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Eat Out to Help Out
There’s been a lot in the news about the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme which has been designed to kick-start hospitality in the UK by giving diners 50% off food and soft drinks in restaurants from Monday to Wednesday. The first few weeks of the campaign have been hailed a resounding success by many in hospitality.
There’s still time for you all to enjoy dining out on this initiative as it runs until the end of August. We’ve delved into the Eat Out to Help Out website and our own databases to find venues which are running the saving scheme and have also achieved the new AA confidence mark. This was designed to show you that an establishment has in place the necessary risk assessment, safety measures and staff training to reopen safely, in line with the UK's respective government and trade association guidelines. Take a look at our top picks!
Restaurants where the gardener gets equal billing with the chef are rare beasts indeed, but that’s the case at Horto, set in the 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland of Rudding Park. The steward of the productive kitchen garden works in perfect synergy with the team to create dishes built on unimpeachable seasonal freshness. Choose between the concise á la carte or seven-course taster menu for food that brings together this peerless produce in exciting and adventurous ways. The menu restricts descriptions to three-word listings, so scallop might be paired with potato and caviar, or superb Cornish turbot with mussel and parsnip.
An ornate arched portico announces the Canterbury branch of the go-ahead gastronomic hotel chain, which offers a champagne bar for that indispensable aperitif, and an expansive dining room with varnished floor, white walls and an appealing modern brasserie feel. There is also a chef's table, where up to a dozen inquisitive types can keep a beady eye on the kitchen flurry. The name of the game is well-balanced, technically accomplished cooking with much use of Kentish produce, and there’s a tasting menu if you fancy it.
Frog by Adam Handling
Adam Handling's chic venue in Covent Garden is a dream of contemporary design, with bare wood floors, black granite tables, floor-to-ceiling street views and an open kitchen, exactly the disposition London expects to see when eating out today. Artworks add eye-catching lustre to the place, including a depiction of Piccadilly Circus, and Handling's menus offer momentous, technically accomplished dishes that make big statements.
The Terrace Restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel
The Montagu Arms sits in a prime New Forest spot and takes its name from the blue-blooded family who live across the river on the Beaulieu estate. It’s the quintessential wisteria-draped, 17th-century country hotel. With its oak panels, linen-swathed tables and French windows opening onto a sun-trap garden, the Terrace Restaurant sets a suitably elegant tone for some fine-tuned and innovative cooking from new-broom head chef Matthew Whitfield, who took the helm in 2019.
The Greenway Hotel & Spa
Set in Shurdington, on the verdant outskirts of leafy Cheltenham, The Greenway is an Elizabethan manor house of Cotswold stone, its façade half-hidden in clambering ivy. The Garden Restaurant is named after its soothing view, with a majestic stone fireplace and venerable oak panelling adding lustre. Marcus McGuinness is a model modern-day practitioner, overseeing a thriving kitchen garden, engaging in forays into the countryside to gather wild provender, and sourcing thoroughbred prime materials, before turning it all into elegant, eye-catching dishes of striking character.
Once home to the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, author of Vanity Fair, the lovely, white-weatherboarded old building of Thackeray's dates back more than 300 years. Inside, it’s full of delightful period details – sloping ceilings, odd little corners, uneven steps – a fine setting, with bags of character. The dining room is a great combination of ancient and modern, with stylishly up-to-date touches and smart table settings. The food, too, is elegantly contemporary and intelligently constructed, with precise presentation and refined, intricate re-workings of classic combinations. Service hits all the right notes of friendliness and professionalism.
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