Find this restaurant in this comfortable 19th century country house hotel, set in pretty gardens, mid-way between Andover and Newbury.
The kitchen has built up a good local network of suppliers over the years, while some of the vegetables and herbs are grown on the premises, and offers an ambitious dinner menu, and the kitchens creations are beautifully arranged, sometimes looking too good to eat.
While the menu changes with the seasons, starters such as 'Foie Gras Terrine with Toasted Brioche'; 'Wood Pigeon with Beetroot Pannacotta and Walnut Tuile' and 'Seared Scallops with Pea Purée and Pancetta' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Pan-fried Fillet of Monkfish with Parmentier Potatoes and a Truffle Sauce'; 'Roast Rump of Lamb with Ratatouille, Fondant Potatoes and a Thyme Jus' and 'Saddle of Venison with Creamed Cabbage, Saffron New Potatoes and Port Sauce'. There are also Steaks etc from the Grill.
Desserts maintain the high standard, with maybe 'Dark Chocolate Fondant, Pistachio Ice Cream'; 'Baked Apple with Pear Bavarois and Cinnamon Ice Cream' and 'Baby Pineapple Tart Tatin with Pineapple Sorbet' among the offerings. Those with a more savoury tooth will be tempted by their selection of farmhouse cheeses.
Lunch dishes are less ambitious; but offer excellent value.
Friendly, professional service.
- Food Style: Modern European
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-14.00; set L £15 (2 courses), £19 (3 courses); Sun L Buffet £23
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-21.30; set D £25 (2 courses) to £30 (3 courses); mains about £13 to £28; Tasting Menu £55 (whole table only)
- Seats: 35
- Wine: an impressive list has around 150 bins, and has choice below the £20 mark
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Andover
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Parking: Yes, adequate
- Rooms available