The Latymer

Modern European·
Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of The Latymer

Gold Award

“My favourite outside London” says a fan of Pennyhill Park and its flagship Latymer restaurant. The elegant dining room has benefited hugely from a recent makeover, while fans think that chef Matt Worswick (one of SquareMeal’s ‘rising UK stars’ a couple of years back) “has really taken his menus to another level” in recent months. The result is sheer perfection in every department.

Food-wise, expect a succession of breathtakingly beautiful dishes presented via a series of tasting extravaganzas in the modern idiom, with fabulous offerings ranging from a pairing of Colchester oysters, which sees the molluscs poached and served with pickled apple, Attilus Oscietra caviar and marigolds, to a dessert of Yorkshire rhubarb and vanilla bavarois, hibiscus poached rhubarb and ginger beer. In between, there are even more “elegantly plated” Michelin-starred masterpieces – perhaps salt-baked celeriac, rémoulade, lovage and truffle Wild mushroom risotto with malt vinegar rice and parmesan or Roasted duck breast, seared duck liver, Waldorf salad and wholegrain mustard jus. If after all that you could squeeze in another bite there’s also always the option to add a cheeseboard, which comes packed with artisan European cheeses and all those little extra bits.

This is “incredible, creative and generous food” out of the top drawer. Meals are fleshed out with snacks and mini-courses, while the prestigious Pennyhill Park wine cellar provides “exceptional” drinking across the range. Knowledgeable service also strikes exactly the right note, without putting on airs and graces – “the chefs even came out to have a chat and go through the dishes”, noted one contented soul.

Ranging from five to ten courses, the tasting menus are a considerable price, but offer good value for money when you consider the work gone into each dish behind the scenes. Five courses at dinner will cost you £69, while ten courses cost £100 per person.  


Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Modern European
Fine dining, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Traditional
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions

About The Latymer

Located inside Surrey's luxurious Pennyhill Park Hotel, The Latymer is a fine dining restaurant serving a choice of inventive menus designed by head chef Steve Smith. With a Michelin star to its name, The Latymer prides itself on providing only the highest level of service and a suitably formal atmosphere to best showcase the award-winning food. The restaurant is committed to showcasing only the finest local produce and also has a real focus on seasonality, which means that the menus change every day based on availability of ingredients.

Found in one of the oldest parts of the house, The Latymer's dining room has a snug yet grand feel to it with rustic exposed beams on the ceiling contrasting with the opulent décor below. A mixture of brightly upholstered chairs and banquettes sit on a turquoise carpet while tables are topped with white table cloths and wooden panels line the walls.

Having taken over as chef in 2020 Steve Smith completely redesigned The Latymer's food offering. There is now a fixed-price à la carte menu available at lunchtime, as well as separate discovery tasting menus on offer at lunch and dinner which comprise of six regularly changing courses. Expect dishes such as calve's sweetbread with pea and pine nut risotto and madeira, foie gras cream served with strawberry and timut pepper and a duck salad, and Herdwick lamb with broccoli, artichoke and anchovies. Sweet dishes might include compressed strawberry with nitro buttermilk and a basil salad, or itakuja chocolate delice and mango sorbet.

When it comes to drinks at The Latymer, you can opt for a wine pairing designed by head sommelier Aurel Istrate to perfectly complement every dish on the tasting menu, or you can choose a bottle from the extensive wine list. There are also plenty of other drinks available for those who don't want wine and for non-drinkers.


Does The Latymer have a Michelin star?

The Latymer has one Michelin star.

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Meet the team
The Latymer

Steve Smith

Head Chef

Having won a Michelin star at no less than five different restaurants, as well having achieved numerous other accolades, Steve Smith is incredibly highly regarded within the industry. He began his career working under chefs including Paul Heathcote and Jean Christophe Novelli, before going on to win a Michelin star as head chef at Gordleton Mill in Lymington and then again the Burlington restaurant in Skipton. After five years at the Burlington, he moved to Jersey to become executive chef at Bohemia, where in 2013 he once again won a star as well as 5 AA rosettes. In 2020 he took over as Head Chef of the prestigious Latymer restaurant, and has retained its Michelin star since taking over.

