We are very pleased to be open again and look forward to welcoming you.
We used lockdown with optimism; it gave us the time to:
- review the ingredients, dishes, menus and wines that have been most popular with our customers, before and since we won our Michelin Star
- to keep in touch with our favourite suppliers, including the English Vineyards that for some time now provide such an interesting choice of outstanding wines
- to plan our Summer menus and wines around these
- to review our cellar; we have as usual very much at the forefront of our minds wines that bring out the best of our dishes and dishes that bring out the qualities of the wines, as well as ensuring we have interesting wines, apéritifs, digestifs, cocktails perfect for a welcome sense of celebration, indulgence and conviviality.
All can now be enjoyed on Wednesday evenings too for dinner, in response to much prompting from customers. Wednesday dinner service is now open for bookings, along with the other days. Click here to book a table.
Barny and Kenneth take the same care in choosing the highest quality produce they can find, whether in cooking, or for drinks, adding immeasurably to depth, subtlety and layering of aromas and flavours.
They both use ingredients from our garden, from our chosen farms and other suppliers, or from the local wild lands, both fresh and preserved in our kitchen, in the same way to add distinctive flavours and aromas. We use many traditional yet now unusual herbs, into our drinks and love using the simple ones too. Foraged elderberry is cooked to a syrup and served as a Kir Royale. Elderflowers are reduced and served with fresh lime and soda. Raspberries are made into a Collins with Snow Queen vodka and fresh lime juice.
This also helps us make our soft drinks that much more interesting, added to our selection based on production values and purity. It is possible to drink well and
distinctively here with soft drinks.
Our wine list has over 200 bins, with wines from all corners of the globe, some especially chosen to represent excellent quality and value for money at modest price, others carefully compiled as the very best examples of “the bottle for that special occasion”. Many are produced on organic or biodynamic principles, though the producers are only beginning to talk about this as yet. Our favourite winemakers share our love of quality, character and natural methods of husbandry and production, working with their particular land, soils and weather conditions – and are prepared to go that extra mile to achieve it.
With the dramatic improvements in the quality of English wines we have selected the best of our nation’s wines, changing according to the differing qualities of the years, including the Kenton, Nyetimber, Ridgeview, Hush Heath and Shawsgate vineyards.
Notably, many of the wines have been selected and are regularly changed by the bar and kitchen team especially to match the dishes as pairing is a high priority and great interest and we create our list of wines by the glass around this objective to make a meal here that little bit more special and affordable an experience.
Several high profile reviewers have commented that our list is “priced very kindly”, Andy Hayler, and is “an ungreedy wine list”, Marina O’Loughlin. This pleases us as we want to enable as best we can the enjoyment of wines with food.
The feeling of inspiration when tasting a wine, then a dish, then tasting them together to find that the combination is far more than the sum of the parts is something we value very highly, and can be experienced with our tasting menu, or by individual recommendations from our team.
The joy of pairing wine and food is also demonstrated at our wine dinners, where individual producers from around the world showcase and introduce their wines alongside dishes especially crafted by us for them. The process of tasting the wines with Kenneth and helping to create a balanced and inventive menu is always an enjoyable experience!
We have beer pairings with our tasting menu, drawing on our specialist beers. Just as we have nothing on our wine list simply for name, each item is there because of individual character, or to compliment food.
It is the same with our spirits, where all styles are represented, from Scottish single malts to Japanese malt whisky and sake and with an outstanding selection of unusual and delightful vodkas and gins, each with its own distinctive character.