Review on The Don
The Don hides in a courtyard off St Swithin's Lane and once did duty as the HQ for Sandemans - hence the name, the caped silhouette on the hanging sign and the incomparable drinks list. The place boasts a cellar bistro done out in veteran brick-walled 'wine bar' style, but the main action takes place in the strikingly modern ground-floor restaurant.
Polished wood floors, abstract artwork and sculptures create a cosmopolitan atmosphere and the kitchen obliges the crowds with a menu of refined dishes in the Anglo-European mould. Mediterranean fish soup, tournedos Rossini and chocolate fondant represent the old world; warm salad of quail with smoked quail's egg and wild mushroom gâteau, seared sea bass with sherried aubergines, and pineapple tarte Tatin with black pepper offer something more contemporary.
The dazzling wine list naturally includes a remarkable selection of ports and sherries; otherwise, there's a global choice with France dominating at the top end and plenty of affordable options by the glass.
The Don is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Mon-Fri
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express