Set in 240 acres of stunning parkland, Coworth Park is part of the luxury Dorchester Collection…
Woven by Adam Smith
“Stunning cooking from a chef at the top of his game.” - AA Inspector
Set in 240 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland, Coworth Park is a Georgian mansion sitting amidst wildflower meadows like a particularly glamourous wedding cake. It’s a splendid place, all high ceilings and period detail, and a revamp of the restaurant has finally put Adam Smith’s name above the door. Inspired by nature, the dining room is a luxurious space decorated in soothing autumnal shades of apricot and gold, with bespoke art including a fabulous plaster relief of root vegetables. This is quite a theatrical experience; you can see the snacks you’ll be served at the beginning of your meal being prepared as you arrive, and downlights over each table make sure your attention is fully focused on the food. The seasonal menu is an entrancing experience, where dishes tell a story using some of the best produce in the country. The staff are seriously great, extremely knowledgeable and offering relaxed, slick service. The wine list is suitably impressive, and the cooking is up there with the very best in the country. The snacks you saw as you arrived are truly delightful mouthfuls to get you in the mood – perhaps a stunning cheese sablé tartlet with a base of white asparagus purée, yuzu and basil, topped with golden caviar. Breads are wonderful, too, and a spring menu might begin with a rather decadent dish of barbecue scallop with Yorkshire rhubarb two ways (gel and compôte), finger lime pearls, and XO granita. An indulgent dish of Cornish turbot is topped with a light lobster mousse full of flavour, with a medallion of lobster and caviar to finish. Finally, citrus rice – a crispy ‘florentine’ style disk topped with a light, rice pudding inspired mousse paired with a vibrant blood orange jelly, is garnished with white chocolate and an excellent cardamom and vanilla ice cream.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 66
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 4
- Wines over £30: 400
- Wines by the glass: 18
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
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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