SquareMeal Review of
It’s a “far cry from the area’s tourist traps”, but this secluded spot promises “the most romantic meal you'll ever have” – no wonder it’s a favourite for proposals and anniversaries. Key to Clos Maggiore’s appeal is an enchanting conservatory, where twinkly fairy lights, apple blossom and an open fire create a magical backdrop – though reservations aren't guaranteed here. Still, wherever you sit, you can take advantage of an award-winning wine list and polished menu of beautifully styled French dishes, cooked with consummate skill. The favourites here, such as delicate crab, prawn and scallop tortellini in a light Champagne velouté, or the signature braised rabbit shoulder pointed up by sweet-and-sour black radish and a punchy mustard mousseline, “never disappoint”, while mains include melting Ibérico pork loin paired with a moreish bone marrow and almond croquette. A dedicated vegetarian menu shows the same flair, and readers also swoon over the pungently ripe cheeses, delightful desserts and cracking Cognac list. On the downside, hurried service and table-turning irritate those wishing to linger.
Wine List Of The Year Winner
Clos Maggiore is well known for having an immense range of wines on offer. At almost 100 pages and (at a rough guess) around 2,500 bins, it boasts an impressive selection. And yet, for all the extraordinary range of wines on offer (including jaw-dropping verticals of some of the wine world’s biggest names), the most impressive aspect of this list is the effort that has gone into making it accessible.