A beautifully-set country house hotel, set in landscaped gardens, with an excellent restaurant. The plush dining room, with chandeliers and the air of a chateau, has views of the garden and surrounding parkland.
There are two menus, an à la carte and a table d'hôte - the former more expensive; but regulars say the price difference is worthwhile.
Expect the likes of 'Rabbit Compression with Sweet & Sour Carrots & Liver Toast'; 'Scallops with Cauliflower, Squid & Apple' and 'Crispy Veal Shoulder with Sweetbreads, Cepe, Onion & Orange' to be among the starters on offer.
'Char-grilled Rump Steak with Parsnip, Beer-Braised Chicory & Red Wine Jus'; 'Gressingham Duck with Quince, Purple-Sprouting Broccoli & Pressed Potato' and 'Line-caught Sea Bass with Salt-Baked Celeriac, Water Celery & Oxtail Cannelloni' among the mains.
Desserts are impressive - perhaps including 'Rhubarb and Vanilla Soufflé with Ginger Bread Ice Cream'; 'Baked Lemon Créme with Fromage Blanc & Honeycomb' and 'Bitter Chocolate Tart with Passion Fruit Sorbet'.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: Sun to Fri, 12.30-13.30; set L Mon-Fri £22.50 (2 courses), £29.50 (3 courses); set Sun L £27.50
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-21.30; set D £44.50 (2 courses), £59.50 (3 courses); Tasting Menu £70
- Seats: 75 (but no parties of more than 10)
- Wine: a mainly French wine list kicks off at around the £18 mark, and around half a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Hartlebury Rail
- Directions: on the A448, just outside the village, between Kidderminster and Bromsgrove. See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: the first 2 weeks of Jan
- Rooms available