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The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

AA Wine Award (England) 2018-19
AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
AA rating

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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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Highly polished cooking with the accent on fun

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The Harrow sounds like a rustic gastro pub and although it does indeed look like many red-brick, creeper-clad Victorian country inns, its well-earned status as a food and wine lover’s mecca becomes apparent once you’re inside. Tastefully modernised, the tone is deeply relaxing in the best country manner, the dining room a white-linened space with high-backed black chairs and artworks on pale walls. Chef-patron Roger Jones has made a name for the place by buying only natural and free-range produce of remarkable quality, much of it from artisan growers and traders, and treating it with exemplary skill and simplicity. Multi-course menus are the order of the day, with tasters in six or eight stages, the latter also available in vegetarian and vegan modes, plus a five-course lunch offering. Dishes are clutter free and everything tastes of what it is, so the eight-course workout might open with cured salmon pointed up with ewe cheese curd and Siberian caviar, while venison tartare relies on the sheer quality of the meat for its impact. Elsewhere, foraged herbs and chilli squid make a flavour-packed accompaniment to Cornish line-caught lemon sole, before the main course arrives in the form, perhaps, of roast free-range quail with foie gras and Puy lentils. Dessert could be a majestically airborne strawberry soufflé, or perhaps an imaginative chocolate and coffee-based confection. If you're on the meat-free trail, expect a parade of equally imaginative dishes extending from an aromatic Périgord truffle risotto with cep cream, through to a Mediterranean spread of grilled aubergine with honey, paprika, grilled halloumi and smoked tomatoes. To say that wine is taken very seriously here is a massive understatement, and the expert pairings with the menus – with the option of upgrading to Coravin servings of the likes of decades-old Mosel Riesling, mature-vine burgundies and aged Napa Cabernet – are reliably spot-on.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas and New Year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 11

Chef

  • Chef(s): Roger Jones, John Brown

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 250
  • Wines over £30: 750
  • Wines by the glass: 40

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 34
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Getting here

Between Marlborough and Hungerford, well signed.

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Nearest train station

Bedwyn
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