Review on Seasons at Stoke Place
A seventeenth-century Buckinghamshire mansion of some repute, Stoke Place has been transformed into a contemporary boutique hotel just 30 minutes' drive from the bustle of the capital. The house stands in 25 acres of glorious gardens, grounds and parkland designed by Capability Brown and it remains a well-protected local landmark, (the red-brick wall that surrounds the whole estate was originally put up to protect the place from 'marauders and vagabonds'.
The light and airy Seasons restaurant located on the ground floor is now one of its focal points, and it comes complete with superb views over stunning parkland. Talented Executive Chef Jonathan Stephens has devised a modern British menu based on carefully sourced produce (the hotel's Victorian walled garden is being brought back to life for the growing of herbs and salad leaves).
Proceedings might start with chicken wings, 'Haynes Farm' Egg, ale, fried onion and watercress salad or Orkney scallop, Mylor shrimps, cobnut, Marsh leaves and Gentleman's relish. Main courses offer roast partridge, gem hearts, smoked poacher dumplings, walnut and pear paste or from the sea enjoy tea smoked monkfish, butter poached Yukon potato, clam dressing and wilted chard. As a finale indulge in a sticky toffee pudding, caramelised banana, roasted banana and ice cream or there's a selection of cheese served with quince jelly and oatcakes.
Lighter options, afternoon tea and seasonal cocktails are served in The Garden Bar, a contemporary and relaxed environment created by celebrated British designer Ilse Crawford.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30 - 10.00pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express