Relaxed luxury near Bristol
The discerning diners of Thornbury rejoiced when chef Ron Faulkner opened this refined-yet-rustic dining venture in 2007, as it’s the type of exceptional neighbourhood restaurant every foodie dreams of having in their home town.
Ronnie scoured the South West for the perfect spot to establish his first venue which, it transpired,wasn’t a buzzy restaurant in one of the big cities but a Grade II-listed former schoolhouse in the market town of Thornbury.
In the 16 years since, Ronnie and team have built a loyal following for their polished, modern British food which showcases local, seasonal ingredients. The evening tasting menu is the restaurant’s star attraction and takes diners on a culinary adventure with dishes like line-caught sea bass with asparagus, samphire, brown shrimp and saffron aioli. There are two-course (£45) and three-course (£55) à la carte options too, but the tasting menu is such good value at £65 that you’d be foolish to pass on the offer.
Wine is another of the chef’s great passions, so naturally there’s a superb wine list and flight to match the food. Expect to find a healthy selection of English bottles on the line-up (the Woodchester Valley Cuvée is particularly special and produced just 20 miles away), as well as more eclectic finds from lesser-known regions and countries.
Trencherman’s tip: Other excuses to visit Ronnie’s are the next-level Sunday lunch and the express menu of three informal lunch courses.