Situated just off reception at the imposing Royal Garden Hotel, Park Terrace may lack the wow factor of show-stopping Min Jiang upstairs, but readers appreciate its well-spaced tables, pleasing views, “outstanding service” and “exceptional value”. We also applaud the kitchen’s commitment to seasonal sourcing, which shows in a roster of boldly flavoured dishes ranging from a ‘winter mosaic’ terrine (venison, guinea fowl, chicken livers) pointed up with spiced pears and blackcurrant chutney to char-grilled halibut T-bone with crispy cod cheek, lyonnaise potatoes, asparagus and tartare sauce. West Country steaks with duck-fat chips are a popular shout, while desserts could include warm raspberry flan with vanilla pannacotta. Corporate types head to the adjoining bar for club sandwiches, cocktails and G&Ts; tourists and residents repair to the tranquil lounge for afternoon tea. The Terrace also has a “great list” of keenly priced international wines.