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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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Inventive Cotswold tasting menus in Georgian splendour

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Perched at the edge of the Cotswolds in the hinterland between Oxford and Swindon, Sudbury House has been treated to an extensive refurbishment. The pick of its dining options is Restaurant 56, an elegantly appointed room with striped curtains, rococo gilt mirror-frames and tables got up in regal crimson. It makes an unexpectedly traditional framework for some thoroughgoing contemporary cooking, which Andrew Scott presents in the form of three menus. ‘Choice’ is a three-course carte, ‘Prime’ a seven-course taster, and ‘Progressive’ the full bells-and-whistles nine dishes. Innovation and excitement abound, as for 'Tongue in Cheek', a serving of veal tongue under a cannelloni roll of the cheek with crispy onions, nasturtium purée and honey vinegar gel. Norwegian cod might be poached with coconut, and served on peanut sauce with spring onions, for a touch of Thai, or there may be a pair of porks, Royal Windsor and Ibérico, with creamed sweetcorn, girolles, a baby leek and a melting croquette filled with béchamel. Dessert could be a curd made of lulo (an orange-flavoured South American fruit) with smashed gingerbread, lime-leaf ice cream and cigarillos of meringue.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: all week (except for private bookings for 6+ Tuesday to Saturday 12-1.30pm)
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Andrew Scott, Nick Bennett

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 12
  • Wines over £30: 126
  • Wines by the glass: 23

Price guide

  • 2-course dinner from: £45
  • 3-course dinner from: £55
  • Tasting menu from: £65
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 24
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

M40 junction 9, A34 Swindon, follow A420 towards Swindon/Oxford.

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