Fallowfields
Fallowfields

Fallowfields

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.fallowfields.com/Restaurant
  • Phone: 01865820416
  • Hours of Operation:
    As a hotel we open at 7am for breakfast and close the doors at 11pm. Restaurant service starts at 7am until 9.30am for breakfast, 12midday to 2pm for lunch and 7pm to 9pm for dinner.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, British
  • Executive Chef: Head Chef Shaun Dickens
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Catering: The restaurant at Fallowfields Country House Hotel is renowned for serving excellent food prepared using only the finest fresh produce. Seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown in the hotel’s kitchen gardens and orchards and whenever possible meat and poultry is sourced from our own farm. The restaurant faces south to overlook the hotel’s croquet lawn and offers the perfect ambience at any time of day to enjoy a relaxing and unrushed breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Special Events: From “house party” weekends, family “get togethers”, civilised hen and stag parties, barbecues, special birthdays, anniversaries, for from 2 to 150 or more, our grounds and restaurant are simply perfect.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: A public bus service stops at the top of the driveway: the 66 between Oxford and Swindon. It runs every half hour between 9.00 - 18.30, and once an hour thereafter.
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Ample parking in the lower car park for at least 50 vehicles with further parking for 12 vehicles at the front of the hotel/restaurant.
A word from Fallowfields
The restaurant at Fallowfields Country House Hotel is renowned for serving excellent food prepared using only the finest fresh produce. Seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown in the hotel's kitchen garden and whenever possible meat and poultry is sourced locally including from our own farm. The Fallowfields restaurant faces south to overlook the hotel's croquet lawn and offers the perfect ambience at any time of day to enjoy a relaxing and unrushed breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our friendly staff also offers a warm welcome to non-residents who wish to dine in our restaurant and will be delighted to offer you breakfast, two or three-course Menu du Jour, Tasting menu, afternoon tea or A la Carte dinner.
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Fallowfields reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since 20 May 2014
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambience4
    Value3.6
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (18)fit for foodies (11)sunday lunch (8)business meals (7)romance (6)afternoon tea (3)outstanding value (2)brunch (2)outdoor eating (2)disabled access (1)Show More
  • Godsown
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Food reasonably good. General ambience poor and practically noboby having lunch there on a wednesday which may be significant. Prices both for wine and food are high. Car Park very scruffy. Staff do not make you relaxed
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  • Divine food!
    HolidayManda
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    Very impressed as hadn't been here for a very long time and the food has gone very upmarket since. Both our meals were faultless and wonderful. The little 'in between' courses are a lovely addition and attention to the fact I had mentioned I don't eat meat was much appreciated. Service was just right for long leisurely lunch and we were left to make our way out after our meal without hurry so we could enjoy the view from the gardens and very tasteful lounge. It's definitely not cheap but it is most certainly worth every penny!
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    afternoon tea, business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ebidault1979
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Very good surprise ! Good Memorie We will come back soon !
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    brunch, outstanding value, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning food
    Moneypenny
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Wonderful meal. Stunning food, really good service, beautiful crockery, rather expensive so not an every day food experience. The decor could be updated (particually the lounge furniture), but a beautiful location. The tables in the dining room are really well spaced for individual, private dining in a large room.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food glorious food
    Hammered66
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    Myself & my wife had lunch for an anniversary celebration on saturday the 21st of june. This is a beautiful location for a romantic meal & can honestly say that our meal was exceptional plus the amuse bouch served between each course was a real surprise & presented so professionally. My only criticism would be that there is only one choice of champagne at £63 a bottle, surely a cheaper alternative like Lanson or Moet should be available!
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Elegant and welcoming
    Farecomment
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    Customers are immediately made to feel welcome and pampered. They order from either the lounge or the bar, and are given free, and sophisticated, titbits. The menu is quite limited but gives a good choice. The food is presented beautifully, and a 175 ml glass of wine is recommended for each course. The dining room has panoramic views, on two sides, of a croquet lawn and a field of cattle; and is spacious and airy. A rather stunning room. Service is first rate and friendly. This is a very good restaurant indeed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oxfordshire Gem
    Mike
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Very enjoyable evening at this top class restaurant - excellent welcome, service and superb food - my lamb main course was sublime. Great wine parings too. Will be going back!
