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Ston Easton Park, The Painting Room Brasserie Review

Son Easton Park Hotel
Ston Easton Park true to its name is set in acres of rolling parkland with unspoiled landscape as far as the eye can see. It’s the quintessential setting for all the truly English events you can think of, afternoon tea, Sunday lunch, walking your dog o’er the fields and beyond in borrowed Wellingtons with a child or two in tow and looking forward to returning to the comfort of their lounge. We love it, and were delighted to find that they have now opened the Painting Room Brasserie with a new lunch menu.

Taking advantage of the spring sunshine we took up residence on the rather smart wicker garden furniture in front of the house, with Oscar the hotel dog for company loved by all he is a portly gentleman that divides his time fairly between all the guests. It’s a finely constructed menu with a few neat twists, plenty to keep the vegetarians happy and a good selection of puddings. To start we chose classic chicken Caesar salad and who could resist hand-picked Cornish crab with fennel slaw salad. For the main course it was a hard decision for me between mussels in cream white wine sauce or fish of the day (cod) battered or pan fried. I decided on traditional fish and chips with crushed peas, tartar sauce and hand-cut chips and my husband the pan fried rib eye steak with peppercorn sauce, tomato, mushrooms and mixed salad.
Ston Eston Park Hotel 

We could have eaten outside if we wished but we weren’t quite hardy enough for that and retreated to the comfort of the Painting Room with peaceful views over the grounds. Our starters arrived beautifully plated and especially in the case of the Caesar salad were enormous. They were both delicious, the delicate flavour of the crab not overtaken by the fennel and the Caesar salad was lovely but due to its size I could only manage about half.

The time just flew as we eavesdropped on some American guests who naturally were enchanted by just about everything, and then our main courses were served looking a treat. I really enjoyed my fish with just the right amount of crispy batter and the freshly crushed peas were a delight. Happily the steak was cooked rare to perfection as requested (when it comes to how to cook steak my husband’s middle name is Moan a Lot and almost nobody gets it right so he was impressed) and the peppercorn sauce was excellent.

We finished with desserts of classic lemon tart with raspberry sorbet and chocolate brownie with homemade ice-cream; these two exquisite sugary confections were a sublime end to a lovely lunch, concluding as we had begun in the gardens with a double espresso.

Jacquie Vowles
Ston Easton park Hotel  

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