Find this excellent hotel/restaurant, set in over 60 acres of in a country house, high above the Thames. The style is mock-Elizabethan, and this is continued inside the building; where the interior designer Anouska Hempel has been careful to keep things understated.
From the culinary viewpoint there are two restaurants. 'The Orangery', which they describe as a brasserie, but which in fact is an extremely-comfortable dining room with a slightly-less elaborate menu than the 'Oak Room' - which is our feature here.
The Oak Room is a formal dining room, with oak panels from floor to ceiling, top-quality table ware and crisp white napery.
The kitchen offers a seasonal menu, and the food offered is of a high standard. You might begin with 'Black Pudding with Devilled Sauce & Poached Egg'; 'Smoked Trout with Horseradish Cream, Beetroot & Rocket; 'Buffalo Mozzarella with Mediterranean Vegetables & Lentils'.
Maybe be followed by 'Grilled Sea Bass with Spinach & Sauce Vierge'; 'Spaghetti of Crayfish Tails with Basil & Tomato'; or 'Fillet of Beef with Spinach, Dauphinoise Potatoes & Morel Jus'.
Desserts continue the high standard, with perhaps 'White Chocolate & Orange Mousse with Raspberries'; and 'Passion Fruit Parfait with Pineapple Compot. .
The more savoury-toothed can choose from their selection of Regional Cheeses.
- Food Style: Modern European
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.00; set L £30 (2 courses), £38 (3 courses); plus less ambitious Orangery Menu; set L Sun £33 (2 courses), £38 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 18.30-22.00; set D £50 to £60; - plus The Orangery Brasserie Menu
- Seats: 36, plus 20 outside
- Wine: an excellent list, with plenty of halves & wines by the glass, is based in France and kicks off in the mid £20s
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Marlow Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - 2 miles from Marlow on the A4155
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Rooms available