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|Address:||Easton Grey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 0RB|
|Price: £73.00||Wine: £22.00||Champagne: £50.00|
|Opening Hours:||Wed-Sun 7-10pm|
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We tried for a table in The Dining Room as visits 12+ mths ago to Le Mazot brasserie hadn’t met expectations. Assured that the same kitchen served both, we booked a brasserie lunch again, since 2M* Dining Room is closed at lunchtimes.
We took the cross country approach and came in near the river and this time saw the south side of this idyllic Cotswold Manor house. Being shown to the terrace for drinks, it was obvious why this would be an ideal venue for Weddings. Immaculate gardens are matched by a carefully maintained, tasteful interior, but as you walk from the skilful marriage of old and contemporary to Le Mazot decked in heavy pine and bright florals flanked by more pine, you wonder why Swiss chalet meets Cotswold? Who knows? Oddly we move continents to find African influence in the form of small ornaments on windowsills. Eclectic, eccentric, even aberration sprang to mind. Le Mazot looks and feels incongruous uncomfortably sitting in a loving restored English Country House and we felt a slight unease perched centrally in a fully populated room amidst curious décor….best to be in a group as we had been before.
About 4 choices per course on Sunday lunch menu. £21/head/2 courses (no wine) was excellent value for what turned out to be top notch nosh. I savoured a roundly balanced starter of delicate goat’s cheese soufflé with de-constructed Waldorf salad (minus mayo). In contrast my partner’s gutsy hunks of ham hock, ideally married with fine stranded pickle, like a mildly acidic sauerkraut: equally good. My mushroom tagliatelle had a luscious coat of creamy yet light truffle scented sauce with a side of proper melba toast and pot of parmesan & pine nut puree – pine nuts dominated and partnered my main v.v.well. Pork roast was pretty high calibre too and near flawless. Chef has certainly shifted cuisine into a classier division.
Service : By no means slick, waiting 20 mins for the wrong drinks to arrive didn’t bode well, though staff were obliging. Matters improved as meal was served efficiently but paced leisurely, just what you want on a busy bank holiday weekend.
We’d return, probably for evening meal in DR and stay.