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|Address:||Upper Slaughter, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire GL54 2JD|
|Price: £60.00||Wine: £19.50||Champagne: £45.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12-2pm, 7-9.30pm|
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
This place deserves a warm write-up after the warm welcome from staff at this beautiful Cotswold house which was just the right side of grand and comfortably furnished.
Intricately designed dishes, including canapé indicated undoubted skill and effort, but sometimes at the cost of flavour, e.g. Elaborate but pleasant langoustine amuse bouche, a rather complicated starter of sea bream and crab steamed in courgette flower served with aubergine gateaux, olive croquant and a bouillabaisse sauce – nice but not a smash hit – partner felt likewise about his quail. However, as the meal progressed, the food just got better as fine quality ingredients shone through such as longhorn beef with snails and a plate of seabass with fennel and deeply rich tomato fondue. Finally we opted for cheese from one of the most refreshing selections I have come across; all British with a list detailing the character of the 20 or so including a few from the locality. To accompany cheese we were encouraged to take chutney and a truffle scented honey (also local) reluctantly tried but instantly approved and we were offered thin home-made rustic style biscuits or bread…. biscuits were scrumptious. To finish, instead of ubiquitous petit four, a kind of sideways toast rack arrived with miniscule slots into which they had managed to fit four different types of tuile, and I think a perfectly crisp way to round off a meal with good coffee. Not cheap at £100/head including wine, but I think I’d go back just for the cheese and biscuits.