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AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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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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Tireless attention to detail in a beautifully restored country house

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

A Plantagenet longhouse, where family and livestock rubbed along together side by side, was once all there was here. It still stands, but was supplemented by a L-shaped Restoration manor eventually, itself much extended by a Victorian owner. It's an architectural historian's paradise, and perhaps another sort of heaven to those looking for a country-house refuge. Smartly attired with botanical wallpapers, elegant furniture and a mellow decorative tone in the dining room, it aims to soothe at every turn. Staff contribute to the restful demeanour of the place, and Allister Barsby's arrival as executive chef in early 2016 guarantees that culinary imagination remains the principal driver. Dishes of impeccable modernity flow forth: veal sweetbreads with caramelised cauliflower, confit lemon, gremolata and sherry foam to start, or perhaps scallops in yogurt with vanilla-scented chicken jus and raisin vinaigrette. East Asian notes are never too distant in the new British cooking, so don't be surprised to find soy-spiked shiitake purée, bok choy salad and lemongrass foam with the poached sea bass, while Welsh lamb receives its due celebration in a main course that combines the Provençal elements of red pepper, courgette and confit fennel with tangy sheep's curd. A veggie main course may be parmesan and rosemary gnocchi with wild garlic, dressed in egg yolk vinaigrette and rosemary foam. At dessert, there could be something as unabashedly classical as a pistachio soufflé with its own ice cream and bitter chocolate sauce, as well as more obviously contemporary trends in the shape of roast pineapple with kaffir lime, mango sorbet and chilli syrup. English, Cornish and Welsh cheeses served with tomato jelly are from the top drawer, and so is the wondrous wine list, which offers a world of exploration, opening with 11 fine selections by the glass.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef: Peter Whaley, Allister Barsby

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 300
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 54
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 25
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 54
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 25

Getting here

From A40, take A478 to Narberth. Continue past castle and Herons Brook, turn right bottom of hill

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