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Pythouse Kitchen Garden
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Ranked #3 of 5 Restaurants in Tisbury
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Pythouse Kitchen Garden is one of a kind. The restaurant is housed in a former outbuilding - possibly once a piggery? - with a side extension that is in effect a giant conservatory. This is at the edge of the parkland surrounding a Palladian mansion. The mansion is not visible from the Kitchen Garden, but its conservatory looks out on a sloping walled garden which runs down to the parkland and some majestic trees. The garden is professionally planted with flowers and produce, much of which is used in the kitchen. Guests can walk the garden, and if they so choose pick their own selections of produce or flowers to take away. Near the cashier point, there is a small selection of high quality local fresh food and some speciality prepared foods for sale.

The furnishings are eclectic. Your table might be created from with an old door or could be a rescue piece. Your crockery will be assembled from a variety of pieces that appear to have been acquired in bric-a-brac shops or house sales. You can eat inside the main building, in the conservatory, or at one of the tables placed at various points in the garden itself. Kids can have free reign in the garden, and there are one or two special diversions for them.

Your meal will be beautifully prepared, focussing on home grown and locally sourced produce. The menu is brief but intriguing. Local meat and poultry may feature, and fish from the Dorset coast, but the salads and vegetables dominate. Some of these are on display in the shop area as you enter. It is an excellent place to take your vegetarian friends without disappointing the carnivores in the party. There is a short but well chosen wine list, with beer and spirits also available, and a wide selection of soft drinks including some not readily found in restaurants.

Altogether a rustic delight. But not necessarily the easiest place to find. Follow brown heritage signs for "Walled Garden" (and local people may think of it under that name more readily than under its trading label) off the A350 Warminster to Shaftesbury road, or from the villages of Tisbury or Semley, and drive those lanes with great care. Also check opening hours before you go. Current (May 2014) trading is 9am to 4pm daily, except Fridays and Saturdays when dinner is also offered. Booking advisable for lunch, probably essential for dinner.

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1  Thank Michael P
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

One of my favourite places. Lovely friendly staff, amazing food and a joy to sit either in their garden room restaurant or on tables in the beautiful kitchen garden. This restaurant and its setting is 5 star plus.

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1  Thank Vicarage21
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

My dad and I were staying with my brother and sister-in-law who live a short walk away. With some cousins we sat in the garden in the sun waiting for our table. The garden is fabulous, humming with insects.

We had some "nibbles" aubergine dip, olives and whisky and bacon jam - yum.

Our main courses were delicious, trout, duck with pickled rhubarb and chicken with polenta. Great puds, good coffee.

My brother and sister-in-law are regulars there especially for the starter and stagger evenings.

You just have to remember that there is only a tiny kitchen and what they produce is remarkable.

Only one thing, the chips ordered as a side didn't arrive.

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1  Thank LadyHGG
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Beautiful setting, we had been looking forward to lunch here, manager was unfriendly, empty tables but were told we are very busy. We cannot comment on the food, it looked nice, Maybe it could be because we are motorcyclist. We are also well behaved,use cutlery, run businesses and deal with the public in a friendly manner.

7  Thank Barwicks_13
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Have being visiting Pythouse over the 5 years we have lived in the area. It is hard to find a prettier place to have lunch or tea. The improvements have being done with sensitivity and taste. The food is healthy, light and appropriate for a garden restaurant. Service is fairly good, at times a bit higgelty piggelty,but it's a garden restaurant not the Ritz. I love it and think they are doing a brilliant job!

1  Thank Luna J
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