I chose this restaurant purely on the back of the Trip Advisor reviews, and as usual, it came up trumps - what a find! Find being the operative word as we got quite lost coming cross-country from Burley!
I had booked lunch in the restaurant to celebrate my mother's birthday - there were 3 of us and the restaurant was probably half full which was quite good for a Wednesday I thought. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming and the restaurant itself is one of the nicest I have been to - a designers dream!
We had the set lunch menu which was excellent value at just under £20 a head - the choice was limited - only two for each course but there were other 'Classics' to choose from which were also reasonably priced. The a la carte or Signature Menu is much more expensive but looked very tempting! I had a sweet potato and coconut soup with a home made roll, followed by pork and apple meatballs in a red wine gravey with mashed potato and kale, with strawberry fool for dessert. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented - we were all very happy with what we had ordered. The service was friendly and attentive - the waiter later offered to take a photo of us all once we had left the table. A really nice touch was a Happy Birthday plate which arrived for my mother - with 3 homemade chocolates and a candle in a strawberry - beautifully done! I had completely forgotten that I had told them we were there to celebrate a birthday when I made the booking.
The gardens are a must too - this place must be idyllic on a summer's day - with a terrace lining the edge of the river. The sculpture trail was very interesting too - well worth a visit.
I would love to come back and stay as there are also 8 rooms. We will definitely return - my mother is already planning her 90th birthday celebration here (only another 5 years to go!) but I think we will go back sooner than that! Definitely the best place I have been to in this part of Hampshire.
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