Kitchen by Dominic Chapman
The Feathers in central Woodstock is well known for the 400-plus gins in its bar (in fact it holds a world record for it) and the kitchen team takes dining just as seriously. It was without persuasion that we plumped for the tasting menu on our visit. How better to sample all this exceptional restaurant has to offer than with small portions of a wide range of specialities, each paired with complementing wine? We were treated to course after course of delectable dishes. The duck liver was meltingly softand delicate with a dusting of candied walnuts, and was matched brilliantly with a glass of De Laire Graff, which is delightfully crisp with a hint of strawberry.
The fillet of brill was light, and the lobster raviolo simply divine. We raved about the saddle of roe deer, which was served nicely rare, as tender as a fillet steak and rich in flavour. Cheese connoisseurs will delight in choosing five cheeses for the cheeseboard – a perfect blue and tangy goat’s cheese were among our favourites. We rounded off our gourmet feast with indulgent apple terrine and blackberry sorbet. I recommend supping The Feathers’ own sloe gin, which is rich and silky. The Feathers also offers a vegetariantasting menu, demonstrating how well this establishment caters to all diners’ tastes and preferences. Feellike a break in between courses? Pull up an armchair in front of one of the log fires and relax a while. This really is a place where you can sit back and be truly spoilt.