Review: Restaurant Coworth Park, Surrey


Editor Sophie Ritchie visits Restaurant Coworth Park in Ascot for a night of Michelin-studded dishes in swish countryside surrounds



A restaurant with Romeo and Jus-liet enchantment, Restaurant Coworth Park is as perfect as it gets when it comes to date night dining. When I arrive at 6pm, dusk has already been and gone, leaving Coworth Park hotel surrounded by darkness and twinkling lights that illuminate the building in a soft, pearly glow.

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London’s barely an hour away, easily reachable by train or wheels, which makes this countryside gem ideal for a Saturday night outing. I get here by the former, leaving my car parked on the private road outside (the car park is filled to the brim thanks to a private wedding reception).

I walk through the large doors into the grand main entrance, to find myself greeted by a friendly team who already know my name – which is slightly disconcerting but a rather nice touch – before being lead to the restaurant for the evening’s fine dining performance.

The Venue


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A grandly refined space, walking into the restaurant reveals a room filled with pristine white linen tables and burnished orange chairs. It’s the dramatic oak leaf chandelier which really catches my eye – sitting suspended above the furniture like a Roman emperor’s wreath.

There’s no doubt that this is an elegant restaurant – but it’s the swiftly moving team of staff that bring it to life. They manoeuvre through the room like a choreographed routine as I sit and peruse the menu with my guest, making sure each table has topped up water and correct courses.

The Food & Drink


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Things kick off with a welcoming glass of Champagne –  Laurent-Perrier rosé Champagne, to be exact, with berry hues and swirl of rosy bubbles.

When it comes to ordering, I really appreciate that the team not only already know my dietary requirements (yes, I’m always the fussy one) but also recommend dishes I can have – and more importantly, will like.

We peruse the menu – a list of ingredient-led dishes with plenty of British fare – which displays the likes of Cotswold White Chicken and Highland Wagyu. It’s pleasing to see a range of non-meat dishes too – there’s a Celeriac and Truffle Pie, as well as an intriguing Hen-of-the-woods calling my name before I close the array of chef Adam Smith’s temptations.

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For starters, I begin with sea scallop – deliciously sliced medallions of fish arranged together in a circle of succulent pearly fish – cooked to perfection and melting like butter in my mouth.

My guest opted for the Langoustine, which arrives as a duo of skewers accompanied with cauliflower, citrus and white truffle for a surprisingly zesty bite.

For mains, I’m back in the water with another fish dish. I try the delicate Cornish Turbot paired with ceps, nasturtium and Champagne. Like all exquisite things, it’s very simple – presented upon the plate with glistening white meat and a simple salad garnish.  It’s also served with a glass of, surprising, red – which gives beautiful warmth to the meaty flavours.

Onto the final course of the night – dessert.  Although it’s not one for the dairy-free crowd, my dining companion orders the Valrhona milk chocolate with silky hazelnut ice cream. It arrives with such a velvety  gleam that my eyes glaze over as much as its exterior – with shards of edible gold foil that complete the masterpiece. A soon untenanted plate confirms that it tasted every bit as good as it looked.

The Wordrobe Verdict


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Elegant interiors, welcoming staff and delicious dishes that’ll leave you wishing you’d learned to chew slower. At Coworth Park, quality comes before quantity and it shows – or in this case, shines.

Make it happen
Where: Blacknest Rd, Sunningdale, Ascot SL5 7SE
Wallet: £80 for three courses. Browse the full menu here.
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.

Words by Sophie Ritchie, editor

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