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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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Confident modern cooking in bucolic country house

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Esseborne is a dignified Victorian country house where chef Dennis Janssen creates modern dishes that sparkle. It's not all whizz-bang, though, and there is evident classical thinking going on. Pigeon features in a first course with black pudding and cauliflower, with the zippy flavours of cumin and capers, or go for a combination of ham hock terrine with piccalilli and gingerbread. Main-course cod with ox cheek and salsify delivers satisfying flavours, or go for a classic wild mushroom risotto. There's a tasting menu, too, plus contemporary desserts such as an apple and toffee pressing with walnut cake and goats' cheese ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Dennis Janssen

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 50
  • Wines over £30: 37
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Starter from: £6.50
  • Main course from14.50
  • Dessert from: £6.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £18
  • 3-course lunch from: £23
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 35
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 80
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

Halfway between Andover and Newbury on A343, just 1 mile north of Hurstbourne Tarrant.

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