Restaurant Coworth Park
The 2018 edition of The Michelin Guide saw executive chef Adam Smith and his brigade garner a much-coveted Michelin star for Coworth Park. Billed by Michel Roux Senior as one to watch, Adam is lauded as one of the country’s foremost chefs, and the service, setting and menus at Restaurant Coworth Park reflect his unwillingness to settle for anything short of excellence. At once sophisticated and relaxed, large French doors bathe the restaurant in natural light and offer unrivalled views of the Mansion House’s rose terrace, croquet lawn, and the meadow and rolling estate grounds beyond. Mellow and unperturbed, autumnal acorn and oak leaf motifs soften the stark elegance of a copper-wrought chandelier and pristinely polished mirrored copper walls.
The seven-course tasting menu and Sunday lunch menus prove eminently popular, and seats for the restaurant’s monthly guest speaker lunches fill rapidly. Unifying features of Adam’s menus are a slant towards classic British flavour combinations and a commitment to quality, artisanal produce. While menus change regularly, a typical offering might feature starters of sea scallop with pork belly, fermented cabbage and apple, and slow-cooked trout with tomato, basil and avocado. Dover sole with kale, kohlrabi and horseradish could follow this, or perhaps Waterford Farm salt-aged beef accompanied by oxtail mushroom and onion. Finish with lemon tart with mint and meringue.
Three interconnected private dining spaces can be made available by prior arrangement and offer a graceful setting for all manner of functions. Weddings, corporate gatherings and family milestones are invariably conferred with a sense of elegance and class when they take place here, and Coworth’s professional events team are exceptional when it comes to the matter of turning concepts into reality.
In addition to speaker events, Restaurant Coworth Park plays host to a series of wine dinners throughout the year, curated by restaurant director Jonathan Ellson. Overall, evenings spent here invariably prove pleasurable. Consider concluding a visit with an overnight stay in one of the beautifully appointed rooms, or at the very least, a nightcap at Coworth Park’s sophisticated bar.