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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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Domestic dinner-party dining of three decades' standing

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Now in its fourth decade of operations, Harry and Caroline Hallam's place retains the 1980s ethos with which it began: a domestic dinner-party feel in their converted farmhouse, from the era when nobody knew what a website was. The short, handwritten menu has been built of long-standing dishes honed to a pitch of straightforward but effective refinement. Opening proceedings could be a hunk of hot-smoked salmon garnished with piccolo tomatoes, basil and crushed coriander seeds and a tartare-style dressing of gherkins, capers and shallots, before Lincoln Red beef takes centre stage, with its accoutrements of spiced apricot and raisin relish, garlicky dauphinoise and julienned carrot in a stock sauce boosted with Armagnac, red wine and herbs. Dessert is always utterly simple, perhaps a ramekin of gentle chocolate mousse topped with mascarpone and blackberries. Extras such as the prune bread and appetisers of feta and olive tartlets round out the whole experience.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, 1 week in year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Harry Hallam

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Classic French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines over £30: 18
  • Wines by the glass: 4

Price guide

  • Starter from: £14.50
  • Main course from £39.50
  • Dessert from: £9
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

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

Additional information

  • Seats: 10
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

1.5 miles northwest of Grantham on B1174.

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Grantham
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