Park Road, Stoke Poges, SL2 4PG
Set in leafy Buckinghamshire, amid 300 acres of glorious parkland, lakes and gardens, Stoke Park is a leading hotel, spa and country club conveniently located just 35 miles from London and seven miles from Heathrow. Here you’ll find the award-winning Humphry’s restaurant, steered by head chef Chris Wheeler, serving innovative modern British cuisine against the backdrop of the estate’s rich history. With three AA rosettes to its name, and the prestige of winning Best Fine Dining Restaurant at the Buckinghamshire Food and Drink Awards 2016, Humphry’s is no novice when it comes to wowing diners with innovative menus. From the à la carte, the seafood starters shine, with home-smoked scallops served with tempura roe, pea purée and pickled radish. The decision might be an easy one if it weren’t for the chalk stream trout flavoured with dill pollen and served with roasted red pepper, miso, cress, and mango and lime gel. There are a range of excellent fish, meat and vegetarian options, with the exquisitely presented mains expertly incorporating the best of seasonal British ingredients and flavours. You may opt for an innovative lamb dish that sees cutlet and loin served with cinnamon-spiced lamb sweetbread, potato terrine, spring greens, black garlic purée, apricot gel and lamb jus – a celebration of this beautiful meat. Vegetarian diners can enjoy the ricotta, basil and sunblushed tomato tortellini with baby Mediterranean vegetables and tomato pesto. With a set price for all three courses, you’d be amiss to not sample one of the superb desserts. Perhaps the delicate passion fruit soufflé with passion fruit sauce, coconut, lime leaf and lemongrass sorbet will be the perfect end to your meal, or the vanilla panna cotta enhanced by poached peach, peach consommé and tarragon oil. Otherwise, indulge in the delectable treacle tart, which comes with date and vanilla purée, citrus gel and whisky ice cream. Paired with a glass from the substantial wine list, your meal will be one you’ll want to relive time and again. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and great vases of lilies and orchids, the stunning decor at Humphry’s honours the thousand-year history of the estate, allowing guests to relax in a luxury ambience with panoramic views of the estate and lake.