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Humphry's at Stoke Park

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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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Innovative contemporary country-club cuisine

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Few of Britain’s country houses come with the pedigree of Stoke Park. The 300 luxuriant acres, including restful parkland and lakes, were turned into Britain's first country club in 1908, but the building and grounds themselves reach back considerably further in time than that. In the 1790s, Humphry Repton was hired to make over 'Capability' Brown's magnificent landscaped grounds, which have since morphed into an estate of many parts, with a championship golf course (all 27 holes of it), 13 tennis courts (tournaments are held here), state-of-the-art spa and leisure facilities, a gym and an indoor pool. It’s extensive enough to provide a fine outdoor concert venue, and impressive enough to earn its keep as a location for numerous films from James Bond to Bridget Jones. Surveying it all, the elegant domed and pillared mansion house at its centre deserves all of its five stars: the opulent interiors are splendidly preserved, and come with the full complement of fine oil paintings, antiques and all the architectural bells and whistles you would expect in a top-flight luxury hotel. When it comes to dining, the cream of the options is Humphry’s, a magnificent room, with a marble fireplace, an intricate plasterwork ceiling, a soothing decor of golds and yellows, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake. In charge of the kitchen is Chris Wheeler, who has his job cut out to live up to the lavish surroundings and the weight of special occasion diners’ expectations. But fear not, there’s no doubting that his cooking is on song – he makes it his mission to ensure that your culinary memories of Stoke Park will live long, and achieves it with innovative dishes that mobilise the full range of contemporary technique, while maintaining respect for the prime materials. Naturally, in such high-toned setting, luxury ingredients abound – that's clear from the off in starters such as lobster and ginger bisque served with ravioli packed with moist and sweet lobster, or that stalwart of the country house repertoire, foie gras, served glazed and accompanied by spicy bread, plum compôte and ginger. Main courses effortlessly underline the kitchen’s class, among them a highly-detailed composition built around pan-roasted stone bass, which arrives with various textures of cauliflower, trumpet mushrooms, and king prawn and lemongrass dumplings. Meat is also handled with dazzling attention to detail: loin, belly and cheek of pork could be matched with black pudding (made in-house, naturally), choucroute, houmous, charred baby gem lettuce and a deeply flavoured pork sauce, or beef fillet with truffled potato terrine, sherry-glazed onions, watercress purée and red wine jus. Puddings hold form with the rest of the output, perhaps passionfruit soufflé with raspberry and lime sorbet and passionfruit sauce, or consider the peak-condition English and French cheeses.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 24–26 December, 1st week in January
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef: Chris Wheeler

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30: 90
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Starter from : 11.50
  • Main course from: 27.50
  • Dessert from: 11.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 9
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 146
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 146

Getting here

M4 junction 6 or M40 junction 2, take A355 towards Slough, then B416. Stoke Park in 1.25 miles on the right

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Slough, Gerrards Cross
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