Considerable sums have been spent on La Motte in recent years, and the elegant restaurant bears witness to this. It really is a beautiful spot. Sadly, the foods looks better than it tastes.
The menu descriptions are misleading, and EVERYTHING is served on a scratchy (fake?) slate. It may look good - but try cutting on this surface and the noise is akin to nails scratching on a blackboard. It is only a detail, but there is the sense here that the cuisine is a triumph of presentation over content. Moreover the servings are modest to say the least - we left after a three course lunch feeling that we had had an enjoyable time in lovely surroundings but were - almost - still feeling hungry. Drinks-wise, we stayed loyal to the Estate's own production and were not disappointed. The wine list is - unsurprisingly - one of the best things here.
By the way, the prices in the adjacent shop were breathtakingly high - a tea towel for the equivalent of £16. A (very attractive) bread board for £148! And so on.
This estate is certainly worth seeing and the wine is good. If they could be more generous with the food and less prissy about its presentation, it would be a great experience.
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