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Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms

AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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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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The front line of contemporary British dining

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

There is something about the approach to Restaurant Sat Bains that increases the anticipation. That’s not because it is a glorious push through one of the UK’s finest vistas, on the contrary, it is a trek through an out-of-town industrial state near a flyover…which is all the better, for it feels like you’re heading to a secret hideaway. There is nothing ‘secret’ about Sat Bains. The man’s reputation precedes him as one of a handful of super-chefs living and working in the country today. And if you want to know what makes him tick, get inside his head, get hold of a copy of Too Many Chefs Only One Indian, Sat’s illuminating autobiographical cookbook. Once you pull up at the handsomely converted Victorian farmhouse and outbuildings, the journey can truly begin, and can be extended if you’ve booked one of the stylish bedrooms. An urban garden provides around 40% of the veg and herbs that make their way to the table, but RSB is not a rural experience, although a pre- or post-dinner drink in the small courtyard garden is perfectly charming. The dining option are multifarious: Chef’s Table, Kitchen Bench, Conservatory, Nucleus (a table in the development kitchen), or the restaurant itself. The seven- and ten-course tasting menus are the mainstay of the restaurant, colour and size coded to inform about the taste elements of each dish (salt, sweet, sour, bitter and umami), and what arrives is an outstanding array of complex, thrilling and inspiring courses. Presentation is pretty thrilling too. A pressed poultry terrine may sound simple enough, but flavours and textures and imagination combine to elevate each course, the terrine with shiitake mushrooms, sweetbreads and a sauternes gelée, while Moroccan spices elevate an already outstanding Anjou pigeon, with dates and black olives. Monkfish ‘bourguignonne’ has the expected flavours, and so much more, with sweet courses delivering the same level of complexity and excitement; a chocolate marquise, for example with elements of coffee and salt, and 25-year-old balsamic. The wine list is a wise collection with lots to grab your attention, with the wine flights up for grabs to ensure food and drink matching is as perfect as everything else.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks in December to January, 1 week in April, 2 weeks in August
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Sat Bains

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 12
  • Wines over £30: 200
  • Wines by the glass: 50

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 46
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 8
  • On-site parking available

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