SquareMeal Review of
A dining room atmospheric with dark wooden panelling in a grand old house mentioned in the Domesday Book and surrounded by beautiful grounds, this is a chance to eat in an exceptional country manor setting. The cooking, from head chef Matthew Peryer, is thankfully rather more modern, and though he makes plentiful use of the manor’s kitchen garden, he also indulges in a global palate of flavours to enhance the local produce. Start with lemongrass-cured salmon with Devon crab and pickled ginger, move on to local lamb served with classic dauphinois potatoes and finish with quintessentially English strawberries and cream, with elderflower champagne. Those really wanting to put the kitchen through its paces should book the tasting menu in the Purple Carrot, a pseudo chef’s table where interacting with the kitchen staff and seeing how it’s done on flatscreen TV is all part of the fun.