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Michael Wignall at The Latymer

Pennyhill Park Hotel & The Spa, London Road, BAGSHOT, GU19 5EU

5 rosettes

Pennyhill Park is the ideal place for a perfectionist like Michael Wignall, because everything about the place is precise and refined. The original building was constructed for a 19th-century businessman and everything within is either classically elegant or cutting-edge modern. The spa alone covers 45,000 square feet, then there's the 123 acres of wooded parkland, a golf course and even a rugby pitch, which is a favoured training ground of the England squad, and an elegant brasserie restaurant. The shining star, though, is Michael Wignall at The Latymer, the landmark restaurant and holder of five of our rosettes. Located in the main Victorian house, looking out over the beautiful grounds, The Latymer is an intimate room full of period character with oak panelling and stained-glass windows, given a gentle modernity by the contemporary colour palette. The menu options depend on the day you visit, with the carte offering up six choices per course on Tuesday to Wednesday evenings, and the full-whack tasting menu with ten courses up for grabs on Tuesday to Saturday evenings. Lunch is a good entry point if you want to get a measure of the place for pretty much half the price. The cooking is technically precise, clever without ever losing its way, and everything looks perfect on the plate. The ten-course tasting menu might get things rolling with a mosaic of Goosnargh corn-fed chicken and duck, the flavours and textures singing in harmony, with baked celeriac, couscous and a liquorice powder. Each flavour and texture on the plate plays its part in making an impact. Warm pastrami of Anjou squab comes with poached and roasted foie gras, cocoa granola, Stilton, spiced apple and a Pedro Ximenez jelly in a highly creative course that balances strong flavours with a subtle hand. Another savoury course puts together razor and Palourde clams with cockles in a cassoulet, with cuttlefish gnocchi and poached quail's egg. There's a cheese course before the sweets - Vacherin Mont d'Or, perhaps, with Manchego sablé and quince. Expect plenty of craft and creativity among desserts, too, not least in a dish of Jerusalem artichoke cheesecake, which is served with a salted caramel ganache, white chocolate namelaka (a Japanese term meaning 'creamy texture') and peanut butter powder. The service team are a class act, and you can put yourself in the heart of the culinary action if you wish, by booking the chef's table (a funky bubble-glass one with adjustable lighting). To cap it all off, the wine list is a stellar piece of work, and there is a wine flight option for every dish.

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Tel: 01276 471774
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Days closed: Sun-Mon (open Sun BHs but closed following Tue)
Dates closed: 1-14 Jan
Days closed for lunch: Tue, Sat

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern European
Chef: Michael Wignall
Number of seats: 50
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
No children under 12 yrs.
Parking available.

 

Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £38.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
Michael Wignall at The Latymer, Bagshot

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M3 junct 3, through Bagshot, left onto A30. 0.5m on right
Nearest station: Bagshot

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