A top-class restaurant and comfortable hotel set in its own estate, which also supplies many of the food items for the restaurant.
Chef Craig Gibb, has built on years of careful sourcing and heads a skilled team that offers a blend of local produce and French-influenced flavours. The Sutherland Restaurant is the impressive main dining room, and operates during the evening and for Sunday lunch. The Croquet Lawn Brasserie offers slightly less elaborate dishes in a less formal atmosphere at lunchtime.
Expect starters such as 'Scallops with Curried Cod Croquette with Panacotta'; 'White Boudin of Pig's Trotter & Wild Mushroom Fricassée'; 'Salad of Crab with a Salt & Pepper Tuile & Avocado Ice Cream' and 'Pan-seared Foie Gras with Spiced Lentils with Apple & Fig' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Pan-roasted Halibut with Pickled Beetroot, Celeriac Rémoulade & Coriander Jus'; 'Sautéed Lobster with an Etuvé of Vegetables, Saffron & Ginger'; Rack of Lamb with Pistachio Croûte, Aubergine Caviar & Boulangère Potatoes' and 'Duo of Pork (Belly & Fillet) with Caramelised Apple Purée, Pommes Maxim, Anise Jus & Creamed Savoy Cabbage' listed among the main courses.
Desserts are equally tempting, with maybe 'Chocolate Cringletie-style Jaffa Cake'; 'Tiramisu with Mocha Ice Cream' and 'Baked Toasted Rice & Quince Pudding with Rice Pudding Ice Cream' there to tempt you.
No jeans, trainers or mobile phones.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: Sun 12.00-14.00; set L £20. Mid week lunches served in The Croquet Lawn Brasserie.
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-21.00; £43.50 (5 courses) to £55 (7 courses)
- Seats: 35
- Wine: a list that travels the world, kicks off at about £20
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page.
- Parking: Yes
- Rooms available