Although a country house hotel, great effort is made here to run the business as a neighbourhood restaurant.
In summer, the long airy dining room overlooks a hay meadow, on the edge of a large estate - under the same ownership.
The kitchen offer a straightforward menu which follows the seasons offering the likes of 'Leek and Watercress Soup'; 'Chicken Liver Parfait with Spiced Apricot Chutney'; 'Ragout of Scallops, King Prawns and Brill with Rouille and Crouton' and 'Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon with Dill and Mustard Sauce' among the starters.
While mains might include the likes of 'Grilled Sea Bass on Spinach Leaves with Bearnaise Sauce'; 'Roast Rack of Lamb with Rosemary, Garlic and Red Wine with Potato Rosti' and 'Swiss Chard, Borlotti Bean, Fontina Cheese and Pine Nut Risotto Torte'. Game features, when in season.
Perhaps finish with cheese in peak condition, 'Dark Chocolate Tart with Hazelnut Praline'; 'Lemon Meringue Ice Cream in a Brandy Snap Basket with Mango Purée' or 'Warm Poached Pears in Red Wine with Brown Bread Ice Cream'. Fresh quinces, from the estate, might appear - when in season.
Your visit will be complete if you stay overnight in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Sun 12.30-13.30; set L £25 (children £12.50)
- Dinner: all week, 9.00-21.30; mains from about £14 to £24
- Seats: 40
- Wine: a well-thought-out wine list offers excellent value
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Salisbury Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 25th , 26th & 31st Dec; all Feb
- Rooms available