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The Vyse Room, Stoke Place, Skoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

The Vyse Room
Stoke Place
Stoke Green
Skoke Poges
Tel: 01753 534790

Living and working in the centre of London it’s easy get embroiled in the daily grind. The perfect antidote to this sort of living is to escape every so often. Less than an hours drive from the capital is Stoke Place, a country house hotel. This grand Queen Anne manor house has been lovingly restored and sits resplendently in twenty-three acres of Capability Brown designed grounds. If you are a lover of English eccentricity than you have found your spiritual home, as each room throughout the hotel is an off beat drama of colour and quirkiness.

Dining takes place in The Vyse Room, a well-proportioned, imposing space with huge windows overlooking the grounds. The décor is a blend of eclectic with a touch of fantasy. Dominating the ceiling is an oversized and enormous central black light fitting. White tables are paired with black shiny chairs, whilst a huge mirror and turquoise embossed wallpaper all add to the dramatic setting.

In the kitchen Head Chef Mark Bentley, (formally Head Chef at The Hinds Head at Bray) is featuring plenty of regional specialties on the menu. The beef is from a local farm who rear with care and the vegetables are sourced from a nearby market garden organic suppliers.

The quintessentially English menu has plenty to tempt. Starters included Stoke Place smoked salmon with buttered crumpets & horseradish cream; crab cakes with tartare sauce; and potted shrimps. I began with a summer garden soup which was broth-like in consistency with a good depth of flavour. Soused mackerel with beetroot and horseradish was visually stunning and thoroughly enjoyed by my guest.

Main courses included roast Gressingham duck with braised peas and lettuce, and Cornish pollock with battered oysters and samphire. I tried the roast Berkshire pork served with braised trotter and champ. It was everything it should have been, the pork being succulent and tender, the braised trotter adding bite and flavour to the dish. It came served with a gravy and a wonderful tasting champ which is, if you’ve never tasted it, a potato mashed with scallions, butter, milk, salt & pepper and quite delicious.

The British are known for their love of puddings and here there are a whole host on offer. From nursery favourites such as treacle tart with nutmeg cream through to more sophisticated choices such as cherry sherry trifle and strawberry Eton Mess. Blancmange is a sort of English joke pudding which at Stoke Place they are very keen on reviving and giving it some respect and credibility. In fact when made properly it is a fine delicacy, with buttermilk, yoghurt, crème fraiche, and a dash of orange - resulting in an absolute treat and which I thoroughly enjoyed every creamy spoonful. My guest commented his Eton Mess was truly excellent, in fact, possibly the best he’d ever eaten!

There is an extensive wine list offering plenty of choice at all prices. Wines by the glass start at £4.50, House wines from £18.50 a bottle. There is also a speciality cocktail list which I shall have to try on another occasion. Perhaps when I return to try out the stylish boutique bedrooms upstairs which I toured afterwards. My favourite being the Alexander Suite - with its plasma TV and luxurious hedonistic interior making it the perfect place to hole up for a couple of nights of luxury living in between popping downstairs for good quality food and plenty of those cocktails.

Sunday lunch for two with wine is about £70.00
Alexander Suite from £250 including breakfast.

Louise Elgin. June 2008


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