Great Fosters, Stroude Road, EGHAM, TW20 9UR
The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef. Reassessment will take place in due course under the new chef. The stately-looking Great Fosters has a history going back 500 years and has original features and character galore, as well as meeting (and exceeding) contemporary expectations for comfort and facilities. There are two dining options: the Estate Grill is the more easy-going venue, with an upscale brasserie-style menu, and then there is the Tudor Room, where a large 17th-century tapestry takes pride of place. It's a grandly formal space (seating only 24) with rich, elegant decor and tables dressed up for the business of fine dining. The cooking is broadly modern European in approach, with the estate providing its considerable bounty, including fruit, vegetables and meats, and what isn't home-produced doubtless won't have travelled too far. New chef Nik Chappell demonstrates a real understanding of flavour and a keen instinct for innovating in dishes such as an opening wholegrain mustard macaroon on truffled goats' cheese, served with confit tomatoes, nuts and balsamic caviar. He is equally at home with the more obviously classical approach of pressed duck confit and foie gras terrine, albeit one served with pistachio custard, ribbons of rhubarb and vivid pink rhubarb ice cream. Main courses look to traditional French ways for poached lemon sole, which comes in a broth of clams, cockles, white beans and garlic with a serving of fennel, while crisp-skinned Goosnargh duck breast is sauced with a rich, sticky reduction and accompanied by sweet salsify and turnips. Well-judged compositions are also the hallmark of desserts such as crème caramel, caramel jelly and honeycomb, served with a Thai-spiced lemongrass and lime leaf ice cream, or a pavé of high-quality white chocolate with salt-baked pineapple and passionfruit sorbet.
Tel: 01784 433822
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Days closed: Sun-Tue
Dates closed: 2 wks Jan, 2 wks Aug
Days closed for lunch: Wed-Thu, Sat
Cooking type: Modern European
Chef: Douglas Balish
Number of seats: 24
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Vegetarian meals available.
A30 (Bagshot to Staines) right at lights by Wheatsheaf pub into Christchurch Rd. Straight on at rdbt (pass 2 shop parades on right). Left at lights into Stroude Rd. Hotel 0.75m on right
Nearest station: Egham