Founded by husband and wife team, Head Chef Wesley and Francesca Smalley, Seasonality's roots lie in delivering local produce to its community through meal delivery boxes. Today, it has blossomed into a vibrant neighbourhood restaurant.
Under the meticulous care of Head Chef Wesley and his wife Francesca, the restaurant's atmosphere mirrors its culinary philosophy—simple, yet executed with elegance. The exposed brick walls create a cosy ambiance, while the open kitchen allows diners to witness the tranquil culinary magic of Head Chef Wesley Smalley. Service is friendly and inviting, making you feel as though you've stepped into a cherished corner of the Smalley's home.
At the time of our visit, a three-course dinner is attractively priced at £47.30 per person. On the reverse of the menu, you'll find the restaurant's fascinating story, as well as highlights detailing the origins of their ingredients, from the butcher to the very farm that churned your butter. Much like their food menu, Seasonality's wine list is concise but thoughtfully curated.
Our culinary journey commenced with starters of Iberico ham and potato fondant filled with Tunworth Cheese and truffle honey. The harmonious blend of sweetness from the honey and the saltiness of the ham was a delightful combination. This was followed by plates of risotto caponata and bowls of beef cheek massaman. The risotto, both flavorful and beautifully presented, was a testament to the artistry in simplicity. The beef cheek massaman, however, stole the show, bursting with an array of flavours as the tender beef cheek basked in a glossy sauce, crowned with aromatic herbs and crispy potatoes. For dessert, we savoured the dramatic flair of an affogato, enhanced by the addition of black forest ice cream, a unique twist on a classic.
Amidst a landscape teeming with culinary hotspots, including the famed Bray, home to the iconic Fat Duck, and the Michelin-star-studded Marlow, Seasonality proudly holds its own as a neighbourhood restaurant worth venturing to. And for those who still yearn for the experience of Seasonality at home, fear not; their meal boxes remain an integral part of their thriving business.