If you’re looking to be treated like royalty, then Camellia is a good place to start. Chairs are pulled out for you as you take a seat, wine is poured before you even realise your glass is empty, and the service is charming with a ‘nothing’s too much’ attitude.
The restaurant itself comes with a lot of soul and a hearty menu to match, with dark wooden interiors, intimate tables for two, and a dimly lit lamp on each of them. It’s easy to get caught up in the romance of it all, particularly while gazing out over the impressive grounds.
The food here is classic French, rich, and exactly the sort of thing we want to tuck into in such a setting. The meal kicks off with warm coffee and rye bread, which is so fresh it’s still steaming as we pull it apart. Starters follow with a sizeable quenelle of chicken liver parfait, crispy chicken skin, sour cherry and orange slices, but the real gem is the chicken fat brioche served alongside. Both crisp and soft, with a slight char, it's the perfect accompaniment to the ultra smooth parfait, and we’ll no longer be accepting brioche in any other format.
Mains are another masterclass in flavour, with various rich elements on the plate like slow-cooked beef cheek, bacon jam and a bone marrow and port jus. Each mouthful packs a punch, and left us feeling giddy.
We end on a suitably luxurious note. A Terre de Sienne chocolate crémeux is paired with mushroom caramel, popcorn crisp and whisky ice cream - it’s a beautiful combination of rich chocolate, crunchy texture, and sharp yet creamy ice cream, and the perfect end to such a comforting meal.
The wine list here is vast, and while we can personally vouch for the Chablis Colombier 2012, there is a sommelier on hand to help with any queries.