5 North Street

5 North Street

British

0.5 miles
5 North Street,, Winchcombe, GL54 5LH
The ancient Saxon village of Winchcombe, near Cheltenham, is home to one of the best restaurants around - and it's family-run to boot. Marcus (Gus) Ashenford and his wife Kate are proprietors of the renowned 5 North Street and serve a menu that combines classic French cuisine with modern British dishes. Original oak beams meet clean, modern lines and the service is as smooth as the celeriac and horseradish purée.

Fresh cut flowers and the warm aroma of home-baked bread beckon you inside. A cleverly structured evening menu suggests three set dinners from about only £33 for three courses, or a seven-course tour de force starting from £55. You are free to design your own meal from any of the three. Marcus also creates a new vegetarian dish each evening. At lunchtime, prices start from £20.50.

A starter of honey-glazed belly pork with mushy peas, caramelised apples and crisp sage leaves is a delectable opener to a superb chicken ballotine with a casserole of smoked bacon, lentils and shallots in a thyme jus. I thoroughly recommend topping this off with Gus' individual presentation of desserts: a selection of four mouth-watering sweets that are exciting and original enough to reawaken the palate. The fennel sorbet and the bay leaf brûlée are to die for. Each mouthful transforms you from diner to gourmand. A 40-bin wine list awaits your perusal to find the perfect complement, and conveniently some wines can be ordered by the glass. The exquisite presentation of the food and the inspiring flavours tell you that you are in the presence of a master chef and a great creative talent - indeed Marcus won his first Michelin star at the tender age of 25.

I visited 5 North Street on a Wednesday evening and by 9pm it was full. Two diners actually rebooked before leaving. Now that really does speak for itself.
+25 North Street
Opening Hours:
Tues:7pm-9pm
Weds:12pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9pm
Thurs:12pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9pm
Fri:12pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9pm
Sat:12pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9pm
Sun:12pm-2.30pm

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