Review on The Vineyard at Stockcross
Named in honour of owner Sir Peter Michael's elite Californian winery, the Vineyard at Stockcross is a suitably lavish expression of the hospitality industry in top gear. The setting is a splendidly dramatic, Californian-style villa with ostentatious opulence in large measure. The split-level Art Deco restaurant is at the centre of things, with its elegant floral displays and subtle lighting that changes colour throughout the course of the evening. Head chef Daniel Galmiche has left for pastures new, and his auspicious successor is Robbie Jenks, who joins the restaurant from Amberley Castle in Arundel, Sussex.
His cooking is sharp, complex and full of dazzling touches. Carpaccio of milk-fed veal with basil, orange and grapefruit dressing with veal sweetbread is a typically wow starter, ahead of steamed filled of John Dory with honey and chilli glaze and Jerusalem artichokes or roasted Balmoral venison with salsify, pumpkin purée, prunes and chestnuts. To conclude, perhaps blueberry soufflé with blueberry sorbet. Check the brilliantly priced lunch menu if you're watching the pennies.
The astonishing 2000-bin wine list is so weighty it has to be split into two volumes: one is devoted to what is surely the UK's finest selection of 'handcrafted' Californian wines (including Sir Michael's own); the other homes in on gold-standard stuff from France, Italy and beyond.
The Vineyard at Stockcross is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.00 - 10.00am
Lunch: 12.00 - 1.45pm Tue-Fri (12.30 - 1.45pm Sat & Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express