Ask for a table in the orangery, which feels perpetually bathed in warm Sicilian sunshine – even on the gloomiest of British days.
Mix sharp tailoring with casual fabrics like denim and cashmere (just keep waistbands roomy enough for multiple courses).
As the hotel’s raison d’être, it stands to reason that the restaurant would be one of the best things about a stay at St Leonard's. The less-is-more ethos echoes the guest rooms, reflected in a similarly succinct and refined restaurant menu and the light, airy dining space. The focus is on familiar flavours – spicy salami pizza, pasta carbonara, osso buco with gremolata, calamari with aïoli and lemon – so that the quality of ingredients and craftsmanship shine. The food might sound modest but Chef Fabio Moschini packs masses of umami flavour into dishes like pappardelle ai funghi di sottobosco, a medley of wild mushrooms, garlic, chilli, white wine and truffle (all the pasta is, of course, made fresh each day in the restaurant’s pasta cellar). Dreamy dolci come in the form of classic tiramisu and bread-and-butter pudding, served with Italian ice-cream or a zesty glass of limoncello, but it’s the weekly brunch that’s worth skipping breakfast for. Served with breakfast bellinis, mimosas and bloody Marias (plus unlimited prosecco), it features an Italianesque menu of granola-topped panna cotta, eggs Fiorentina on fluffy, fresh focaccia or prosciutto and poached-egg crostini. There’s an all-Italian wine menu – showcasing some of the country’s up-and-coming wine-makers – and produce like cured meats, cheeses and olive oil are sourced from Italian artisanal suppliers.
Though compact, the bar’s combination of marble, mid-century lighting, ribbed glass shelves and sleek colour palette of moody grey and mimosa yellow hits that tricky sweet spot between timeless and trend-driven. Order the dessert-in-a-drink Tiramisu martini – made from Frangelico, Baileys, Kahlúa, espresso and cream – or, if you don’t think cream and cocktails should mix, choose from a list of Italian gins, beers, grappas and amaros, or sip an aperitivo cocktail, concocted from artisanal Italian bitters and vermouths. The bar's open daily from noon to 11pm.
An à la carte breakfast is served in the restaurant from 9am to 11.30am, but head to sister restaurant the Swan, a few doors down from the hotel, for the free continental breakfast. An all-day menu is available in the restaurant from noon to 10pm.
The full restaurant menu is available for in-room dining during opening hours.