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Colette's at The Grove


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Once the little old place that the Earls of Clarendon called home, The Grove is these days a country-house hotel that seemingly has the lot, including an urban beach, which is quite a feat within the embrace of the M25. Winding elevated walkways uncoil through the estate, and in the great house itself, there are spa treatments, period architectural adornments, and a trio of dining options to keep you diverted, the acme being Colette's. In a gentle ambience of primrose walls and comfortable cream leather armchairs, Russell Bateman cooks up a storm, building a modern British repertoire on classical French foundations. First out of the blocks might be a precision-timed lobe of roasted duck foie gras with orange-laced butternut squash and mustard leaves, or perhaps scallop tartare with an oyster, celeriac and apple. All items are treated with respect, as in a translucently cooked fillet of cod with smoked roe and leeks in a buttery sauce dusted with powdered burnt leek, or loin and faggot of Wiltshire venison with pumpkin in a wintry mulled wine sauce. Desserts are immaculately turned out to look and taste their best, as when a pistachio cake comes crowned with Alunga chocolate mousse, alongside satsuma sorbet and pistachio ice cream.

Further information

Tel: 01923 807807
& 296015
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open all year.
Days closed: Sun-Mon (ex BHs)
Days closed for lunch: all week

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern European
Chef: Russell Bateman
Number of seats: 44
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
No children under 16 yrs.
Parking available.



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M25 junct 19, follow signs to Watford. At 1st large rdbt take 3rd exit. 0.5m, entrance on right
Nearest station: Watford Junction

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