Set by the side of the A21 and A232 junctions this former pub is a major contender (deservedly), for one the areas best restaurants - and their chain is expanding. The interior is smart, with an airy, expansive feel, and the food offered by Andrew McLeish doesn't disappoint.
Starters, such as 'Lobster Ravioli with Lobster Sauce'; 'Salad of Wood Pigeon, Apple, Walnuts, Green Beans, Foie Gras & Parma Ham' or 'Smoked Goose with a Walnut and Raspberry Salad' set the tone.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Slow-Roast Pork Belly with Foie Gras and caramelised Apple Purée'; 'Poached Organic Salmon, Confit of Tomatoes, Chorizo, Ratte Potatoes & Lime-Scented Jus' or 'Poached and Roasted Saddle of Rabbit with a Gewurztraminer Sauce'. The cooking is ambitious, but in the main works.
Desserts are equally interesting - with maybe 'Chocolate Marquise with Kirsch-marinated Cherries'; 'Banoffi Pie' and 'Strawberry Margarita with Crushed Meringue' on offer.
Professional and friendly service.
A less ambitious brasserie menu is also offered at lunchtime, between Mon & Sat.
- Food Style: Modern European
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-14.30 (Sun 12.00-14.45); Set L £18.95 (3 courses); Sun L £20.50; mains £10 to £17 - some lighter dishes all afternoon.
- Dinner: all week, 6.00-22.30 (23.00 Fri & Sat) Set D £32.00; mains £10 to £17
- Seats: 110, plus 20 outside
- Wine: An interesting wine list kicks off around £17, and offers around 30 offerings around the £20 mark, and about a dozen by the glass.
- Children's portions: Yes
- Wheelchair access: Yes (but not lavatory)
- Nearest station: Orpington Rail
- Directions: Find this restaurant, conspicuously exposed on the A21, 5kms south of Bromley. See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: First few days of January
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating