Ask for a table in the orangery to be surrounded by claywork walls and elegant green cladding, and be bathed in sunshine from the glass ceiling.
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 great British produce whipped into fresh, simple yet fascinating combos – tempura-stuffed courgette with smoked feta and pine nuts; cured sea trout with samphire crème fraîche and Amalfi lemon – so that the quality of ingredients and craftsmanship shine. An a la carte breakfast is served here 9am-11am, Wednesday to Sunday. The restaurant is Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so guests staying on a Sunday and Monday night will be handed a breakfast card so they can have a cooked breakfast at the swan Brasserie two doors away. You can also get granola, yogurt and fruit in your room.
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 chocolate and hazlenut martini – made from Frangelico, chocolate liquere, vodka and cream – or, if you don’t think cream and cocktails should mix, choose from a list of gins, beers, and wines or sip a barrel aged Negroni pre-dinner. The bar's open daily from noon to 11pm.
An à la carte breakfast is served in the restaurant from 9am to 11am, Wednesday to Sunday; on other days, head the Swan a few doors down from the hotel for the continental breakfast. An all-day menu is available in the restaurant from noon to 10pm.
A rooms menu is available with drinks and bites. An in-room breakfast of homemade granola, yoghurt and fresh fruits is available daily.