Old Swan and Minster Mill

Minster Lovell, Witney , Carterton, OX29 0RN

  • Old Swan Minster Hill
  • Old Swan Minster Hill
  • Old Swan Minster Hill

SquareMeal Review of Old Swan and Minster Mill

Well-known hoteliers Peter & Lana de Savary recently refurbished this Cotswold hotel – a two-pronged retreat including a quaint 15th-century inn complete with flagstone floors, log fires, dark panelling & oak beams. Chef Darren Salmon’s menu echoes the British theme, with the emphasis on seasonality (herbs & veg are grown on-site). Simplicity without muddled flavours is the key, & the kitchen impresses with moreish potted shrimps, succulent dressed Devon crab & plump, velvety Lyme Bay Scallops with cauliflower purée. On the meat front, beef Wellington is a cracking signature dish & there are votes for the deliciously caramelised, slow-roasted pork belly. To finish, banana & maple syrup cake hints at school dinners, but is nevertheless top of the class. The lengthy wine list is lucidly explained & includes some spot-on stuff, while sweet, obliging staff are on hand to serve with a smile.

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10.0

Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Ian M. 14 July 2013

I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. We went there on a beautiful day, and the house itself was cool and very well laid out with fine old rooms. We had the crab to begin with, very tasty and with, surprisingly, a very good salad. I had the rack of lamb, which was perfectly done with a kind of crispy mash and my friend had a superb fish and chips, the chips being as they should be, soft on the inside , very crisp on the outside. The cheese selection was excellent as well, a choice of different sometimes local cheeses. The service was friendly and prompt. I will be going there again.

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