On sunny days, make a beeline for a table on the front terrace. In winter months, head for a table by the open fireplace.
Keep it countryside cosy or academically inclined with woolen jumpers and a dash of tweed.
The Parsonage Grille is decked out in jewel tones and covered wall-to-wall in portraits – all part of the owner’s expansive art collection. The modern British menu changes with the season and is carefully crafted by chef Allan McLaughlin: start your day with a hearty Full English breakfast or scrambled eggs with Loch Duart smoked salmon. For lunch, go for the decadent Montgomery cheddar and leek macaroni cheese, the freshly caught sea bream or a blood orange and burrata salad. Book ahead for dinner – locals love the restaurant – and start your leisurely evening meal with a fluffy twice-baked cheese soufflé before tucking into whole grilled plaice or the chateaubriand for two.
The backlit bar is next to the original stone hearth: pull up a pair of stools or settle into the velvet-covered seats that back up against the restaurant. The carefully curated cocktail list includes a gin-based blood-orange bramble, a rosemary negroni and a minty rum julep. There are local lagers, Cotswold ciders and international wines, too.
Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am, lunch from noon to 5pm, afternoon tea runs from 2.30pm to 5pm (3.30pm to 6pm on Sunday) and dinner’s served from 5pm to 11pm.
Order from the restaurant menu during opening hours. From 11pm to 7am, there’s a light menu of toasted sourdough sandwiches, British cheeses, sorbets and ice creams.