Set amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Barley Wood Walled Gardens, The Ethicurean is a dining experience par excellence. A simple and elegant space where food does most of the talking, the interior features exposed wooden beams overhead and bundles of dried home-grown lavender and herbs offering interludes of colour and aroma.
Light and airy, the conservatory offers stunning views of the expertly tended Walled Garden and the verdant countryside beyond, from which a strong contingent of the restaurant’s ingredients are harvested. Lunch is an informal affair, where diners can pop in for a super-food salad or open sandwich, dine from the à la carte or plump for one of the set menus. Tuesday evenings feature a five-course Vegetarian Feast, while from Wednesday to Saturday evenings, the restaurant serves a five-course Full Feast. Expect exquisite, oft-changing dishes that burst with flavour; a typical summer offering might see an amuse-bouche of pea and elderflower granita with smoked trout and borage flowers, and chilled tomato and liquorice soup with basil and balsamic apple gel. This could be followed by macerated strawberry and chicory salad, and mackerel with fennel, gooseberry and compressed cucumber. Mains may come in the form of succulent bavette steak with beetroot and nasturtium flowers; while, for afters, white chocolate mousse with blackcurrant sorbet and lavender sugar will no doubt please.
A truly phenomenal list of libations – both alcoholic and otherwise – completes a stand-out bill of fare that will doubtless leave diners wowed.