Beautifully situated on a grass mound, and with its own medieval-style garden. This Victorian County House Hotel, set behind an ornamental lake, has its origins in the 16th century; but its beginnings have been swallowed-up by elegant 19th century additions.
It's run by the Quinion and Stevenson families, and Barry Quinion is in charge of the stoves. His food offers 3 choices at each stage, and these change on a daily basis - and there is only one sitting.
Starters always include a soup, perhaps the likes of 'Watercress and Pear' or 'Warm Herb Croûte'. Other offerings might include 'Terrine of Pheasant with Herbs and Pistachios and Plum Chutney'. The starter is followed by a sorbet.
Mains might include the likes of 'Medallion of Beef Fillet' (with varying sauces); 'Sautéed King Scallops in Saffron Oil' or 'Slow-cooked Spiced Pork with Caramelised Apples'.
Desserts such as 'Honey, Lemon and Pistachio Mousse' or 'Chocolate Brandy Pot' and excellent English cheeses complete the picture.
A Vegetarian menu is available by prior arrangement.
The friendly service is carried out by ladies in long skirts. Smart dress preferred, certainly no jeans. No mobile phones.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Closed - light lunches served to residents
- Dinner: all week 20.00-20.30; set D from £47 (4 courses)
- Seats: 40
- Wine: a well-thought-out wine list, kicks off around the low £20's, and half a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: No, and no children under 5
- Wheelchair access: Yes (including men's lavatory)
- Nearest station: Brampton Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: L all week; 25th-30th Dec
- Rooms available