On 8 February, Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection’s luxury country house hotel near Ascot, will relaunch its relaxed neighbourhood restaurant, The Barn, with a brand-new kitchen and produce-led, ingredient-focused menu.
Housed in the original barn frame, the new open kitchen and grill will take pride of place in The Barn. Guided by seasonal ingredients from the UK’s best producers, the menu will feature Executive Chef Adam Smith’s take on British classics and will encourage a convivial, relaxed style of dining.
Fresh and preserved ingredients from the Coworth Park estate will feature on the menu, as seen in the elderflower vinegar and cordial used as a dressing for the Scallop crudo starter.
Adam Smith also works closely with leading British producers, such as Beal’s Farm Charcuterie for English mangalitsa coppa, and small-scale suppliers for English wagyu and wild venison.
Main courses on the new menu include classics such as Smithy’s chicken pie, alongside simple meat, fish and vegetable-focused dishes, including Hereford côte de boeuf (to share); Spatchcock quail with rosemary and lemon, and a selection of day boat fish from Cornwall that can all be served either grilled or beer battered.
From Garden herb chimichurri and Tarragon Hollandaise to 50/50 mash and BBQ broccoli, the tempting array of sauces and sides will see guests ordering generously for the table for a relaxed, sharing style of dining.
Chef Adam’s playful approach and a touch of nostalgia can be seen through the dessert menu, which includes The Barn Trifle, Baked cheesecake with Yorkshire rhubarb, and Soft serve ice cream with flake and sprinkles.
On Sundays, guests will be able to enjoy perfectly executed traditional roasts, with starters such as a Prawn cocktail followed by Waterford roast sirloin of beef or Whole roast Devon White chicken (to share), served with all the trimmings.
Decadent British classics rule the Sunday dessert menu, with options including Sticky toffee pudding and Apple & cinnamon crumble with custard and ice cream.
The Barn welcomes groups of all sizes and generations to experience its relaxed, rustic charm. Feasting menus for groups of 10 or more feature many of The Barn’s signature dishes and are served family-style down the table for everyone to share. There is also a kid’s menu, designed to include young guests in The Barn’s ingredient-led relaxed approach to dining.
For locals, hotel guests and diners from further afield, The Barn is a perfect restaurant for all occasions and seasons. In winter it is the height of cosiness with the roaring fire, in summer the floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with natural light, and guests can also choose to sit on the large outdoor terrace.