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  • Relaxed, quality, good value lunch
    ACJ29
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    A celebration lunch for parents' burthdays abd wedding anniversary, Fallowfields did a fine job. The location is delightful, at the far end of Southmoor village with a pleasant garden at the back & a light and airy dining room, and for me it was very easy to reach by bus from Oxford, even on a Sunday. The lunch menu was well chosen, and amuses bouches were served. The pork terrine was well constructed, with lively piccalilli, and the scrambled egg with toasted brioche was very well balanced. The beef for main course was nicely cooked, and the pork got top marks too. Desserts were good and the wine list well chosen, with drinks good value (I had G&T and an armagnac). Overall, very enjoyable, and the bank was not broken either! I'll be back.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wedding anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 16/4/2014
    Fantastic evening started with a warm greeting from staff when we arrived, prompt and courteous service both atthe bar and in the restaurant. The Maitre d' was extremely knowledgeable about the food and wine and added considerably to out enjoyment of the evening, as did the waiter, who was friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes. The food was of the highest order, cooked and presented to perfection and was complimented by the wine for most courses (not sure about the Malbec with the lamb). Overall I would highly recommend Fallowfields to anyone,although you may have to save your pennies for the meal it is absolutely worth everything. This restaurant is on a par with anything London has to offer.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Fallowfields is a very nice hotel and restaurant, I have stayed there years ago and got looked after so well, the staff are very knowledgeable about the different types of food and wines, so impressed with everything.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy!
    44lunch
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our family party was celebrating a 103rd birthday. There was a timeless quality to the occasion: old and less old felt thoroughly pampered (especially with the amazing meal) and very much at home. Thank you, everyone at Fallowfields, for making us so welcome. We loved the house and the garden, and the friendly politeness of the staff. Perhaps the repeated urge to 'enjoy' might be given some context! (Suggestion: 'I hope you enjoy this course.') We most certainly did enjoy our party at Fallowfields.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Main meal ordered was pork.
    Caroline
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    Main meal ordered was pork. A plate of fat was delivered. Waiting staff took an age to get a senior member of staff, so I had to find someone myself to complain. Mother's Day lunch was very disappointing and I will not be making the journey from Devon to Fallowfields again.
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  • Mothers Day
    OffPiste7
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    An excellent venue and top quality service provided the backdrop for a memorable Mothers Day meal Thoroughly enjoyable and will use again for special occasions
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  • Michelin quality
    Richard
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    One of the best non Michelin restaurants I have been to. Every course in the Tasting Menu was top notch. It will have a star or two very soon!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    GlutenDairyFree
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This is fine dining at its best. It is a little bit of foodie heaven hidden away in the Oxfordshire countryside. I am a dairy intolerant coeliac and the chef had made much of my food specifically for my visit. The appetiser of home made rice crackers with hummus had both me and my companion agreeing that this was the nicest rice cracker and hummus we had tasted. I then enjoyed the pre-starter and pigeon-breast/beetroot starter. Followed by a selection of pork cuts from the pigs reared on the hotel's small farm. Our dessert of fruit carpaccio accompanied by fruit sorbet was mouth-wateringly delicious - and a huge step up from the normal dessert (fruit salad or sorbet) that I get typically get offered in restaurants.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very enjoyable evening spent
    Wineanddine
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    A very enjoyable evening spent at fallowfields with outstanding food and service and very high attention to detail.
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    disabled access, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Friendly place with delicious food.
    Creampie
    Dined on 31/1/2014
    A friend recommended Fallowfields for me to take my Mum for a birthday celebration, as 73 yrs old deserves something special and that's exactly what we got. From the pre-dinner drinks and canapés, the small 'tastes of the garden' little treats to the three delicious courses along with a pre-dessert treat too! The flavours were subtle and worked beautifully together, it was a chance to try something new too. There was a good range of foods to try and the prices ranged from a £30 two course set lunch up to the al a carte menu with a main reaching £32. The only drawback for me was no disabled access toilet so it was uncomfortable after a lovely meal. Disabled access is via a rear locked door that requires staff assistance.
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  • Relaxed Lunch
    profVIP
    Dined on 19/1/2014
    Dining room light and plenty of space between tables. Good outlook onto fields with grazing livestock. Food carefully prepared. Inventive combinations and generous portions. Service friendly and attentive. Good value meal for the quality. Certainly intend to return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taster delight
    Scot
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had the taster menu. It was delicious, with great variety in the courses. Beautifully presented in a lovely environment.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best beef we've ever tasted
    delikiz
    Dined on 22/9/2013
    Paid our first visit to Fallowfields to celebrate a birthday and are already looking for an excuse to go back. Very warm welcome on arrival. Fabulous food : both pork and beef dishes were absolutely superb. Excellent desserts.Lovely homemade bread. Portion sizes spot on. Great service. Highly recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since 20 May 2014
    • Average Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambience3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Value3.3
  • The following 64 reviews are from the Fallowfields reviews archive.
