You are welcomed here with a 'Fire and Water' entrance sculpture (which is particularly impressive at night, with its flaming torches set in a large pond. Indeed, art and sculpture figure prominently. The dining room is comfortable, light, stylish and on a split-level.
The cooking here is serious, from a kitchen with two Michelin stars - with maybe 'Diver Scallop with Pea purée and smoked Bacon jus' or a 'Risotto of Peas, Lambs'; 'Organic Salmon with a Ballottine of Foie Gras and Spiced Lentils'; Sweetbreads and Assam Tea foam' included in the starters.
Perhaps 'Roast Lamb with wild Mushrooms'(perhaps again with pea & mint risotto); 'Slow-cooked Venison with Parsnip Purée, Choucroute, Spinach and Pickled Pear'; 'Turbot, Pork Belly, Langoustines & Lemongrass' and 'John Dory with smoked confit of Belly Pork, Garlic soubise and a Sherry sauce' among the mains.
Desserts are equally impressive - with 'Blackberry financier with Yoghurt sherbet'; 'Passion Fruit and Banana, Rum & Raisin Pannacotta' or perhaps 'Peaches with caramel' - setting the style.
The wine list has a special section on the offerings of California.
Service is warm and friendly. No mobile phones.
Please mention Gourmet Britain when booking, and if you have time, tell us your experiences on the 'Ratings' section of their listing.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-14.00; set L £23 (2 courses) to £29 (3 course), £39 (4 courses); L Tasting Menu £89 (7 courses - complete table only); mains £22 to £28; set L Sun £39 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week, 7.00-21.30; mains £22 to £28; Set D from £65 (4 courses); £75 (5 courses); Tasting Menu £89 (7 courses), £99 (8 courses - including cheese)
- Seats: 90, plus about 20 outside
- Wine: A truly enormous wine list, of over 2,000 bins, with plenty of options by the glass, kicks off in the mid £20's, but you have to search hard to find many options under the £30 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, plus special menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes, also lavatory
- Nearest station: Newbury Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - or leave the M4 at junction 13, join the Newbury by-pass southbound, then take the 3rd exit signed Hungerford & Bath. Take the 2nd exit at the first & second roundabouts you reach - the second signed Stockcross. The hotel/restaurant is about half a mile on the right.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 25th Dec; plus others but phone if in doubt
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available