Review on The Leconfield Restaurant & Bar
The Leconfield Restaurant & Bar is set in the vibrant and quintessentially English market town of Petworth in the heart of the South Downs, best known for the stately home Petworth House and its grounds designed by Capability Brown. The oldest part of the building can trace its history back to the 17th century or earlier, while the front of the building is constructed of 19th century red brick. Originally a popular pub called the Red Lion Inn for some 250 years, it has also been home to a motor hire shop, and of course given Petworth's international reputation as as leading antiques centre, it operated as an antique shop.
Spread over two floors the venue has been given a sympathetic transformation, whilst retaining the original features and character of the building. The ground floor has a welcoming limed-wood bar where guests can relax, enjoy a drink and a bite to eat from the bar menu and during the summer months there is a delightful cobbled terrace. The main action takes place in the first-floor vaulted beamed dining room, featuring solid oak tables on lime-washed original wood flooring and a cosy fire in winter.
Spearheading the kitchen is Paul Welburn, who has worked at a number of award winning restaurants during his career. He is joined by renowned Breton chef Pascal Proyart of the critically acclaimed One-O-One restaurant in Knightsbridge, who has taken the role of Chef Consultant and together they have produced an exciting, inventive modern menu. Ingredients have been carefully sourced from local suppliers and those from further afield are all from sustainable sources and of the highest quality.
Seafood shows up strongly on the menu with starters in the shape of South Coast scallop beignets and crispy squid, shaved fennel, coriander and sweet chilli salad, and burnt lime, but there's plenty of scope for meat lovers with duck breast Caesar salad, spiced pecan, Onsen duck egg, English asparagus, anchovy and parmesan. Main courses usher in wild cod fillet and tiger prawn cooked in garlic, Pernod and parsley, crushed butter beans and glazed Chantennay carrot or Sussex lamb rump tajine with Ras El Hanouth and lemon confit minted coriander couscous, with raisin, apricot and chick pea. To conclude there are desserts offering an enticing mix of flavours with liquorice and lime parfait, poached spiced pineapple and confit lime or warm strawberry black peppered casserole paired with almond ice cream and tuile biscuit.
The well-spread wine list is worth perusing, in particular note the bottles from English vineyards.
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Seafood / Modern British
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Wed-Sat (12.00 - 4.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card