Set in a Lutyens-designed country house, this splendid hotel/restaurant/brasserie is set in 10 acres of beautiful gardens. Eat in the oak-panelled dining room or, in fine weather, on the terrace. Despite its obvious luxury, there's still a relaxed feel.
The cooking fits the same mould, with carefully-sourced ingredients not being too over-worked.
Chef Simon Haigh offers the likes of 'Croustade of Mushrooms with Pigeon Breast and pan-fried Foie Gras'; 'Roast Scallops with Black Pudding, Potato and Apple' and 'Nage of Seafood with Black Pasta, Cucumber and Oysters' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Fillet of Brill with dressed Crab and a Saffron Sauce'; 'Roast Loin of Venison with Wild Garlic and Red Wine Jus' or 'Fillet of Beef with braised Oxtail' among the mains.
Desserts are a strong point, and beautifully presented - perhaps 'Hot Raspberry Soufflé with Butter Biscuits and Plum Chutney' or 'Lemon Tart with Honey Ice Cream'. While they have an impressive selection of cheese.
There's also a cheaper brasserie (also with outdoor eating) for those wishing something less formal.
No jeans or sports wear and no mobile phones.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Sun to Fri 12.00-14.00; set L £27.50 (2 courses), £32.50 (3 courses); set L Sun £39.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week, 18.30-21.30; set D from £45 (2 courses) to £59.50
- Seats: 60, plus 30 outside
- Wine: an excellent wine list covers both the Old and New Worlds. Prices start at around the £20 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible, but no children under 9
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Leamington Spa Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - or leave the M40 at junction 13 northbound. Turn left, then left again towards Bishops Tachbrook. Continue for 1km, then turn right into Harbury Lane
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: L Sat, check Christmas opening
- Outside eating
- Rooms available