  • Excellent Sunday lunch
    LeedsScot
    Dined on 14/7/2013
    Good value Sunday lunch. Quality roast beef which was well prepared and presented. Very good friendly service. Highly recommended.
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  • Great place to visit
    Lyndalush
    Dined on 15/6/2013
    If you are happy to pay fairly expensive prices for excellent food, service and location then this is the place for you. We had the set lunch which was really good, drinks not over priced either. Discrete but attentive service Will return.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Class Lunch
    great2eat
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    We took our friends to Fallowfield Hotel Restaurant for a Birthday Celebration lunch and we were not disappointed. We had not been there before but would highly recommend it. The food was excellent and imaginative, the salmon starter was simply presented but with delicious additional textured garnishings. The Main course of assorted Pork (local) beautifully cooked. With three amuse bouche I couldn't manage a desert but they looked delightful. We had coffee outside and were surrounded by gardens and fields plus a walled vegetable garden growing produce for the Restaurant. Thank you Fallowfield a wonderful birthday treat.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michelin Star.experinece at
    Redleader
    Dined on 26/5/2013
    Michelin Star.experinece at a franction of the cost.
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    disabled access, romance, fit for foodies, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner near Oxford
    Jezza
    Dined on 17/5/2013
    Great menu. The food did not disappoint. Perfectly executed , good sized portions with plenty of flavour. The recommended glass of wine to accompany each dish is an excellent idea that removes the compromise wine choice for the table. The between course amuse- bouches was where the highly accomplished kitchen seemed to be experimenting flavour combinations . This was the only small miss of the meal. You ate it but didn't get the same level of satisfaction as with the ordered dishes. Service is attentive, knowledgable and friendly -not intrusive. Cost of the meal reflects a Michelin starred chef in waiting - but worth it. Only gripe was the dining room itself. Once the garden view disappears with the night, the space becomes a bit soulless.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a fabulous meal and
    alansdad
    Dined on 13/5/2013
    We had a fabulous meal and were provided with excellent service throughout. We will certainly visit again
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration
    Loveanicemeal
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    We had a lovely meal. Just short of a michelin star I think. It was £133 for two without wine, which is certainly a treat! The extra courses were beautiful. If anything the dessert was slightly disappointing...I am allergic to some nuts and they couldn't tell me which ones were in some elements of the desserts which I thought was strange. Although I made my choice, they still brought me a dessert without some parts included. If I had known that they were going to do that I would have changed my order. I did think it was lovely though and would go again.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines
    Woodie
    Dined on 14/2/2013
    The meal was fair, it was a little expensive for what you received. But I did have a complaint. The lighting was dimmed to create the right kind of mood.BUT I'm guessing the dimmers are old, as the lights were first bright, then dim time and time again. It was getting on my nerves to be honest. I wear glasses, and the reflection similar to a strobe effect did give me a bad headache by the end of the meal. Before we left I did mention it to the young lady in the main foyer. She agreed that she had seen this happen, but she thought she was seeing things. Which I thought was a little strange.
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  • Good food, not great value.
    Greek89
    Dined on 13/2/2013
    The food was well cooked and it was pleasant visit, but the value was not as good as other restaurants in the area and the portions left me wanting more. When we arrived other customers seemed to be getting canapés whilst having drinks, however we did not receive this and seemed to be forgotten, which was a disappointing way to start the meal.
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  • The food is quite expensive
    helz11
    Dined on 26/1/2013
    The food is quite expensive and the portions are fairly small, however, there were additional courses including pre-starter, pre-main and pre-dessert, as well as bread, canapes and petit fours which were a nice surprise and made the overall experience better value for money. The food was presented beautifully and tasted amazing. The service was also excellent, and the tables in the restaurant nicely spaced out, so that there was a general background ambience but no conversations could be overheard.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rather disappointing
    hopeless
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    + The staff were polite and helpful + Lots of (very) locally sourced produce - It was deserted. We were the only diners for 90% of the time. Perhaps not too surprising on a weekday in January. - The menu was too fussy with some very strange food combinations, which frequently didn't work. The duck confit looked and smelled like a miniature portion of pedigree chum - good for a laugh but not great for a starter. It tasted fine though. - My wife's desert was still frozen inside. - Portions were small, fine for slimmers but don't expect it to satisfy an average appetite. - "Discretionary" service was included in the bill. This is common but always irritating. Not worth the money. We won't be coming back for quite a while I suspect.
