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Despite its bucolic name, The Harrow isn’t some timeless local pub, but a full-blown country restaurant in a secluded village on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Serious ambition is confirmed by an array of stars and testimonials from Michelin to Robert Parker, and the interior affirms its classy credentials with muted modern shades, high-backed leather chairs and crisp white linen in the unstuffy dining areas. Chef-patron Roger Jones’s accomplished modern cooking is driven by high-quality seasonal ingredients, with day-boat catches from British waters showing up strongly. Starters are occasionally jazzed up with oriental flavours and ingredients (tempura Pembroke lobster with Asian spices, say), and there are useful by-the-glass suggestions for each course: a Kelmscott ‘pork platter’ with Ben Glaetzer Amon Ra 2009 or a dessert of lemon, yuzu and passion fruit alongside, say, Echeverria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2012. The full wine list is an oenophile’s delight, with bottles from serious growers around the globe at very fair prices.

Wine List Of The Year Finalist

Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones is a big champion of New World wine, particularly Australia and New Zealand – and his list is a prolonged love letter to the efforts of winemakers Down Under. There are 13 pages of whites (including a mouth-watering selection of Clare Valley Rieslings), and 11 pages of reds (including 12 vintages of Moss Wood Cab and seven vintages of Grange). But this isn’t so much about sheer volume as great names – often with a fair bit of age, and great prices.

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The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

Little Bedwyn ,near Marlborough SN8 3JP

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by   platinum reviewer (122)

Dec 2011

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I like Modern British Cooking especially when delivered with a flair and elegance which out-classes the snobbishly French fashion of over-stylised cuisine that perhaps a few too many Brits have adopted in the past. Even better when it is served within the walls of an under-stated country establishment, where you can relax in the company of good friends. We ate carefully spiced and precisely balanced ingredients which had been confidently put together to correlate agreeably. Beetroot amuse bouche...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

Little Bedwyn ,near Marlborough SN8 3JP

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by   gold reviewer (32)

Oct 2009

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You can tell there’s enormous passion in this restaurant through the constantly changing roster of special menus, the lovingly put-together wine list and the way the staff, particularly Sue (wife of chef Roger Jones), explain every aspect of the menu – from starters to cheese. Well-crafted menus are a celebration of flavour and good (not fanciful) technique. Understated, but in every respect a foodie's haven.

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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Essential Details for The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Area: Wiltshire
  • Price: £68
  • Wine: £25
  • Champagne: £68
  • Lunch: £30 (5 courses)
  • Dinner: £50/75 (6/8 Courses)
  • Private Dining: 35

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