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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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Outstanding quality in a restaurant built for ten

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

The Hallams went for a one-off formula when they opened here about 30 years ago in a converted farmhouse on the road through Great Gonerby near Grantham, and they have quite rightly stuck to their guns. Things don’t get more intimate than the red-walled dining room where 10 guests at three tables are treated to a haven of civilised hospitality, with Caroline seeing that all is well out front and Harry strutting his classically-based stuff in the kitchen. The menu format is as compact as the venue, a daily-changing drill of two choices at each stage, opening with a soup such as locally-sourced celeriac, or something more artfully composed, perhaps lightly-seared Orkney scallops with a spiced marinade and julienned orange and red peppers. Harry doesn’t faff about with foams, gels and the like, but he’s a dab hand with alcohol-fuelled sauces and dressings, as may be seen in mains, when red wine, Armagnac, rosemary, thyme and tarragon might bring to life a dish of Lincoln Red beef fillet with red cabbage, onion, apple, blueberries and horseradish mayonnaise. Finish with rhubarb ice cream and Cointreau syrup, or the signature cherry brandy jelly with yogurt and black pepper. Booking in advance is a must, especially at weekends.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks from 25 December, 2 weeks in August
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Harry Hallam

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 19
  • Wines by the glass: 4

Price guide

  • Starter from 9.50
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

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

Facilities

  • Seats: 10
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 10

Getting here

1.5 miles northwest of Grantham on B1174

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Grantham
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01476 561780 01476 561780
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