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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

Sudbury House was once the classy Georgian residence of a former BBC Controller of Music, Sir William Glock, and now makes an attractive escape hotel for Cotswolds explorers. Alfresco dining on the patio overlooking the smart gardens is a potent lure in summer, and there's an informal brasserie called Magnolia, but the main action goes on in Restaurant 56, where landscape pictures, gilt-framed mirrors and glass treble clefs on the tables make a genteel backdrop for Andrew Scott's energetically inventive cooking. The principal menus, titled Prime and Progressive, are eight-course tasters, though there is a shorter option too. The first of those might begin with a truffled spin on cauliflower cheese, followed by pigeon and goose liver with Madeira jelly. Red mullet in bisque with pineapple then heralds a main course of Creedy Carver duck with squash purée and a coffee-tinged sauce. Another fascinating main dish is Dexter beef with mustard croquettes, salsify and cola gel. A brace of desserts might see apple and blackberry crumble with custard foam succeeded by buttermilk sorbet with fig mousse and gingerbread. Excellent breads and canapés add value to a memorable all-round experience, and there is a superb wine list, with the option of pre-selected glasses to accompany the multi-stage menus.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: all week (except for private bookings of 8+)
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Andrew Scott, Nick Bennett

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 14
  • Wines over £30: 87
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from: 50
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

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

Additional information

  • Seats: 24
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12

Getting here

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

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