Find this restaurant in this smart country house hotel, which was formerly the home of the Earls of Clarendon. These days, it has its own championship golf course. There are three restaurants, Colette's being the flagship - with views over the formal gardens. The cooking canvas here is broad, and lunchtime options also available. Starters perhaps ranging from 'Roasted Veal Sweetbreads with Artichoke and Truffle Risotto'; 'Brixham Crab & Scottish Langoustine with Avocado, Tomato & Cucumber' Terrine of Baby Leeks with Scottish Langoustines' to 'Cured Duck with Duck Confit Beignet and a Foie Gras Mousse'. Mains maybe 'Pan-fried Dover Sole, with Cockles and Clams'; Lincolnshire Pork Tenderloin with Belly & Ravioli, Parsley Root, Button Onions, Gherkins & Parsley Jus' or 'Roast Best End and braised Shoulder of Lamb with Fennel and Aubergine purées'. Desserts are of a high standard - such as 'Passion Fruit Soufflé' and 'Banana Tarte Tatin with Hot Chocolate Fondant and Lemon-Curd Ice Cream' - as are the cheese offerings. Service is friendly and professional. No jeans or trainers allowed.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Dinner: D Tues-Sat 18.30-21.30, Set D £35 (3 courses); various Tasting Menu's from £65 (3 courses) to £85 (8 courses)
- Seats: 40
- Wine: A large and impressive wine list, has little under £30, but 10 by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes
- Wheelchair access: Yes (including lavatory)
- Nearest station: Watford Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page. Leave the M25 at junction 19, and follow signs to Watford. At the 1st large roundabout take the 3rd exit. The entrance to the hotel is about 1km on the right.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: All Sun & Mon; most Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available