets new’ Chinese and English styles, providing a relaxing environment for you to enjoy your meal, so come and visit us soon!

We look forward to welcoming you at the Mandarin.



Mid-Autumn Festival Invitation – Friday 16th September 2016

We would like to invite you to join us at our restaurant to celebrate the Mid-Autumn (Chinese Harvest) Festival on Friday 16th September 2016.

To celebrate this cultural festival, on the night, there will be the traditional Chinese unicorn dance performance and fireworks which will take place sometime after 10:00pm. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the key cultural celebration events in the Chinese lunar calendar and can be traced back to the ancient imperial days. It is a happy festival and was used as a thanksgiving celebration for the harvest season in China. Today it is regarded as a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate with nice food and wine!

are limited places available and we would strongly recommend an early booking, and a non-refundable deposit of £10 per person is required by 9th September

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A message from the management

As a local business, The Mandarin takes food quality seriously and cares tremendously about the health and well-being of the local community. Unlike other similar businesses which may reuse dirty used frying oil to cook dishes, we dispose all of our used frying oil via a qualified used-oil collecting company. The Mandarin was recently visited by the Environmental Health Inspector from South Derbyshire District Council and we are proud to inform you that we have been awarded once again a 5 star food hygiene rating - 6 years in a row.

James wishes to announce that he is currently working with neighbour landowners in relation to the land at the back of the lawn of The Mandarin's land and the land adjacent which is owned by our neighbour landowners.

It is correct that a planning application has been submitted to South Derbyshire District Council to acquire permission for housing development. Please be assured James has no intention of converting the restaurant car-park and part of the lawn into housing development. In other words the restaurant, bar and takeaway business will be retained beyond the housing development as local facilities in Hilton village.

James would like to take this opportunity to express his gratitude for the support and custom from members of the local community in Hilton and surrounding villages. This is extremely important for James as he very much sees The Mandarin (formally known as The White Swan) as an integral part of the Hilton village community. Over the years we have hosted Christening parties, wedding meal parties and local community clubs gatherings. Also, he has been supporting local community initiatives through various avenues including raffle donations to local schools and community associations. Additionally The Mandarin has been hosting the clothing and shoe recycling bank in the car-park until recently. Money generated from the recycle bank went to the social enterprise concerned and subsequently distributed to the local junior football clubs.

Finally, please take no notice of unfounded rumours that have been circulating in the village regarding the possible disappearance of The Mandarin premises. Whoever instigated such rumours deliberately misled local residents regarding the development proposal at the back of The Mandarin's land in order to acquire local support to save The Mandarin premises. It is questionable what the intention and hidden agenda that the rumour instigator may have- do they really have the best interest of the village at heart or do they have some personal agenda? James has no doubt regarding The Mandarin's restaurant and takeaway business will stay and serve Hilton and the surrounding villages for a long, long time. Further, what James is proposing to do is to merely connect the St Modwen's development ( for 500+ dwellings) with the piece of derelict farmland, at the back and adjacent to The Mandarin's land, which currently looks rather tired and messy into a more pleasant living environment. Moreover this proposal will help to address the housing shortage problem we face in South Derbyshire.

Thank you very much for your attention and we look forward to your custom!


New Opening Times

We have made a small alteration to our opening times which will be taking effect from Monday of 1st August 2016.

From 1st August 2016 we will close on Monday's in order to give us time to prepare our fantastic meals and ensure we bring you the best quality food that you have come to expect from the Mandarin.
We will still be open from 5pm until 11pm Tuesday - Sunday.
What's more, we will still be open Bank holidays 5pm until 11pm. On Mother's Day and Father's Day we will open from 12.30pm until 11pm.


We are open 6 days a week and on all Bank Holidays, we also offer a Takeaway/Delivery* Service.

Please ring 01283 732 305 for a takeaway order or a reservation in the restaurant, alternatively use our online booking facility.

* Delivery charges apply from £1.30 per order