Inside, there's a marvellous fusion of new and old, the timeless beauty of the building merging with the modern interior. Friendly staff greet guests warmly, as drinks are offered in either the modern cocktail bar or the more homely lounge area. The Potager restaurant offers relaxed yet contemporary dining in a beautiful wood-panelled room of soft, muted colours, while a beautiful terrace overlooks the gardens, providing the perfect place for evening drinks or a spot of lunch or afternoon tea. For that unique alfresco experience, the Barnsley House team can also arrange a private dinner party for up to ten people in The Temple, giving diners the chance to see the garden at close quarters.
Head chef Graham Grafton, who has worked in many top restaurants including London's Caprice, Bibendum and Chez Bruce, has designed a truly inspirational menu of modern European food with a slight Italian twist. Though the cooking is simple, don't let this deceive you: the flavours of the fine ingredients shine through - this is classic English cooking with Italian finesse. Whichever dish you select, you are sure to leave the restaurant with a satisfied glow. Graham and his team are passionate about using local fresh produce and ingredients from the extensive kitchen gardens, and the menu has been designed in line with the changing of the seasons. Specialities are also frequently on offer, such as the delectable 'vincisgrassi', an adaptation of an 18th-Century dish combining homemade pasta, porcini and truffles.
After you've indulged, a walk in the Verey gardens is the perfect way to round off a visit to this rare Cotswold treasure. Barnsley House is open all year to non-residents for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.