This splendid Jacobean manor has been home to the Prideaux-Brune family for over 400 years, and they now run it as a hotel/restaurant; with Brian Prideaux-Brune at the stoves.
The dining room has a historically elegance with antique furniture and smart table settings.
The emphasis is on seasonal food, and much of it has been produced locally.
Dishes such as 'Smoked Duck and Chicken Breast on a bed of Salad'; 'Wild Mushroom Millefeuille with Brandy, Basil and Cream' and 'Gravadlax with Smoked Trout' set the style for starters.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Lemon Sole with Grapes and White Wine'; 'Guinea Fowl with Black Cherries and Cinnamon' or 'Aubergine Lasagne' from among the main courses.
As much care goes into the desserts such as 'Lemon Meringue Roulade' and 'Chocolate Truffle Torte' which are beautifully presented.
If you plan ahead, you can stay overnight in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: Sun 12.00-13.30 set L £30
- Dinner: all week 19.30-21.30; set D £30 (2 courses), £38 (3 courses)
- Seats: 60
- Wine: a good list, focused in Europe, has fair mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Gillingham or Sherborne Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: L Mon-Sat, Jan & 1st week Feb.
- Rooms available