A tree-lined drive leads to this excellent restaurant/country house hotel perched on a promontory above Rutland Water. The dining room is light and airy with crisp white napery, and luxury abounds with the kitchen, under the experienced leadership of Aaron Patterson, cooking to the highest standards.
Depending on the season, expect to find the likes of 'Veal Sweetbread, with fresh Ravioli'; 'Lightly-curried Crab and Mango Salad in a Crispy Potato'; 'Black Truffle Risotto' or 'Roast Scallops with a Shallot Purée and smoked Bacon' among the starters.
'Fillet of Sea Bass with tempura-fried Langoustine'; 'Fillet of Hambleton Longhorn Beef with Slow-Roast Onion & Petit Chou Farci'; 'Roast French Partridge with a Sauterne and Grapefruit Jus' or 'Roast Suckling Pig with a Prune and Armagnac Sauce' among the mains.
Dessert might include the likes of 'Passion Fruit Soufflé with Passion Fruit & Banana Sorbet'; 'Pear Tart Tatin'; 'Pavé of White and Dark Chocolate' or 'Caramelised Apple Tart' are typical offerings.
Service is both professional and friendly. An excellent snack menu is also available.
Smart dress necessary and mobile phones not allowed.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-13.30; Set L Mon-Fri £25.50 (2 courses), £31.50 (3 courses); Sun L £55 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-21.30; Set D £65 (3 courses); Tasting Menu £75
- Seats: 60, plus 20 outside
- Wine: An enormous, and well-thought-out list, kicks off in the low £20's, and 8 by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes (but not lavatory), unless staying - as they have bedrooms designed for wheelchairs
- Nearest station: Oakham Rail
- Directions: Find this restaurant/hotel 8 miles west of the A1 Stamford junction (A606). See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available