Find this excellent hotel/restaurant set in 4 acres of beautiful gardens - only a short distance away from the city. The atmosphere is country house, with comfortable sofas and winter fires. Its name is misleading, as it was built as a private house during the mid 19thcentury on land once owned by Bath Abbey.
The kitchen offers a menu under the direction of Executive Chef Michael Caines, and relies heavily on seasonal produce, much of it from the garden; and rather florid descriptions are used to describe many of the dishes on offer. However, the end result is of a very high standard.
Expert the likes of 'Home-Cured Salmon, fragranced with Alder Bark Smoke, Creamed Nasturtium'; 'Boudin of Chicken and Wild Garlic Chive, Haricot Blanc Spume' and ' Tapioca infused with Ramsons, Frogs Legs and Coriander Purée' to begin.
Perhaps 'Roasted Bass. Leeks and Chorizo Oil, St Johns Wort Emulsion'; 'Local Lamb, Pile of Grain, Penny Royal Infusion' or 'Pork Fillet, Walnut and Rhubarb Tartine, Kohlrabi Purée, Mead and Pork Juices' to follow.
Desserts are just as flamboyantly described - with perhaps 'Collage of Fruit, some as nature intended, Rhubarb Essence'; 'Cappucino Mousse, Dentille and Dandelion Decoction, Goose Grass' and 'Caramel Soufflé and Green Chartreuse, Kifir Sorbet' on offer.
Farmhouse cheeses are another tempting option.
Service is helpful, enthusiastic and professional. Children of under 8 years of age are allowed in the dining room during the evening, but High Tea can be provided for residents. No jeans or trainers.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-13.45; set L Mon-Sat £22.50 (2 courses) to £27.50 (3 courses); set L Sun £30
- Dinner: all week; 19.00-21.30; Early Bird set D £29 (2 courses), £35 (3 courses); set D from £62 (2 courses), Tasting Menu £90 (7 courses)
- Seats: 64, plus 20 outside
- Wine: an excellent wine list spans the world, but has hefty mark-ups, kicking off at £27
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Bath
- Directions: See the map on this page - or, at the top of Park Lane, on the west side of Victoria Park, turn left into Weston Road, the Hotels 300m on the left
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check about Christmas openings
- Rooms available