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  • A Special Day Out
    fine2dine
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    Very friendly staff. I like the service of taking your order while having a pre dinner drink and nibbles and the food ready for when you sat at the table. Service was very good, you felt as though you were the only diners there (even tho we werent). The food was exquisite, portions small but when you are served such delicious food you really dont need a plate full it would be too much. The surroundings were relaxing with the grounds to look out on. The lunch menu was very good value although to be fair we didnt pay for it, our daughter paid as an anniversary treat, but we would definitely go again at lunch time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch
    diningout
    Dined on 14/10/2012
    The best traditional Sunday Lunch I have had out in a long time. Beef was fabulous. Vegetables beautifully cooked. My wife (who does not eat red meat) had the lemon sole which melted in the mouth. The vegetables were equally good and had great visual appeal though more would have been appropriate The starter (crab for both of us) was delightful. I had a brilliant chocolate mousse for dessert. My wife had what was an unusual dish focused on cooked goat's cheese but was delicious. The service was excellent. The young lady who had responsibility for our table was top class. A vegetarian option would be sensible. Indeed even the sole dish had bacon croutons in it.
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    special occasions, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fallowfields exceeds expectations
    MissBeehivin
    Dined on 18/9/2012
    Right from the moment we walked in through the stone mullioned door we knew we were in for a lovely experience. The staff were friendly and attentive, keen to ensure our comfort. The food was delicious, much of it like the Dexter Beef, Tamworth Pork, and the fruit and vegetables used in the dishes we had were grown in the gardens that surrounded the Hotel, or were in fields that you could see from the grounds too. The eggs also came from the Hotel's chickens. All the dishes we ate (we had the 3 course Lunch du Jour) were delicious. I am diabetic, and when it came to dessert, I asked if they could just let me have a piece of fresh fruit. They went to a lot of trouble on my behalf and made me a salad of various fruits. Highly recommend.
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, outdoor eating, afternoon tea
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  • Lunch
    Clients
    Dined on 13/8/2012
    Fantastic value at 2 for 1 and the food was the best I have eaten at lunch for a very long time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Fallowfields
    NomNoms
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    Lovely day so we started with a glass of wine on the patio which overlooks lovely gardens. We could hear the birds of prey in the Bird of Prey Centre nearby. Were then taken into the restaurant and give a nice table also with good views of the grounds. Service was amazing and the food scrumptious. Fallowfields isn't a cheap lunch option but they had a special offer running of £25 for two for a two course meal. All in all a lovely lunch.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food continues to be of an
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2012
    Food continues to be of an excellent standard, delicious and beautifully presented. Sunday lunch is the best around!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NIce getaway
    Food4thoughts
    Dined on 26/6/2012
    We have visited the hotel premises previously for falconry but didn't get the chance to patronise the restaurant. We have read their promotional phamphlet and were lured by their weekday's offer. We were 4 paxs and tried assortments of dishes. Indeed the food was good and the service was warm and welcoming. The only set back was the wine list ,it had a fair choice on it but were largely out of stock which was a shame. Nevertheless, we had an enjoyable time and will patronise again when we pass through.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb cooking, fresh local produce
    Chris
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    Shaun Dickens put together some wonderful dishes using fresh produce from the hotel's own farm and gardens. The food was truly outstanding - although Fallowfields has not yet earned a Michelin star, Shaun's days working at Le Manoir, Per Se and L'Otolan were clearly time well spent and this shows through in some of the dishes. Friendly service, if a little rough around the edges. One feels that the hotel needs to run faster to catch up with the excellent standard now coming from the kitchen.
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After seeing Fallowfields
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    After seeing Fallowfields on Four in a bed I thought it was worth a visit as it looked beautiful, and in terms of the grounds and the views it was. It then went down hill when you go inside. Unfortunately there is no real atmosphere or ambience the sitting room was deathly quiet to the point people were whispering. The dining room was lovely but again you could only hear the sound of the waiters footsteps on the wooden floor. Food was hit and miss my starter of belly pork was disappointing quite dry and no crackling. Followed by salmon that was barely room temperature and although I know fish should be translucent this could have swam in the pond. We sat down to eat at 7.30 and by 8.30 were back in the strange sitting area, gone by 8.45
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