1 London Street
Market Place, Fairford
Gloucestershire GL7 4AH
Wheelchairs: Easy access but no loo because of Grade 2 listing
Visited July 2006
restaurant is situated on the
décor is simple and elegant in beiges and white with some unusual turquoise
blue paintings that look like windows. The china is white and comes in all sorts
of shapes, slightly quirky.
restaurant is owned and run by a couple, the wife Erica, greets you, gives the
menus and takes the order. There was one other waitress. There is a Table
d’Hote for £20 for 3 courses with 3 or 4 choices of each. The a la carte menu
was about £28 for two courses and £33.50 for three. With our pre-dinner drinks
there were cheese straws and green olives. Erica helped with the choice of wine.
She is an expert and knew her wine cellar well and made an excellent choice for
our first course we were given a tiny cornet made of fried bread with a tasty
filling. Then a hot cream of onion and something else soup in a little cup.
(Neither had been ordered but were part of the a la carte). The starters were
very unusual combinations that certainly worked in our choices: Carpaccio of
pigeon breast topped with pan fried foie gras accompanied by pickled cauliflower
and something else we couldn’t determine! Tiny wild mushrooms (I forget the
name) in a delicious sauce with a green vegetable.
both chose fish for our main courses. One was sea trout with local crayfish tiny
leeks and asparagus, garnished with pea shoots, the other was turbot with what
seemed like whole oats and chicory and orange pieces. A little glass arrived
with meadowsweet jelly with foam on top to clear the pallet. Desserts were
cherry clafoutis with almond ice cream and fig tart made with very light puff
pastry. Each dessert had an accompanying wine the clafoutis one was Vouvray.
Petit fours came with the tea.
was a pure delight. The food was exquisite, tasty and beautifully presented.
Nothing rushed but we never felt we waited ages. It was all to the highest
standards and a wonderful experience. I highly recommend it. I gave them a
“Ladies who Lunch” card and said you would put something on your website
about it. The chef has just won the top chef of the Cotswolds award. He trained
with an Italian then Gordon Ramsey. He worked at Le Manoir aux Quatres Saisons
Erica and her husband used to run the restaurant at The Wykeham Vineyard in Shedfield so used to be in our territory!
Cost £ £ £ £ £ £ £ £
Yummy Factor 9/10
Guest Report F B from Gloucestershire
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