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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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Creative cooking in a grand manor house

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

It’s all about impeccable pedigree at Great Fosters – the magnificent 16th-century mansion really wins hearts with its magnificent gables, soaring chimneys, Saxon moat and glorious landscaped gardens. With 50 acres to explore including a tennis court, croquet lawn and a heated outdoor pool, the place is achingly English and formal, and does a roaring trade on the wedding circuit. When it comes to dining, the intimate Tudor Room is all you might expect in this setting – richly decorated, plush and stylish, with a 17th-century tapestry taking pride of place. The head chef’s first call for fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs is the estate, and what isn’t home produced is sourced with quality in mind. His menus demonstrate a deep understanding of how flavours work together, bolstered by respect for the ingredients and a keen instinct for creativity. A well-conceived starter could see perfectly seared scallops arrive with broccoli purée, crunchy hazelnut and truffle shavings, or the richness of smoked eel offset by grapes and nasturtium. Main courses aim for intense flavours in dishes such as Himalayan salt-aged venison with turnip, chanterelle mushrooms and blackberry, or turbot matched with cauliflower, gnocchi and capers. Well-judged combinations are also the hallmark of desserts such as passionfruit sorbet with mango sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks in January, 1 week at Easter, 2 weeks in August
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday and Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.15

Chef

  • Chef: Douglas Balish

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 245
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 24
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 24

Getting here

A30 (Bagshot to Staines) right at lights by Wheatsheaf pub into Christchurch Road. Straight on at roundabout (pass 2 shop parades on right). Left at lights into Stroude Road. Hotel 0.75 miles on right

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Egham
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