This smart restaurant, skilfully modernised from a pretty 18th shell, offers a carefully-prepared modern menu that follows the seasons.
An autumn menu snapshot listed 'Calves Liver Paté with Braised Oxtail Faggots, Elderberry & Red Onion Marmalade with Grilled Onion Brioche'; 'Crisp Tart of Soft-Boiled Quails Eggs with Cep Duxelle & Tomato Hollandaise'; 'Glazed Belly of Blythburgh Pork with Crab Apple, Hogs Pudding & Sea Beet' and 'Pan-Fried Diver-Caught Scallops with Grilled Baby Squid, Fingerling Potatoes, Chorizo & Pesto' amongst the starters.
'Brixham Red Mullet with Baby Pak Choi, Crab & Beetroot Cappelletti and Crab & Anise Bisque'; 'Tasting of Autumnal Vegetables - Violet Artichokes, Chard, Broccoli & Wild Mushrooms - with Farfalle Pasta'; 'Roasted Fillet of Casterbridge Beef & Braised Ox Cheeks with Bacon Lardons, Baby Onions, Chanterelles & Fondant Potatoes' and 'Noisette of Wild Venison with Artichokes, Black Radish, Mashed Potatoes with Cocoa Nibs and Port & Juniper Sauce' included in the 8 ,or so, mains.
Puds aren't to be missed, with perhaps 'Pistachio Crème Brulée, Sesame Croustillant & Mandarin Sorbet' and 'Rich Chocolate & Banana Mousse with Chocolate Stout Ice Cream & Caramelised Bananas' there to tempt you.
The restaurant has a strong following in this afluent area - so booking if advised if you intend to visit, but make sure you avoid the far end of the dining room, near the emergency exit.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.30 set L £17 (2 courses), £22 (3 courses); Sun 12.00-16.30 set L £23.50 (2 courses), £29 (3 courses); mains about £18 to £35
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.30-21.45; mains about £18 to £35
- Seats: 90
- Wine: a well-chosen list, offering some prestigious bottles, kicks off in the low £20's
- Children's portions: Children's menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Sunningdale Rail
- Directions: See the map on page
- Parking: Yes