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20 Dragon Street, PETERSFIELD, GU31 4JJ

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Jake Watkins' place is a Stuart coaching inn looking out on the centre of town, its connections rooted sufficiently deeply into Petersfield's past that it has three underground tunnels linking to other buildings, including one to what was the convent (maybe don't ask). The old cellar is now stuffed with the restaurant's authoritative wine stock, and the bedrooms have been comfortably kitted out for the stoppers. Watkins has been doing cutting-edge cookery here for a long while, but his inventiveness and enthusiasm are undimmed. Resisting the tendency to over-garnish, he presents witty takes on recognisable culinary currents, as when quail arrives sitting proud on an open raviolo with home-produced raisins and truffle. Suckling pig comes, with irresistible logic, 'with what it eats', before main courses usher on the likes of a spag bol makeover done with lamb, slow-cooked tomatoes and basil, or juxtapose sea bass delicately with lightly spiced mussels and lettuce. At dessert, there may be a fairgroundy spin on knickerbocker glory made with autumn fruits and cinnamon doughnuts, or a rice pudding cheesecake hybrid layered with tropical fruits. The multi-course tasters take you on a virtual mystery tour, with just the star ingredients credited - scallops, salmon, duck, lamb, and so intriguingly forth.

Further information

Tel: 01730 262030
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Mon-Tue
Dates closed: 2 wks Jan, May & summer
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Wed
Days closed for dinner: Sun

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Jake Watkins
Number of seats: 58
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 6 yrs.
Parking available.



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A3 to town centre, follow one-way system to College St which becomes Dragon St, restaurant on left
Nearest station: Petersfield

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