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“Great Food and wish we'd stayed!”

The Sorrel Restaurant
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Description: Ston Easton Park is a breathtaking Palladian mansion set in idyllic Somerset countryside, and with this location it���s own Sorrel Restaurant has to be of the very highest standards. And with two AA Rosettes and reams of glowing reviews to its name, the Sorrel Restaurant does indeed provide storybook countryside dining, offering the most elegant gourmet cuisine in gloriously elegant classically inspired surroundings. Open to non-residents as well as those lucky enough to be taking a room within the splendid mansion, the Sorrel Restaurant overlooks the River Norr as it runs through green parkland, the ideal outlook for diners enjoying chef Matthew Butcher���s exquisite British cuisine, made with local ingredients including an abundance from Ston���s own kitchen garden.
Reviewed 22 October 2013

We stayed nearby at the rather disappointing Old Court in Temple cloud but wish we'd stayed here. It oozed class and we had the most wonderful lunch. The park and location is so quintessentially British and we loved every minute. We'll be back to stay next year.

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Reviewed 16 August 2013

The setting is beautiful the dining room is a delight, although lacked for some atmosphere. Sitting in the main lounge for ordering and pre-dinner drinks is recommended but not the biggest fan of Nina Simone on an endless loop. Service was a little slow and on the first of two visits they got my drink wrong and on the second I had to ask for my wine to be served whilst we were waiting to be called through. The amuse bouches were different each night and very tasty but served before my drink arrived not after which I prefer. From order to table took about 30 mins so not exactly fast but then we weren't going anywhere afterwards other than to our room.

The first night we chose the degustation menu which added to our dinner B&B bill but not by too much. I also chose the tasting wine, which at £35 was overpriced for four glasses of so so wine (with the first two whites tasting almost the same) and the wine didn't in my humble opinion enhance the food. The tasting menu was wonderfully presented although not all the flavours worked together in each course with one course being particularly over powered by a sage puree and blue cheese beignet. The main courses in our opinion lack carbohydrates, not too much of a problem with the degustation, but I had to order extra bread with the standard number of courses as portions are small. If you don't eat onion or garlic then the beef course is not for you as they are the supplied veg for that course. After two nights you will struggle for more variation when eating there, particularly if you dislike some of the main menu choices as they are not everyone's liking. Coffee and petit fours (very good by the way) should also be included in the £50 set menu and not charged at £4.50, particularly when they automatically add a 10% service charge. Overall I agree that it is fine dining but it is not comparable to the 10 course (£70) meal I had last week at the Michelin starred 'Elephant' restaurant in Torquay last week. Area wise it is probably the best restaurant within a 10 mile radius and is a beautiful setting if you wish to impress.

On a separate note as we had two breakfasts there, we can say that they were very tasty. However onion should never be added to black pudding and chef needs to be a little less heavy handed with the pepper in the scrambled egg. Would love to see Eggs Benedict added to the menu to make it complete.

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Reviewed 9 June 2013

Visited on a weekend break through 'Secret Escapes' and had a great time. The room (Vine) on the top floor was tremendous, on two levels at the front of the building. The staff were excellent, very helpful and informative. Prices reflect the type of establishment you're staying at, but just confirm 'You get what you pay for'. If you like dogs, 'Oscar' is a great little companion !

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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Went for afternoon Tea to celebrate Silver Wedding. Had a drawing room to ourselves (Very Downton Abbey!) Good selection of afternoon tea fayre and made our day very special.

Thank Lorna C
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

We recently celebrated our wedding at Ston Easton Park. As a venue, it can't be faulted. It is truly beautiful and to all the brides to be reading this, consider a December wedding there- I can only say that the decor made it truly magical. We stayed and dealt with the venue for almost a year- visiting two times before the wedding, so I feel we can give a good overview of the hotel. Rooms are beautiful- we have seen probably half of them. All unique and quirky, you really can't go wrong. We ate twice in the restaurant and it was excellent- breakfast by far the best we have had in any place in England. The service of the staff was exceptional, especially during our wedding. The general staff went above and beyond and our guests were wowed by the entire experience. Food, service by the general staff and ambiance on our wedding day was exceptional- it made our wedding day one we will never forget... Brides to be- be aware that your experience before the wedding could leave a lot to be desired- the communication with the wedding co-ordinator was reactive and not proactive, however I would recommend the VENUE in a heart beat- as stated previously, it was magical and one that we will never forget!

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