Have I found a restaurant for you! My new favourite is Stovell’s in Chobham.
The ambiance is one of cozy elegance. The food, contemporary European, stylish and quality.
It was a typical gloomy autumn day when we drove into the pretty village of Chobham.
Stovell’s is homed in a 16th century Tudor farmhouse which, for me, meant the experience began the moment we were welcomed through the old wooden door.
The restaurant is on the left but I was drawn towards the appealing bar on the right.
I made a mental note that if I were to come back I would arrive early for an aperitif in front of this charming fire. It really is very cozy in here.
They serve a lovely selection of cocktails (and you know I love a cocktail).
But pride of place is Stovell’s WILDCRAFTED gin (one for you James – my son, for those of you who haven’t met him yet).
With a huge grin on my face (happy this was turning out to be a gem) we entered the very elegant dining room.
Hubby eyed the Iberico de Bellota and I got one of his ‘girl did good’ looks. This was ‘high fiving’ with the eyes.
The smart looking staff worked around us with grace to match the surroundings. We were made welcome and enjoyed our waitor’s light talk as they saw to our needs.
The menu came as various options. You could have a set menu, a tasting menu (always tempting), a la carte.
We simply couldn’t ignore this incredible sounding 140 day Cote de Boeuf. It’s the use of the words wood fire, ancient, grape vines, wine barrels…
Hubby always looks forward to the bread (personally it’s desserts for me). But we were both delighted as a contemporary display of wonderful bread arrived with some lightly spiced pumpkin soup.
I looved the smoked butter and slathered it over a warm linseed roll.
The wonderfully light crispy cracker was cracking (thank you) with the yogurt and lime dressing.
Hubby enjoyed some bread and dripping, updated to 2015 with a little zest.
The whole thing was fun. We were spreading, squirting and slurping (as politely as possibly) as we happily chatted about it all.
Our starters arrived. The Iberico ham was served with just a little sprinkling of Parmesan. Such a simple idea but it enhanced the flavour beautifully. ‘Wow’, says Hubby, he’s gonna copy this at home.
My scallop starter was almost too pretty to eat. If it wasn’t for the very tempting aroma rising from the plate.
The service throughout was seamless and the meal felt like it flowed from one event to another.
I loved the way the meals were presented. Each time was a thrill.
Keeping warm over chunks of slow burning wood meant we could take our time over the beef (or Boeuf, which suits it better).
For us, the slices of Boeuf with the hollandaise sauce was the focus. The meat was juicy, tender and flavoursome and that hollandaise made us finally get what the fuss about this famous French sauce was about. It was the best I’d ever had and I finished it up using the (rather fantastic) duck fat chips.
Getting full, but we had taken our time and there was no way I was passing up dessert after a meal as good as that.
Hubby ordered the rather innocent sounding citrus. I went for the dark chocolate (in for a penny in for a pound).
Hubby’s was delightful. He especially liked the Amalfi lemon curd.
My dessert was less like a mousse and more like a soup. But the most incredibly indulgent, intensely chocolaty soup I’d ever tasted.
Finishing this wonderfully relaxing and special meal with coffee we were treated to some sweet morsels. A crisp yet soft chocolate-mint macaroon and the wonderfully fruity jelly were too irresistible for me.
On the way home we were already discussing when we could return. New Years? My birthday? Valentines day?
Find an excuse too (if you need one), grab a partner and get yourself to Stovell’s Chobham
You won’t regret it. It’s a meal you’ll remember.
125 Windsor Road,
+44 (01)1276 858 000