Location for The Latymer

Pennyhill Park, London Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5EU

01276 486156


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-13:30
Sun 12:00-13:30
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 19:00-21:00
Thu 19:00-21:00
Fri 19:00-21:00
Sat 19:00-21:00
Sun 19:00-21:00

Reviews of The Latymer

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4 Reviews 


Very bad dessert
12 September 2021  

Disappointed. First, they couldn't find our booking and I had to show them on my phone that I indeed booked and paid the deposit. Thankfully, it wasn't fully booked and they were able to give us a table.
We had a 6 course menu. First four were outstanding, the two starters were excellent and so were the two main courses. But then came the disappointments which ruined the evening for my wife. The first dessert was mediocre, rather refreshing but nothing special and wouldn't want another one. Worst was the last dessert. It was sour and bitter. It just didn't work and we both forced ourselves to eat as much as we could but couldn't finish half of it. We also looked at three other tables and at all those tables the three couples also left most of that dessert on the plate.
I gave feedback to the waiter who only said he'll pass it on. My wife really craved for something sweet in the end and we didn't get anything else.
We've just been to a simple local restaurant today and at the end of the meal they gave us complimentary chocolate and some orange jelly. My wife said "even here you get this and I really wanted something like this at the Latymer." At the Latymer I paid £338 for two people (and we only had two alcoholic drinks each) and hearing my wife saying that makes me really want to tell people to avoid the Latymer.
It was also my wife's birthday when we went to the Latymer, so it's even more disappointing that our experience wasn't great.

Food & Drink

Paul A

We'll be back
29 January 2019  
It is easy to see why Matt Worswick has hit the heights of the Good Food Guide Top 50 with his devotion to the showcasing of familiar ingredients in unfamiliar taste combinations, the excellent wine pairings and the unfailingly helpful and knowledgeable front of house staff. We were struck by how difficult we found it to say which was our favourite dish on the seven course tasting menu when asked by the staff, because they were all individually delicious in making their own particular contribution to the overall balance of the meal. Another plus point was the extra information relating to each dish noted on printed cards and “served” at the same time as the food. Attention to detail was very much in evidence, a good example being the ability to choose the five course menu wine flight with the seven course menu dinner, which we did, although we ended up having an extra glass as the list contained a couple of other tempting beauties. The meal started with the inevitable gougères, this time with a truffle sprinkle, little ice cream cones with smoky baba ganoush and a wonderful pairing of Iberico ham and bergamot gel, and then good sourdough bread was served with a lovely black garlic spread with a taste of liquorice. None of these counted as one of the seven courses, as would have been the case at some Michelin star restaurants we have eaten in recently. The freshness of the poached oyster was evident and enhanced by the Oscietra caviar and the contrasting pickled Granny Smith apple cubes and juice and the tang of calendula. Normally we would feel hard done by to find two vegetarian dishes on a tasting menu, but, given the fact that such dishes are apparently very labour-intensive to put on the table and that they were quite stunning, we could not but approve in this case. We love celeriac and when it is salt-baked, served with super remoulade and a lovage sauce and Australian truffle and taken to new heights by a brilliant truffle ice cream, we are more than happy. Risotto is risotto - or is it? Artistic presentation playing off wild oyster mushroom against wild, crunchy rice made to appear almost black by some excellent malt vinegar powder and then paying respect to the classic version with a background of parmesan made for a dish that would deserve its place on any menu. It was interesting to consider the air miles involved in the next dish - top-class Orkney scallop and Brixham crab brought together with pickled sea aster with possibly a different origin again, but what a meeting of terrific tastes, especially when accompanied by the best crab sauce we’ve had outside Cornwall! The superlatives didn’t end there, either. The duck main dish was outstanding, with mouthwatering roasted breast and sensational seared liver with a mustard jus and authentic Waldorf salad contrast. The menu finished on a high with two desserts, poached pear on a brandy snap base with a sensational toasted almond ice cream, and a brilliantly balanced chocolate delice, milk crumble biscuit and yogurt sorbet. In addition, even the fresh mint tea was of the highest order, as were the petits fours, and this confirmed our impression that the whole dining experience had been very carefully curated. The solitary false note for us was that the dining room had not been significantly updated since our last visit and was decidedly out of tune with the lightness and modernity of the cuisine. Nonetheless we have certainly joined those who consider that Matt Worswick is deserving of more than one Michelin star.
Food & Drink


27 March 2018  
Beautiful crafted food in formal surrounding.

Stuart M

29 May 2017  
Used to be very good, before the change of chef. Since then the food seems to have slightly tailed off and the prices rocketed, last visit we struggled to find a red wine at less than £100.
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