This delightful country-house hotel, set in 120 acres of grounds, provides every modern comfort…
Steve Smith at Latymer
“Stunning modern food in delightful country house hotel.” - AA Inspector
Set in the creeper-covered Victorian manor at the heart of the 123-acre Pennyhill estate, the Latymer is encircled by elegant gardens, wild woodland and golf course. It’s a genteel and luxurious space with panelled walls and rich floral fabrics all contributing to a formal and elegant setting for food of thrilling modernity. Steve Smith’s contemporary cooking techniques are showcased on six-course tasting menus and the seasonal menu is constantly evolving. You might start with Carlingford oyster, brassicas and buckwheat, pickled broccoli stems, puffed buckwheat and oyster juice foam, before moving on to Orkney scallop, celeriac and truffle, apple and smoked eel. Herdwick lamb loin with a deep flavour is served with ‘Caesar’-style confit potato, wild garlic emulsion and gem lettuce. Round things off with cherry and shiso Napoleon, the fresh cherries infused in Kirsch with whipped yogurt and cherry compôte between the layers of puff pastry.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 46
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Closed: First 2 weeks January
- Wines over £30: 300
- Wines by the glass: 20
- Cuisine style: Modern European
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.
Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie.
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