Cliveden is an impressive stately home standing at the end of a long, gravelled boulevard. Now…
The Cliveden Dining Room
“Elegant grandeur and classy dining in a splendidly historic setting.” - AA Inspector
As you might expect, considering its setting in one of England’s finest stately homes, the dining room at Cliveden is extremely grand. Once the drawing room, it has all the lavish details you could wish for, from high ceilings adorned with crystal chandeliers, to ornate marble fireplaces, walls decorated with oil paintings, extravagant antiqued mirrors and gilded Doric columns. The views from the south-facing floor to ceiling windows take in the 19th-century parterre and acres of National Trust gardens leading down to the Thames. There's no better setting for the skilful, switched-on modern British cooking. The menus change with the seasons, and there are vegan/vegetarian versions of both à la carte and the tasting menu (The Great Cliveden Journey). You might begin an early summer meal with a double-baked cheese soufflé with walnut apple salad, or grilled green asparagus served with white asparagus ice cream. Saddle of lamb comes with lamb-fat potatoes, peas, shallot and mint, while ‘textures of carrots’ offers pickled purple, confit white, and salt-baked sand carrots.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 78
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 24
- Wines over £30: 850
- Wines by the glass: 16
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Buckinghamshire is a land of glorious beech trees, wide views and imposing country houses. Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli savoured the peace and tranquillity of Hughenden Manor, while generations of statesmen have entertained world leaders at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s rural retreat. Stowe and Waddesdon Manor are fine examples of even grander houses, set amid sumptuous gardens and dignified parkland.
The Vale of Aylesbury is a vast playground for leisure seekers with around 1,000 miles (1,609km) of paths and tracks to explore. Rising above it are the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 308sq miles (798sq km). They are best appreciated in autumn, when the leaves turn from dark green to deep brown. In the southeast corner of the Chilterns lie the woodland rides of Burnham Beeches, another haven for ramblers and wildlife lovers. Although the county’s history is long and eventful, it’s also associated with events within living memory. At Bletchley Park, more than 10,000 people worked in complete secrecy to try and bring a swift conclusion to World War II. Further south, an otherwise unremarkable stretch of railway line was made infamous by the Great Train Robbery in the summer of 1963.
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