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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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Resourceful international cooking behind the butchers

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Tucked into a brick-paved back alley in the town centre, the bistro has an old beamed interior and a British menu that makes excursions to the Mediterranean and East Asia. First up might be Serrano ham with salami, figs and pine nuts in sherry dressing, or perhaps a well-risen twice-baked cheese soufflé with poached pear and caramelised walnuts. Follow with a seafood main of Duart salmon and tiger prawns in soy and ginger broth, with crispy noodles, brown rice and bok choy, or there might be Gatcombe lamb rack and braised belly with bubble-and-squeak and baby turnips. Dark chocolate cheesecake with malted-milk Malteser ice cream makes a great finish.

Opening hours

  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 11.45
  • Lunch served until: 2.45
  • Dinner served from: 6.45
  • Dinner served until: 9.45


  • Chef(s): David Witnall

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 35
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Starter from: £7
  • Main course from17
  • Dessert from: £7.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £15
  • 3-course lunch from: £19.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 55
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • Off-site parking available: Old station car park

Getting here

In town centre between the parish church and Roman Museum, behind Jesse Smith the Butchers.

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