Steve Smith at Latymer
“Excellent contemporary cooking in one of UK’s top hotels” - AA Inspector
- 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 Latymer is one of the top restaurants in the country, set in the creeper-covered Victorian manor at the heart of the 123-acre Pennyhill estate whose grounds encompass a high-powered hotel with elegant gardens, wild woodland, a less wild golf course and a swish spa. It’s a genteel and luxurious space with panelled walls and rich floral fabrics all contributing to a formal and elegant setting for food of thrilling modernity, with contemporary cooking techniques showcased on six-course tasting menus. The menu is highly seasonal and constantly evolving. You might start with crown prince pumpkin, cep and quail's egg – the perfectly timed egg dusted in cep powder, a highly flavoured cep ice cream and variants of pumpkin. The main course might see you choosing an outstanding dish such as the single, huge plump Orkney Scallop, perfectly timed and topped with grated truffle and including stunning celeriac elements (both purée and pickled). At dessert, the rhubarb and nitro basil salad refreshes the palate perfectly and is presented excellently.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 46
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Closed: false
- Wines over £30: 300
- Wines by the glass: 20
- Cuisine style: Modern European
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.
Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie.
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