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Perhaps Michelin should take one of the stars from the nearby Hand & Flowers and give it to Michael Macdonald’s “wonderful” venture? “It’s like having a world class chef invite you to his house” – “the dining room is tiny and it can feel like eating in a home” – but the “exciting” cuisine is “always brilliant”, and “staff are attentive and knowledgeable too”.
It is “so small”, but – on most accounts – Michael Macdonald’s well-established venture is “perfectly formed”, with a “lovely” atmosphere. The big deal though, is his “wonderful, seasonal cooking” – it’s “the epitome of consistent quality”, and “every course is a delight”.
Michael Macdonald’s dining room can feel “a tiny bit cramped”, but its style can also be described as “intimate”, and it wins high praise for its “attentive” service and “absolutely top-notch food” (which is at least as good as at the much-ballyhooed Hand & Flowers, nearby).
“Sublime” Gallic cooking, served in an “intimate” setting that’s “rather like someone’s dining room” – Michael MacDonald’s establishment induces “complete contentment” is almost all who comment on it.
The Restaurant has been awarded
2010 Regional Winner of the Good Food Guide Reader’s
Restaurant of the Year Award
The Top 100 independent restaurant by Good Food Guide 2013
Listed 92nd by Sunday Times Top 100 Hardens Guide
To celebrate our 13 year anniversary
We are looking to hold some wine and food matching evenings.
Throughout the months to celebrate some amazing wines from each country or region. We will be holding these events on a Thursday night, one each month. Please find dates listed below. The menu will be sent out by email at the beginning of each month
Our first evening will be a visit to South Africa, our aim for these nights is to offer a menu that will showcase some great wines.
Thank you for all your support over the years to which there have been a lot of changes at the vanilla pod. As you may well be aware I have been working alone in the kitchen for the last 4 years, so I do apologise if I am unable to see you all but you are more than welcome to pop your head around the door into the kitchen, it would be great to see you.
5 course menu with 5 wines £70 per person
South Africa. April 16th
Australia. May 21st
Italian. June 25th
Spain. July 23rd
Chile. August 20th
California. September 24th
New Zealand. October 29th
Bordeaux. November 19th
Burgundy. December 3rd