Find this good restaurant in this smart boutique hotel, which was once the dower house of nearby Haddon Hall and is still under the same ownership.
Chef Simon Dan Smith has worked in several prestigious kitchens, and his food is serious and his standards high local produce being to the fore. You can eat in the main restaurant during the evening, or at lunchtime more informerly, in the bar - which has its own less ambitious menu.
An autumn snapshot of the restaurant menu brought 'Beaufort Cheese & Onion Soup with Apple & Croque Monsieur'; 'Maple-Roasted Veal Sweetbreads with Ceps, Cauliflower & Chervil'; 'Quail Ballotine with Confit Leg, Crispy Egg, Pumpkin & Baby Turnip' and 'Crab Tian, Pickled Carrot, Fennel Salad & Hot Crab Beignet' among the starters.
'Sea Bream, Scallop, Pickled Carrot, Shellfish Cannelloni, Coconut & Thai Spice'; 'Halibut with Salsify, Broccoli, Oyster, Dill Gnocchi & Gewurztraminer Cream'; 'Loin of Venison with Pancetta, Sweet Potato & Blackcurrant Gin Sauce' and 'Fillet of Beef with Braised Beef Fritto, Watercress Mousse, Horseradish, Fondant Potato & Red Wine Reduction' listed among the m
If you still have room, you might find 'Hot Chocolate Fondant with Caramel Ice Cream, Chestnut & Pear'; 'Caramel Parfait, Toffee Apple, Fromage Frais Mousse & Vanilla Ice Cream' and 'Goats' Cheese Cheesecake with Celery Sorbet' there to tempt you.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; mains about £15 to £36; set Light L Menu £22.50 (3 courses); set L Sun £28.50 (2 courses), £35.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.30; mains about £18 to £36
- Seats: 40
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off in the low £20's
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes (but enquire, as it's charged)
- Rooms available