The Belvedere Arms, Sunninghill - Restaurant review
PUBLISHED: 17:03 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:50 28 February 2013
A haunt of the rich and famous, The Belvedere Arms, in Sunninghill, has just undergone a makeover. Tessa Harris did some celebrity spotting and ate there, too
The last time I ate at The Belvedere Arms in Sunninghill Hugh Grant was at the bar. This time I saw polos poster boy Henry Brett. Ive also seen Gary Lineker there and I hear Chris Evans, Sir Cliff Richard, Liz Brewer and, Bobby Davro are also regulars, so straight away youll realise that this is a very popular, buzzy bar and restaurant, especially in the evenings.
On my recent visit The Belvedere was celebrating its partial refurbishment with a series of sparkle events. (Apparently its an investment programme to keep the place looking, well, sparkling.) The new-look interior was very smart. I loved the charcoal prints of horses on the walls and the patio was looking pristine, but I still wasnt quite sure about the sparkle.
The new menu is in spring/summer mode. Its still modern British but dishes are a little lighter and comfortably interwoven with some Mediterranean influences. We were a party of four and complimentary breads and oil were a nice touch.
For starters meaty and moist scallops were perfectly cooked and teamed with creamy dolcelatte sauce. Flat mushrooms came with a generous round of goats cheese in a garlicky dressing and tender asparagus was wrapped in Serreno ham with a poached egg and faultless Hollandaise.
I followed my excellent starter with a slightly disappointing risotto from the specials menu featuring salmon, cod and prawns. It was a little too watery and a twist of pepper and some parmesan shavings would not have gone amiss. My friends linguine with Chorizo, King Prawns, Crab and Chilli ( 11.55) was a little on the fiery side but was generous with the prawns and a Rustica from the Fired Pizza menu came topped with lashings of roasted vegetables and goats cheese and was declared delicious.
My husband loved the sound of Persian Spiced Lamb Chops with Tzatziki and Red Onion Salad (13.95) and Pang Pang Chicken salad with Satay, Cashew Nuts and Cucumber sounded the perfect summer dish at 5.95 for a starter or 9.95 for a main. But they will be for next time.
Puddings were excellent. The creamiest of vanilla cheesecakes, the richest of brownies and the crumbliest of apple and blackberry crumbles.
I may have been left slightly baffled by the sparkle but what I do know is that The Belvedere is the place to go around the Ascot area for an exciting night out with good food. You could say it was more glitz than sparkle.
The Belvedere Arms, London Road
Ascot, SL5 7SB
Tel: 01344 870 931, www.thebelvederearms.co.uk