Executive Head Chef, André Garrett opened his eponymous restaurant – André Garrett at Cliveden on Monday 18th November 2013. The 68-seat dining room is located on the ground floor of the luxurious historic country house hotel overlooking the iconic parterre with its sweeping views over the Berkshire countryside.
André, who has moved to Berkshire after nearly eight years as Head Chef at Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton Park Lane, is thrilled by the new challenge. “Cliveden is inspirational,” he said. “The building and its history have truly given me a new confidence and creative energy to develop my cooking style.”
At Cliveden, Andre’s Modern French menu will change with the seasons. Highlights from his opening menu include: Roast game consommé ‘Guy Savoy’ with Jerusalem artichoke cream, mini cep brioche and game canapés; Tartare of South Coast mackerel with smoked eel beignets; Roast Bresse pigeon with glazed salsify and pumpkin; Rice pudding soufflé with Agen prunes; and slow-cooked Cox’s apples with rosemary caramel, raisin purée and beurre noisette crumb.
The lunch and dinner menu is £65 for three courses, including coffee and bon bons from the trolley, There is a weekly-changing Market Menu at lunch (Monday-Saturday) at £28 for three courses, a £50 three-course Sunday lunch menu, and an eight-course Tasting Menu, available daily for dinner only, at £95 (with matched wines at £75).
The international wine list comprises approximately 800 bins, starting at £28 with a range of 20 by the glass (from £8). The Champagne trolley features six Champagnes, starting with NW Taittinger Brut (£15 glass). The Head Sommelier is Guillaume Gorichon.
Martin Hulbert Design (who has worked with many heritage properties in the UK) has undertaken a sensitive redecoration of the space. Walls are in duck egg blue, alcoves are lined in pale green silk and hung with mirrors, and the voluptuous curtains are mossy green, gold and tobacco silk framing the views of the gardens and beyond. There are also three magnificent, large chandeliers, two grand marble fireplaces (installed circa 1906 when the Astor family owned the house) at either end of the room, and sumptuous, well-spaced seating.
André Garrett at Cliveden is open daily for lunch (12.15 pm – 2.30 pm) and dinner (7.00 pm – 10.00 pm) looked after by Restaurant Manager Alastair Phillips and his team.
Please note – no visit to Cliveden is complete without a stroll around the estate, which is meticulously maintained through National Trust membership. The National Trust levies a small charge to all guests visiting Cliveden House, both residential and non-residential: Residents £10.10 per person, Lunch/Tea non-resident £5.80 per person, Dinner non-resident £1.50 per person. Members of the National Trust are of course exempt from these charges.