Lime Wood

Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder take the helm in Lime Wood’s very fine yet totally unpretentious restaurant. The hotel is a blissfully isolated rural retreat, an elegant country manor that’s more homey than hotel.

However you arrive at Lime Wood, you’re going to be impressed. It’s a vision of meticulously manicured, forest-flanked lawns, soaring sloping roofs and aged stone. Built as a hunting lodge in the 13th century, it’s had an extravagant makeover in recent times, giving a 21st-century spin to the classic country-house hotel. Elegant and stately, but without all the stuffiness that can connote, Lime Wood is the standard bearer for unpretentious indulgence –as, of course, is its headline restaurant…

Seats at the chef’s table in the kitchen – a rare privilege, of course – and the best of the menus accompanied by the theatre of watching the chefs at work. It is a masterstroke of diplomacy and bonhomie.

Gourmet credentials - If you had to choose a cheffy double-act to run a kitchen, you’d be pressed to pick a more perfect pairing than Angela Hartnett (an alumna of Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing turned legend in her own right) and Luke Holder, (fresh from doing stove-time at Tuscan three-star Enoteca Pinchiorri). At Hartnett Holder & Co, they plunder their British and Italian heritage, forage for fungi in neighbouring woods, hand-rear their meat and cure it in the onsite smokehouse to bring refined comfort food – on small, less formal plates – to the tables of their aristocratic-but-cosy dining room.

Top tipple - At 38 pages, the carefully curated wine list might intimidate the non-oenophile, but there’s a helpful sommelier on hand to demystify things – plus an inventive cocktail menu (try the Smoke House martini with smoked vodka and salmon).

Highlights 

— Smokehouse on-site 

— Reared meats and foraged ingredients

— Celebrated chef duo of Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder. 


Rates from £315 per night

To book this hotel visit mrandmrssmith.com.

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