We have long been fans of John Topham's culinary excellence, and although he was not actually running the kitchen at the time of our last visit, the food was to the same high quality.
A dining room has been turned into a resident's lounge and a pre-dining area, with comfortable sofa's and a very unusal table. Our lunch was taken in the main body of the restaurant, although in the summer the covered courtyard is also used, together with an outdoor terrace if you are brave enough. The restaurant is very cozy and informal, with lots of corners and alcoves, and a blazing fire as well. John's signature dish is a starter called Little Moneybags, a parcel of seafood and vegetables in filo pastry shaped like, yes, a moneybag. Even the string is edible, and served with just the right amount of lobster sauce it is absolutely irresistable. Our choice of main course was split between breast of pheasant and roast venison, both cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. Two of us managed deserts, whilst a third sampled the cheeseboard, with a choice of 3 cheeses from a list of 8. All of this was served by staff who were pleasant, knowledable, and efficient, overseen by the excellent Enzo Scibilia.
Although 80 miles from home, this is without doubt my favourite restaurant, and cannot be recommend too highly.
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