Restaurant Coworth Park

“Modern country house cooking in an impressive mansion” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

ASCOT, BERKSHIRE

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A Georgian mansion house built on a scale intended to impress, Coworth Park lords it over its acres of rural Berkshire in shimmering wedding-cake white. It's surrounded by wildflower meadows and ancient woodland and comes fully loaded with a luxuriant portfolio of amenities, taking in everything from deep tissue massages to polo. It also has an elegant interior of high ceilinged spaces imbued with period splendour that is entirely agreeable and happily relaxed, including a very pretty dining room where guests can admire a copper-hued chandelier of oak leaves and the view over the rose terrace while mulling over menus fizzing with clever contemporary ideas. Here, Adam Smith’s cooking stands out from the crowd with an imaginatively modernised take on country-house cooking; whether you opt for the full-works seven-course taster or Best of British menus supplementing the main carte, you can expect top-class produce handled with light-touch dexterity. A starter of sautéed duck liver is balanced with pink grapefruit and basil, with puffed rice and black olive, and basil and onion brioche adding texture. Main course gives star billing to superb quality Waterford Farm lamb, timed perfectly pink, and served alongside an onion stuffed with braised shoulder, roasted shallot, turnip, onion purée and a killer jus. Fish is handled with similar creativity, perhaps stuffed Dover sole in the company of morels and risotto and sauced with Jura wine. Well-judged combinations of crystal-clear flavours are again to the fore in a dessert that riffs on a millefeuille theme, layering caramelised puff pastry with white chocolate parfait, vanilla cream, wild strawberries, lime, and strawberry sorbet, or an irresistible confection involving 62% Valrhona single estate chocolate, hazelnut and tonka bean ice cream might catch the eye; otherwise, go for a savoury finish with a perfectly ripened cheeseboard served with home-made breads and marinated figs.

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4 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Restaurant Coworth Park
London Road, ASCOT, SL5 7SE
Phone : 01344 876600

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 66
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 18
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

Discover Berkshire

Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.

Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.

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