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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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Enlivening brasserie cooking in a restyled railway hotel

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

By all accounts the oldest railway hotel in the world, the early Victorian property is a real charmer. Its historic past is recognised in some decorative touches, but this being a Mal, the overall finish is glamorous and stylish. Settle into the Malbar for a pre-dinner cocktail or head straight into the restaurant with its bare-brick walls and bench seating recalling the old railway couchettes. The brasserie-inspired menu traverses the globe in search of feel-good flavours; prawn cocktail to start, say, or tuna tartare with an Asian spin, or a classic moules marinière. Move on to a Black Angus steak cooked on the grill, porcini risotto or a blinged-up burger.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Saturday
  • Closed for dinner: 25 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef(s): Jan Chmelicek

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European, International
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 16
  • Wines over £30: 42
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 64
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 22
  • Off-site parking available: NCP across road

Additional information

  • Seats: 64
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 22

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