A good and elegant restaurant/bistro/hotel set in a Queen Anne house, set on the village green behind an ornamental pond. The comfort levels and winter log fires make this the ideal place for a special occasion.
The restaurant offers an ambitious menu (if there's a worry, it's perhaps over-long) and although we list the style as modern British, French traditions are to be found in some of the saucing.
Expect the likes of 'Wild Garlic Sauce with Croûtons'; 'Deep-Fried Oysters with Marinated Fennel or Natural Oysters on Crushed Ice' ' and 'Pressed Ham Hock Terrine with Piccalilli' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Chargrilled Salmon with Crushed Peas and Chive Beurre Blanc'; 'Pan-Fried Pigeon Breast with Braised Cabbage & Black Sausage and Boudin Blanc' and 'Veal Cutlet with Summer Vegetables and White Wine' among the mains.
Seasonal game figures prominently, and is expertly-handled.
Finish with Vanilla Pannacotta with Rhubarb Sorbet'; 'Sticky Toffee Pudding'; 'Lemon Tart with Lemon Ice Cream' or 'Passion Fruit Soufflé and Sorbet with Shortbread'.
Similar, and slightly-less-ambitious dishes are offered in the less formal bistro.
No mobile phones.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; Restaurant set L £25.95 (3 courses); mains about £17 to £25; Bistro set L £17.50 (2 courses), £22.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.30; set D £33.50 (3 courses); mains about £17 to £25; a less ambitious menu is offered in their Bistro between 19.00-21.30 £17.50 (2 courses), £22.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 60, plus 30 outside
- Wine: a good list, based on France, kicks off in the low £20's
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Ashchurch Rail
- Directions: 5 miles/8km south west of Tewkesbury on the B4211. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available