Review on The Wheatsheaf
Visitors who tire of Bath's Georgian splendours and Roman remains can take a trip out to this elegant whitewashed pub on a wooded hillside just 15 minutes' drive from the city. Great views and a lush terraced garden make the Wheatsheaf a popular summertime rendezvous, but its growing reputation for fine food now attracts crowds throughout the year.
New owners have meticulously refurbished the original building (circa 1578) to expose many of its original colours and textures, and it has taken on a 'gleaming new lease of life.' Against this contemporary backdrop, the kitchen delivers clean-cut, unfussy dishes from a concise seasonal menu based largely on local ingredients.
Typically sophisticated starters might include terrine of corn-fed chicken and foie gras with Chablis jelly or wild mushroom and Parmesan risotto with white truffle oil, while main courses have ranged from cannon of lamb with pea purée, ratte potatoes, asparagus and jus niçoise to pavé of turbot with braised gem lettuce, apple and cider sauce. To conclude, expect - say - dark chocolate fondant with orange sorbet. Proprietor Ian Barton has assembled a sharp 'euro-centric' wine list which reflects his passion for fine and rare vintages. That said, the Wheatsheaf is still a pub, with local real ales and ciders on draught.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Tue-Sat (12.00 - 2.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express