We recently booked an overnighter here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We both felt relaxed and happy the minute we crossed the threshold of the hotel : the staff are welcoming and helpful and the hotel has a light and airy feel with wonderful views over the gardens from every window. There are short country walks to be had nearby and the falconry going on on the back lawn was a wonderful surprise for us.
I would make just one criticism which I hope will be prove constructive : we agree with other reviewers that the food is of a high standard and the chef obviously highly creative; however, we felt that although the dishes were beautifully executed, flavours did not always come through. Perhaps it's just us or perhaps we went on the wrong day or perhaps there was pressure to overcomplicate ceratin dishes? For example : I chose Halibut which I love, but it came with oxtail and gravy which overpowered the fish so that I really felt I had eaten a meat and not a fish dish after all ! The chocolate dessert was tasty but I also found it a little heavy due to the number of variations on a theme. Asparagus was delicious but again, why the pea shoot garnish ? It detracted from the flavour of the dish in my opinion. Service was excellent but could perhaps have been a little more leisurely allowing time between courses. However, none of this would prevent a return visit as we really enjoyed our stay.
- Also Known As:
- Fallowfields Country House Hotel Kingston Bagpuize
- Fallowfields Country House Hotel Oxfordshire/Kingston Bagpuize
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fallowfields is a Country House style hotel with a fabulous restaurant in Kingston Bagpuize. You come here for the food and for the tranquillity, yet only 25 minutes from Oxford City centre. Set in 12 acres of mature trees and gardens, the hotel offers an exquisite retreat. Stretch your legs around our beautiful grounds, kitchen garden, orchard, farm and falconry absorbing the special ambience that comes with over 300 years of pastoral history - as one guest said: "This house smiles at you." ... more less
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