The Garden Room’s taster menu… a culinary event to remember
It’s Friday night and I’m at Dormy House with my lovely friend, Sarah, a fellow foodie and the perfect companion for what will surely be a culinary event to remember. We’re about to enjoy the 7-course taster menu in The Garden Room, where Head Chef Sam Bowser and Culinary Director Martin Burge have created menus packed full of the most wonderful flavour combinations.
We start the evening off in style in one of the cosy lounges at Dormy House with drinks and pre-dinner snacks. This is a super way to set the mood for what will be one of the most memorable culinary experiences we’ve had the pleasure of enjoying.
The highest level of service
The service level at Dormy House as well as sister properties The Fish Hotel and Foxhill Manor, is always high. From the super sweet guy manning the door who greets us as we get out of our car and the lounge staff who serve up our lovely pre-dinner drinks to the waiters and sommeliers in The Garden Room who expertly help us navigate the menu and choose the right wines with the 21 mouth-watering dishes on the menu, of which we have to choose the 7 that speak especially to our taste buds, we are so well looked after from start to finish.
We start the evening’s stroll down culinary wonderfulness with an amuse bouche followed by the hot smoked duck breast starter. It is delicious, accompanied by Morello cherry, fried curry leaves and heritage beetroot, we savour every delicious and well balanced mouthful.
Coming back for more
From duck breast to scallops with caramelised bacon and pickled grapes, the 3rd dish of this 7-course menu are little heavenly bites, so well prepared and well balanced, we absolutely love this dish as well. The main is next and we both chose the roast sirloin of beef with braised oxtail and bone marrow. At this point every new dish has been an outstanding experience and the sirloin beef is no exception. Served with an incredibly tasty jus, this is the kind of main course that will keep you coming back for more. It is followed by a pre-dessert, a little pallet cleanser that has the intended effect and now we’re ready for cheese and pudding.
Where do we find the room?
The cheese course is next and this is served from a cheese cart with a selection of cheeses that will make any cheese connoisseur’s mouth water. We choose to try every single kind of cheese (where we find room for them, I will never know, but WE DO!) and they are all outstanding, a cheese lover’s dream.
The sweet, sweet finish
And now it’s finally time for the sweet finish, the dessert. We both choose chocolate pave with lemon and thyme ice cream and it is the perfect finish to the perfect meal. Light and airy, perfectly balanced, delicious and just plain scrummy!
It’s time to share
3 hours has just flown by and what a fantastic food experience we have just enjoyed in The Garden Room at Dormy House. We leave happy, full and excited to go home and get to share our experience with our friends, families and you!
Sunday Lunch at the Dormy
The Garden Room is open every night for dinner from 7pm to 9.30pm and for Sunday Lunch on Sundays from 1pm to 2.30pm. Having just had a look at the Sunday Lunch menu HERE, The Garden Room has just gone straight to the top of the list of the places we need to visit for Sunday Lunch in the Cotswolds.