Family-run restaurants are often a favourite among locals in big cities, as they offer a warmth and personable nature that’s not always found at high-street chains or celebrity chef restaurants. The same is true of Kathton House, a long-standing operation overseen by husband and wife team Neil and Gina Evans.
The dining room here is a chic, yet simple affair, decked out in neutral grey tones, with comfy long back chairs and napkins on the tables that have been moulded into the shape of fans. Open daily from midday, Kathton House serves a set lunch menu followed by an a la carte at dinner. For lunch, begin with dishes such as goat’s cheese panna cotta served with rhubarb textures and a black pudding crumb, before moving on to confit Pork Belly served with sauteed Savoy cabbage, rhubarb puree and pork jus, then finish up with upside down banana and maple cake served with banana ice cream and peanut brittle.
Come evening, the menu expands to include a handful of more sophisticated dishes. Kickstart your meal with a starter of black pudding crusted scallops or pork and eel croquettes served with celeriac and apple remoulade. Up next, move on to main courses and choose between the likes of pea crusted cod served with minted pea puree, vegetables and parsley cream or go veggie with an asparagus pearl barley risotto served with asparagus spears, sauteed morels and a Parmesan crisp. End things on a sweet note with dark chocolate delice and mint ice cream or go savoury with a cheese plate.
There are dedicated vegetarian and vegan menus available, while those looking to make an occasion of it can opt for the six-course tasting menu and accompanying wine flight. On Sundays, stop by for a classic three-course lunch complete with all the trimmings.