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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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Fascinating contemporary cooking and a Flemish tapestry

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Great Fosters is a many-gabled red-brick Tudor mansion that once lay within the bounds of Windsor Great Park, and was originally the home of Sir John Dodderidge, James I's solicitor-general. Its 50 acres of gardens and parkland provide ample space for strolling, and make it a popular local resource for stylish weddings, but the main dining room is an unexpectedly intimate space of just seven tables, with sconce lights on russet silk-lined walls and a large dramatic 17th-century Flemish tapestry, all reflected in an expansive mirror. Contemporary cooking of fascinating visual panache and careful balancing of elements is Douglas Balish's business, its three-course menu structure fleshed out with intermediate dishes such as an opening olive oil sorbet with pressed kohlrabi, peas and tarragon, and the wondrous langoustine tea, a bowl of crystal-clear shellfish consommé poured over a single plump shellfish garlanded with slivered radish. In among these extras, the principal dishes are all the more impressive: crisp-skinned sea bream with marine flora, cucumber and caviar, and a splendid presentation of pork loin, crackled belly and barbecue-sauced cheek, alongside finely shredded cabbage and bacon, caramelised shallots and piccalilli. Celebrate the opening of the strawberry season with gariguette berries in poached, jelly and ice cream guises, served with baked vanilla custard and goats’ yogurt. Elsewhere, rhubarb is royally treated to accompaniments of bergamot, white chocolate and gingerbread, or you might opt for a quintet of British cheeses with truffle honey, fig chutney, quince and pecans. Well-chosen wines by the glass lead the charge on an authoritative list.

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Opening hours

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


  • Chef(s): Douglas Balish

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 245
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 24
  • On-site parking available

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 mile on right.

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