The Harrow at Little Bedwyn
“Highly polished cooking with the accent on fun” - AA Inspector
LITTLE BEDWYN, WILTSHIRE
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Our Inspector's View
The Harrow sounds like a rustic gastro pub and although it does indeed look like many red-brick, creeper-clad Victorian country inns, its well-earned status as a food and wine lover’s mecca becomes apparent once you’re inside. Tastefully modernised, the tone is deeply relaxing in the best country manner, the dining room a white-linened space with high-backed black chairs and artworks on pale walls. Chef-patron Roger Jones has made a name for the place by buying only natural and free-range produce of remarkable quality, much of it from artisan growers and traders, and treating it with exemplary skill and simplicity. Multi-course menus are the order of the day, with tasters in six or eight stages, the latter also available in vegetarian and vegan modes, plus a five-course lunch offering. Dishes are clutter free and everything tastes of what it is, so the eight-course workout might open with cured salmon pointed up with ewe cheese curd and Siberian caviar, while venison tartare relies on the sheer quality of the meat for its impact. Elsewhere, foraged herbs and chilli squid make a flavour-packed accompaniment to Cornish line-caught lemon sole, before the main course arrives in the form, perhaps, of roast free-range quail with foie gras and Puy lentils. Dessert could be a majestically airborne strawberry soufflé, or perhaps an imaginative chocolate and coffee-based confection. If you're on the meat-free trail, expect a parade of equally imaginative dishes extending from an aromatic Périgord truffle risotto with cep cream, through to a Mediterranean spread of grilled aubergine with honey, paprika, grilled halloumi and smoked tomatoes. To say that wine is taken very seriously here is a massive understatement, and the expert pairings with the menus – with the option of upgrading to Coravin servings of the likes of decades-old Mosel Riesling, mature-vine burgundies and aged Napa Cabernet – are reliably spot-on.
Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 34
- Wheelchair accessible
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 3
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 11
- Wines under £30: 250
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 40
- Cuisine style: Modern
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
A land shrouded in mystery, myth and legend, Wiltshire evokes images of ancient stone circles, white chalk horses carved into hillsides, crop circles and the forbidden, empty landscape of Salisbury Plain. To many M4 and A303 drivers heading out of London through the clutter of the Thames Valley, Wiltshire is where the landscape opens out and rural England begins.
Wiltshire’s charm lies in the beauty of its countryside. The expansive chalk landscapes of the Marlborough and Pewsey downs and Cranborne Chase inspire a sense of space and freedom, offering miles of uninterrupted views deep into Dorset, Somerset and the Cotswolds. Wiltshire’s thriving market towns and picturesque villages provide worthwhile visits and welcome diversions. Stroll through quaint timbered and thatched villages in the southern Woodford and Avon valleys and explore the historic streets of the stone villages of Lacock, Castle Combe and Sherston. Walk around Salisbury and discover architectural styles from the 13th century to the present and take time to visit the city’s elegant cathedral and fascinating museums. And if all of that isn’t enough, the county is also richly endowed with manor houses, mansions and beautiful gardens.
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