Selena Young embarked on a culinary voyage, journeying back into Boringdon Hall‘s dining history via a theatrical tasting menu
Boringdon Hall has been around for a while: there’s even mention of a permanent construction on the site in the Domesday Book. And, from the moment you pass over the threshold, its dramatic Elizabethan architecture, stone archways and grand wooden doors reveal its rich history. Head chef Scott Paton, inspired by the country house hotel’s grand past, delved into the archives and picked memorable moments which he used to influence a Tasting Through The Ages tasting menu.
Diners take an odyssey from the 11th century to present day, with each course reflecting a specific moment in time. Scott describes it as: ‘A tale of timeless dining reflecting on the history and happenings of our enchanted place on the hill’.
VISIT for a gastronomic adventure that has been envisioned and executed in style. Each course on the innovative menu offered something new and noteworthy for the palate: a dish of cured halibut with lime and mint was strikingly fresh, while a succulent bird pie comprised of tender squab and duck concealed in delicate pastry.
Afternoon tea has long been a key part of the Boringdon experience and so one of the dessert courses was an elegant tiered presentation of fine patisserie and puds – from peach melba to cherry pie. However, the biggest hit of the night was Scott’s signature dish: luscious raspberry mousse with pistachio and raspberry sorbet, which ended the evening’s gluttony on a delicious high.
DON’T VISIT for tasting events alone (there are more coming up); splurge the extra for an overnight stay. Say yes to the matched wine flight and round off the gourmet experience in one of the characterful bedrooms – you wouldn’t regret sinking into a four-poster bed after a long evening of indulging. There’s also a swish Gaia Spa to luxuriate in the next day – with infinity pool and excellent treatments to boot.
WE LIKED the attention to detail. Little additions added to the theatre of the evening. The menu was presented on individual playing cards with each one detailing a separate dish and featuring a snippet of history: for instance, a deer salad of perfectly pink venison referenced Boringdon receiving the royal go-ahead in 1743 for a deer park on the grounds.
Scott presented each course in person, explaining the history that had inspired its creation and ended the evening with a Q&A for inquisitive diners.
£140 per person for the eight course tasting menu.
The next Tasting Through The Ages event takes place on April 3. Book here.
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