This excellent restaurant reopened during 2011 after a serious fire had put its's entire future at risk.
All reports seem to indicate, that if it's possible, standards are even better than before - making this a serious destination restaurant of the highest standard.
Expect an intimate restaurant in what is still essentially a 16th century Grade II listed building - the clever use of lighting giving a romantic feel. The kitchen takes great care sourcing ingredients, and the menu closely follows the seasons; some dishes having many contrasting ingredients.
So perhaps begin with 'Millefeuille of Seared Duck Foie Gras, Pain de Epices, Spiced Fig Chutney and Salad Mache'; 'Hand-Dived Scallop , Jerusalem Artichoke Purée, Granny Smith Apple, Pancetta and Thyme Jus' or 'Salad of Breast of Quail Ravioli of Confit of Quail with Toasted Hazelnut and Parsley with Sage Beurre Noisette'.
With, depending on the season - 'Roast Saddle of Highland Venison, Beetroot Fondant, Creamed Savoy Cabbage, Glazed Turnips and Onions and Orange Venison Jus'; 'Pan-Fried John Dory, Moroccan Salad, Dorset Crab Mousse, Confit Ginger and a Tempura of Okra' or 'Roast Fillet of English Free-Range Veal with Celeriac Rosti, Pappardelle of Courgette, Citrus Dressing and Celeriac Purée' to follow.
Desserts are equally impressive and can read like a shopping list, with perhaps 'Pistachio Meringue with Iced Lemon Sherbet, White Chocolate, Lemoncello Truffle and Basil Foam' and 'Poached Pear, Montazillac Syrup, Chocolate Naripan, Creamed Rice and a Warm Dark Chocolate Sauce'.
They always have a good selection of British and French farmhouse cheeses.
- Food Style: Modern European
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.30, set L £28 (3 courses); Tasting Menu £38 (5 courses); mains about £24 to £26
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.30-23.00 (Fri & Sat 21.45); set D £48 (3 courses); Tasting Menu £68 (7 courses); mains £24 to £26
- Seats: 46, plus 2 outside
- Wine: a well-thought-out list, based on France, kicks off at around the £30 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Nearest station: Amersham Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - in 'old' as opposed to 'new' Amersham
- Parking: Street parking and nearby car park
- Closed: all Sun & Mon, some Bank Holidays
- Outside eating