Paris House Restaurant

“Skilfully cooked food in a beguiling setting.” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

WOBURN, BEDFORDSHIRE

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The long drive across the Woburn Estate and the Duke of Bedford’s 22-acre deer park certainly raises the ante when it comes to anticipation and expectation. Enter via the grand gateway, through lush green fields and the sight of the beautiful half-timbered Tudor-style building of the Paris House Restaurant is entrancing. Okay, it may be ‘fake’ – originally constructed in Paris for the 1878 International Exhibition, dismantled, shipped across the Channel and reassembled here – but it’s a unique precursor to any meal. Inside, it’s a different look – chic, refined contemporary styling, complete with modern chandeliers, sleek furniture and a wall of seasonal food-related artworks. This is the classy setting for chef-patron Phil Fanning’s innovative, high-impact modern British cuisine, which is driven by prime ingredients and delivered via seasonal tasting menus. While Phil’s refined Japanese technique is pivotal in achieving maximum flavour, his plates come dressed to thrill, displaying craftsmanship, precision and creativity. Those brushstrokes of flavour and texture combination are teamed with a subtle nod to Asia, perhaps charred tuna loin, English asparagus, Jersey Royal and ponzu salad cream, while smoked ham is teamed with tomato dashi and tamarillo. Next up, monkfish could make an appearance in a curried bouillabaisse with sweet potato dahl and poppadom, while BBQ Jacob’s ladder of Longhorn beef is served with roasted kimchi, and pickled red chilli. For the final flourish, perhaps strawberry and berry jelly, tonka bean and vanilla custard, saffron and lemon cake, or rhubarb croissant swirl with red shiso delight, elderberry candied orange and yogurt sorbet. For the ultimate experience, aim for a prized Chef’s Table seat in the heart of the kitchen overlooking the pass to watch the action. Relaxed and knowledgeable service aptly fits the bill wherever you sit.

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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Paris House Restaurant
London Road, Woburn Park, WOBURN, Bedfordshire, MK17 9QP

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 34
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: 23 December - 5 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30: 50
  • Wines by the glass: 15
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Bedfordshire

At its most southern point, Bedfordshire is only 35 miles from London Waterloo, so there’s a good reason for the UK’s fifth busiest airport to be called London Luton Airport. The county is one of England’s smaller in terms of area, but more than makes up for it in terms of business HQs and visitor attractions. Among the most popular of these, and among the top attractions in the UK, is ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, founded in 1931, and now covering around 600 acres.

Along similar lines Woburn Safari Park opened more recently (in 1970) and is just over half the size. Fans of old flying machines or cars will enjoy a visit to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, a tiny village near Biggleswade. Among the oldest examples in the collection are a pioneering French Blériot XI from 1910, and a number of early French and German automobiles from the very late 19th century. 

Bedford itself is located on either side of the River Ouse, and has a large Italian population, descended from those who came to work at a local brick factory in the 1950s.

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