André Garrett is no longer resident chef here, having moved to London's Corinithia in January 2019. The new head chef Paul O'Neill, a Roux Scholar who worked alongside André Garrett for 14 months.
Harden's survey result
After the departure of André Garrett as executive head chef from this landmark destination in October 2018 (for London’s Corinthia Hotel), former head chef Paul O’Neill was promoted to take his place. This “beautiful” property has received up-and-down feedback over the years, and variability was also evident in this year’s reports: numerous “wonderful” meals are described, but there are also experiences of “slow service” and food that’s “overly grand but underwhelmingly prepared… especially at these prices!” The most consistent hit is afternoon tea in the grand hall – “exceptional” (not least “the world’s best scones”).
“A great experience, especially if you’re flying in by helicopter…”. The stunning dining room of the scandal-drenched former Astor country pile, where Christine Keeler met defence minister John Profumo in 1961, makes a “sublime setting” for “fantastic food”. “The tasting menu dishes are all very good” – “perhaps not outstanding at this price” – but generally thought to be “worth it”. In October 2018, chef André Garrett announced that he was leaving the restaurant to join London’s Corinthia hotel.
“The best view from a restaurant in Berkshire and some of the very best food too from André Garrett” create huge “romantic” appeal for the dining room of this famous mansion and “though you take out another mortgage, the place has ‘between the sheets’ in its DNA”. But while some reporters find it “stuffy” others detect “a flicker on the naff-o-meter” (“disparate groups of people having dinner and spending the whole time on their mobile, or as we saw in the summer, slightly mismatched couples taking selfies on the terrace”).
“The glamour associated with Cliveden is in evidence in this atmospheric dining room”: a “grand and stately” chamber with chandeliers, plus “amazing views” over the “gorgeous, groomed grounds”, and – last but not least – fine cuisine from star chef, André Garrett. Reports are overwhelmingly positive, but in one or two there’s a slight whiff of opportunity missed: “very promising, but didn’t follow through”… “tried hard but a little lacking”. Still the overall verdict is often of “one of the most memorable dining experiences in the UK”.
In November 2013, André Garrett joined Cliveden House to open a spectacular eponymous new dining room – André Garrett at
Cliveden. Having worked with Nico Ladenis, Guy Savoy and the Galvin brothers, André’s name is now above the door at one of the
most important country house hotels in Britain. The restaurant was ranked #19 in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2017 with an
8/10 rating (and ‘Best Newcomer’ award in the 2015 guide), #20 in Square Meal Lifestyle’s UK Top 50 Restaurants 2016 and
#51 in “The Sunday Times Top 100 UK Restaurants 2015” in conjunction with Harden’s. In The AA Restaurant Guide 2017, it
retained three rosettes, and Cliveden House won “Hotel of the Year for England”. André also oversees the kitchen and menu at
The Astor Grill, the second restaurant at Cliveden House that is housed in the former stable block and opened in April 2016.
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André Garrett was born in Bath and knew the life of a chef was for him from watching his grandmother manage a local restaurant.
Following training at the City of Bath College, he started his hospitality career at Hunstrete House Hotel near Bath (1989-91). He then
moved to London, where he worked at Simply Nico (1991), Chez Nico at 90 Park Lane (1992-94), Bistrot Bruno (1994-95), The
Dining Room at the Landmark Hotel (1998), Moxon’s Restaurant in Clapham (1999-2000), and Chris Galvin’s Orrery in Marylebone
(2000). In 2001 , André won the National Final – Prix Pierre Taittinger Competition, and soon after, won the 2002 Roux Scholarship
and took the opportunity to extend his skills at three Michelin-starred Guy Savoy in Paris. When Chris Galvin launched Galvin at Windows
at the London Hilton Park Lane in 2006, André was appointed as Head Chef (2006-13). The restaurant gained a Michelin star in 2010,
and André became renowned for his elegant modern French cuisine. André also represented the South West region on BBC2’s Great
British Menu 2011 , is on the board of the Academy of Culinary Arts for their annual awards of excellence and the MCA and is on the
judging panel for the Roux Scholarship 2017.
Dine in unrivalled exclusivity. The party history of the house makes us the perfect spot for an intimate celebration over fine food and wine.
For over 200 years, the elite have entertained at Cliveden. Join the likes of Chaplin, Churchill, Lennon and Lawrence in hosting your own spectacular private dining affair in our elegant and opulent private rooms.
There are private dining arrangements to suit your numbers or occasion perfectly. Plan something superb at Cliveden.
The Dining Room at Cliveden Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Expensive? Yes, very! But steer clear of the ridiculous end of the wine list and come during the day when you can explore the grounds and enjoy the more affordable lunch offering, particularly the magnificent Sunday roast Chateaubriand beef, and you just might consider the experience priceless. On my birthday I did!"
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