What it's like to dine at Restaurant Coworth Park
PUBLISHED: 16:16 21 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:18 21 October 2019
Dining at Restaurant Coworth Park is an experience never to be forgotten, says Sarah Rodi
The Dorchester Collection's luxury country house hotel, Coworth Park in Ascot, needs no introduction. One of England's most iconic hotels, it is renowned for its countryside charm and for being a culinary destination, having been awarded the Michelin star of excellence, and also where Prince Harry stayed the night before his wedding.
As we drove up the long driveway to the Mansion House, passing the vast 240 acres of parkland and meadows and the luxurious spa, I knew it was the right destination for my husband's birthday lunch.
The impeccable manners of the staff did not go unnoticed as we were welcomed into Restaurant Coworth Park and shown to our table near the window, offering stunning views over the rose terrace.
Two chilled glasses of Champagne were delivered as we took in our surroundings: we loved the exquisite oak leaf chandelier and the room was elegant but not stuffy.
We were given the menu to browse, which offers a modern outlook on classic British dishes, but our waiter said executive chef Adam Smith was hoping we'd try his taster menu, so of course, we obliged.
We enjoyed outstanding service from our sommelier before our tasting experience began with delicate little 'snacks' of watercress, potato, cheese, ham and cured trout, a tiny cornet of miso, avocado and pickled turnip, and cod's roe and apple. These were so beautifully presented - we couldn't get over the little cornets - and each bite was a little mouthful of vibrant flavours and luxury.
Next to try was Adam's signature dish, a caviar tart with fresh Cornish crab, light crème fraîche and shortcrust pastry garnished with seasonal herbs and flowers from Coworth Park's estate. I had heard about this in advance of our visit, so I was delighted it was on our tasting menu. It looked too beautiful to eat, but we forced ourselves to tuck in and we loved it. Every mouthful was pure pleasure.
BBQ langoustines with cabbage came next and they were really tasty and succulent. We were in our element and my hubby said he was having the best brithday.
Not knowing what was coming next meant every dish was a real surprise, and the salt-aged Waterford Farm beef with broccoli, sweetbread and Baron Bigod did not disappoint.
Soon it was time for a dessert of blackcurrant, vanilla and meringue and the explosion of tangy fruit and the crunch of sweet meringue was divine.
We couldn't believe it when a second pudding arrived - a mango and passionfruit tart with yuzu, vanilla and sorbet. This dish was so beautiful - it would make the perfect dessert at a wedding reception. And it tasted as delicious as it looked.
Our final surprise came when Adam arrived at our table to meet us - and I know it's probably not cool to say, but we were a little bit in awe! We had been so blown away by his dishes. He is extremely talented and we rushed to compliment him on his food, but he was very humble. Adam told me: "I want what we do at Restaurant Coworth Park to keep people coming back for more, and I want it to be something they remember for the rest of their lives."
This was certainly a day I will remember for the rest of my life. This is five-star luxury. This is perfection.
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