An excellent restaurant, set in the magnificent parkland of Brocket Hall - in what was originally an 18th century hunting lodge. The comfortable dining room includes an airy conservatory, which has splendid views over the lawns and lake.
Chef Phil Thompson heads a skilful kitchen team, and offers seasonal menus in a modern French style - with many traditional dishes being given new twists.
A summer menu brought 'Seared Loin of Yellow Fin Tuna, Pomelo Grapefruit & Coriander Salad, Siam Vinaigrette'; 'Risotto of Creamed Garlic, Madeira-braised Snails & Parsley Foam' and 'Pressed Foie Gras, Pineapple & Smoked Duck Terrine, Spiced Pineapple Chutney and Sweet Tomato Jelly' among the starters.
'Slow-roast Sirloin of Beef, Salt Beef Croustillant, Smoked Onion & Madeira'; 'Stuffed Saddle of Rabbit wrapped in Serrano Ham, Braised Leg, Carrot Purée & Anise Jus' and 'Grilled Fillet of Cornish Red Mullet, Sweet Corn, Pea & White Crab Salsa, Lemon Grass Velouté' listed among the mains.
Impressive desserts included 'Blueberry Almond Tart, Blueberry Jelly & Madeira Ice Cream' and 'Baked Vanilla Cheesecake, Cherry Compote & Black Cherry Sorbet.
No mobile phones, and no jeans, trainers or t-shirts.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.30, set L Mon-Fri £32.50 (3 courses incl. wine), set L Sat £35; set L Sun £37.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.30-22.00, set D £55 (3 courses), Tasting Menu £65 (6 courses)
- Seats: 60, plus 40 outside
- Wine: the impressive list would make bedtime reading, kicking off at £24, it includes some impressive bottles
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun; all Mon, check Christmas opening
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available