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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Impeccable contemporary cooking in a reassembled timbered house

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The entrance to Paris House never fails to impress, through a grand gateway and across 22 acres of deer park in the Duke of Bedford’s Woburn estate. The ostensibly Tudor manor is actually a Victorian facsimile built originally in 1878 for the International Exhibition in Paris, where it caught the eye of the 9th Duke, who shipped it all back from the Rue des Nations to Bedfordshire flat pack-style for reassembling. If you find yourself ambling around the gardens to sharpen the appetite for the gastronomic extravaganza that awaits, look for the bomb shelter that was built, so legend has it, as a bolthole for Winston Churchill to chill out in while up doing work at nearby Bletchley Park. The windows may be mullioned, but after a top-to-toe refurbishment in early 2017, the interiors set a suitably up-to-date note – think funky red chandeliers and eye-catching original artworks – for Phil Fanning's ingeniously fresh fusion ideas. Asian influences underpin the menus, which are headed in Roman numerals by their numbers of courses, starting with a fairly leisurely VI at lunch, and extending into the full-works VIII and X at dinner. Timings and techniques are spot on, and the cooking involves a high degree of invention – if you’re going for broke with the full-works 10-course version, expect a succession of astonishing ideas all vying for pole position on the diner’s palate. Brill might open the itinerary, with the lively accompaniments of coconut, grapefruit and turmeric, before tandoori-spiced rabbit appears with yogurt and mango chutney. Next up, a pasta-based dish matched with confit egg yolk and Parmesan, all aromatised with the sensuous note of truffle might lead on to more of those Asian flavours in an idea combining crispy pork with pickled ginger and pungent kimchi. The kitchen is adept at squeezing every molecule of flavour out of the first-class ingredients, thus fish dishes might see turbot with palm heart and chou farci in a clever marine version of pot au feu, while the main meat offering combines Challans duckling with red miso and mushrooms. A plate of artisan cheeses ripened to prime condition makes an extremely tempting optional extra before a fashionable crossover dish of parsnip pannacotta with maple, bacon and parsnip flakes segues into a brace of dessert courses, perhaps an off-the-wall medley of blackberries, olive oil red wine and toasted marzipan, followed by an invigorating trio of poached rhubarb, white chocolate and Buddha’s hand lemon, or perhaps a reinvented take on the tiramisú theme involving pear, marsala, coffee and mascarpone to close the show. The attention to detail throughout is astonishing, and the accompanying wine flights worth the outlay for their revelatory matching flavours.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas
  • Days closed: Monday to Wednesday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Phil Fanning

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 3
  • Wines over £30: 99
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 37
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 37
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14

Getting here

M1 junction 13. From Woburn take A4012 signed Hockliffe. Restaurant 1mile from Woburn on left

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Woburn Sands
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