Paris House Restaurant

“Impeccable contemporary cooking in an idyllic setting and mock-Tudor timbered building” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

WOBURN, BEDFORDSHIRE

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While the entrance and approach is every bit the showstopper, passing through a grand gateway and crossing the Duke of Bedford's 22-acre deer park at his Woburn Estate, the sight of the beautiful half-timbered Tudor-style building of the Paris House Restaurant is equally beguiling. Okay, it maybe fake, originally constructed in Paris for the 1878 International Exhibition, then dismantled, shipped across the Channel and reassembled here, but it makes a thoroughly endearing statement and raises the anticipation and expectation ante. It’s a different look inside, one of snazzy, refined contemporary styling, complete with modern chandeliers, sleek furniture (with hues of blue seating), and a wall of seasonally changing, food-related artworks. This is the classy, unique setting for chef-patron Phil Fanning’s innovative, high-impact modern British cuisine, which comes at one with the seasons, on-cue with fashion and driven by prime ingredients, while Phil’s refined Japanese technique is pivotal in achieving maximum flavour. His plates come dressed to thrill, displaying craftsmanship, precision and creativity, and highlighted by those brushstrokes of flavour and texture combination, teamed with a subtle nod to Asian. It’s all delivered by a seasonal tasting menu; perhaps the luxury of baked Orkney scallop to start, served with spring vegetables and a miso beurre blanc with Avruga caviar, while turbot could be teamed with Isle of Wight tomatoes, chorizo, and a mussel and black olive ragù with sea herbs. Lamb Caesar might feature as the meat course, with a fermented lettuce, wild garlic and anchovy partnership, and the final flourish, perhaps strawberries, served with white chocolate, marshmallow and pink peppercorn. For the ultimate experience, aim for a prized Chef’s Table seat (surcharged) in the heart of the kitchen overlooking the pass. Relaxed, knowledgeable and professional service aptly fits the bill wherever you sit, while wine pairings add the final touch of class to proceedings.

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Paris House Restaurant
London Road,Woburn Park,WOBURN,Bedfordshire,MK17 9QP
Phone : 01525 290692

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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