Review: Ston Easton Park
PUBLISHED: 14:27 22 December 2016
Charlotte Skidmore enjoys a lovely lunch in a gorgeous setting
Attentive, friendly staff and fine food – that’s what you can expect to find when you visit Ston Easton Park.
I’ve had dinner a couple of times at this picturesque country hotel near Bath, but this was my first experience of lunch here and oh boy was it good.
There’s a choice of the à la carte market garden menu (one course for £18, two for £28 or three for £35) or the five course tasting lunch (£26). Not wanting to overindulge in the middle of the day my dining partner and I opted for the à la carte menu and excitedly went straight onto the main course.
For me it was roasted fillet of salmon with lemon potato cake, beetroot, kale and pine nut salad, whilst for my companion the choice of the day was sous vide flat iron steak with sweet potato fondant and green vegetable fricassee.
Two things struck me initially; the dishes are very pretty but the portion sizes were still generous – a good balance for me.
My dining partner said her steak was delicious and my salmon was equally so. The crisp skin of the salmon and the melt-in-your-mouth fish underneath blended really well with the earthy flavours of beetroot and pesto-style flavours from the pine nut salad. I’m not a massive eater at lunchtime but these portion sizes were just perfect. You can sweep up the lot and feel satisified, rather than over indulged – and there is room for a dessert.
The Sorrel Restaurant is something pretty special, with its oak panelling, crisp white tablecloths and traditional-style bone china plates. I commented that I felt like I was in the middle of a Downtown Abbey episode, but it really does pack a punch when it comes to a fabulous atmosphere to dine in. Well done chef Aaron Marsh and all the staff for making our lunchtime special.w