Roald Dahl once wrote that ‘the greatest secrets are hidden in the most unlikely places’ – a sentiment never truer than in the case of Winteringham Fields. Just a stone’s throw from the Humber, the restaurant has become one of the area, if not the country’s, best foodie sanctuaries. Befitting its 16th-century old stone exterior, the restaurant itself is a snug warren of intimate and private dining rooms. Furnished in a rustic, country house theme with roaring fires, antiques and curiosities, and earthy, warming tones, Winteringham Fields exudes charm.
Both loyal and new guests of Winteringham Fields travel far and wide to get there, but the food never does. The restaurant’s approach is simple: to use only the best local ingredients – whether caught fresh on the coast, grown in the earth of their own farm, or reared on the fields of nearby purveyors – to create a forever evolving menu that reflects nature and the seasons. It’s what head chef and owner Colin McGurran calls his ‘one-mile menu’. For the most curious culinary pilgrim, the seven- and nine-course tasting menus are full of unexpected twists and flavours that exceed expectations. Inspired by nature’s seas, beaches and fields, and appropriately accompanied by the master sommelier’s wine selection, the menus are sure to surprise even the most well-travelled palates. From the four-course à la carte lunchtime menu, you might start with tomato gazpacho salad with basil and feta – as featured on the Great British Menu – before enjoying local duck breast with courgette and beetroot, and finishing with chocolate griottine with home-grown raspberry ice cream. Sampling the excellent cheese trolley is also a must.
Of course, the restaurant is not the only string to Winteringham Fields’ bow. This sheltered, converted barn house and eight-acre plot boasts 15 luxurious five-star rooms, first-class facilities for corporate events, and idyllic views of the surrounding landscape. Unsurprisingly, given its sumptuous surroundings and stunning gardens, Winteringham Fields is also a popular venue for weddings. Whatever your reason for visiting, be it a lavish wedding or a leisurely lunch, you’ll be bowled over by the personal approach to service and the superior seasonal cuisine.