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|Address:||Lucknam Park, Colerne, Wiltshire SN14 8AZ|
|Price: £47.00||Wine: £17.50||Champagne: £43.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sat 6.30pm-10pm, Sun 12.30-2.30pm|
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It is disappointing to write a lukewarm review after making a special trip to visit Lucknam Park. The hotel and grounds were quite stunning and if the bedrooms and spa are to the same standard of the rooms we saw, this is most certainly a hotel worth staying in.
Sadly, clothes do not make the man and the sense that something less than spectacular was about to be experienced came with the ‘amuse bouche’ of Parmesan crisps, nuts and tepid cheese balls. Hardly imaginative for a Michelin starred restaurant. We arrived slightly early so we enjoyed a couple of drinks and our order was taken in the Library Bar. The options were 3 courses £70 , 4 courses £80 and menu gourmand at £90. The menu gourmand didn’t really offer anything more exciting than the a la carte, so we agreed to all take 3 courses but with two starters and design our own. The recommendation offered as a main course was the ‘Suckling Pig’, apparently “Hywel’s signature dish” – so I went for it.
Starter courses came and went without generating much comment from our table, the much lauded signature dish arrived and it was a slice of overcooked foie gras atop a rolled pork belly cooked served in a rich jus and small side of potato flavoured butter. There wasn't even any crackling to offer contrasting texture. I was bored of this dish within a few minutes and abandoned it. General consensus around the table was that ultimately the meal had been a bit of a let-down. Shame.
The staff were very friendly and the service was good although I was surprised that the uneaten main course went completely unnoticed and probably just got scraped in the bin. Let's hope the inspectors weren't present…