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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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Convivial long-running Italian with classic cooking

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

It has been honoured by Italian newspaper La Stampa as 'the English temple of Italian cuisine', which seems an extraordinary accolade for an unassuming, albeit heartily convivial restaurant. Chef-patron, the tireless Giorgio Alessio, oversees a venue done out in colour schemes of reds and oranges, and sunny yellow and sky-blue, in the two dining rooms. The menu features simple, well-handled Italian cooking of the classic school: velvet crab with spaghetti and a creamy sauce, ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach in a tomato and basil sauce, and meaty options such as medallions of fillet steak served rare with garlic butter. Finish with pannacotta flavoured with rum.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks in October, 25–26 December, 1 January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Giorgio Alessio

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Italian Seafood
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 31
  • Wines over £30: 33
  • Wines by the glass: 5

Price guide

  • Starter from: £7.95
  • Main course from15.95
  • Dessert from: £7.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 35
  • Off-site parking available: On street, car park nearby

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