This excellent 'destination' restaurant at one end of the market square, in this pretty town offers some of the best food in the region, and is certainly worth a special trip. Their Wednesday-Saturday set lunches offer remarkable value, for the quality of offer! There has been a complete change of focus here - the operation being divided between a Tasting Room & less ambitious Simply Allium - we will update this page as soon as we re-visit, what is written below refers to the 'old' set up!
Chef/proprietor James Graham offers a modern menu, with interesting combinations - which shouldn't be confused with complications - for here clear flavours are uncluttered and shine through.
Expect the likes of 'Foie Gras Terrine with Sauterne Jelly'; 'Confit Breast of Wood Pigeon with Braised Lentils and West-Country-Cider-Butter-Sauce' and 'Bath Chap, Sauce Gribiche and Toasted Sourdough' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Braised Shin of Beef, with Root Vegetable Mash'; 'Pan-Fried Fillet of Pollock with Bulgar Wheat and Sea Beet' and ''Breast of Guinea Fowl with Dauphinoise Potatoes, Boudin Blanc and Wild Mushrooms' among the mains.
All can be rounded off with 'Strawberry Soufflé with White Chocolate Ice Cream'; 'Chocolate Delice with Praline Bavarois and Praline Ice Cream' or their excellent British and Irish cheeses.
No mobile phones.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Weds-Sun 12.00-14.00; set L from £10.00 (2 courses), £13.50 (3 courses); set L Sun £23.50
- Dinner: Weds-Sat 19.00-21.00; set D Weds-Fri from £18.50 (2 courses), £22.50 (3 courses); to £50; set D Fri & Sat £32.50 (2 courses) to £38.50
- Seats: 34
- Wine: a good list is based in France, but has plenty of other choices; and good interest under the £20 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Swindon
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun, all Mon & Tues