Elegant escapism near Bath
Wind your way up the tree-lined driveway that runs through the 500 acres surrounding Lucknam Park to discover one of England’s most astonishingly beautiful country house hotels.
Elegance is the watchword at this Palladian mansion house, yet the experience isn’t pretentious. Contemporary elements such as the luxury spa and a relaxed Brasserie provide an alternative to the decadent dining experience at Restaurant Hywel Jones.
The latter is the reason Lucknam has retained a Michelin star for 16 consecutive years and why gourmets flock to this Wiltshire gem. And the best way to explore Hywel’s culinary prowess is to plump for the seasonal tasting menu.
Any dining occasion at the hotel should start with cocktails in the drawing room where you can lose yourself in the beautiful objets d’art, sumptuous furnishings and views over the manicured gardens before taking a seat in the dining room.
For a casual lunch (or a laid-back supper after an afternoon in the spa), the contemporary Brasserie offers wood-fired delights such as roast Cornish hake with capers, brown shrimps, lemon and parsley, and puds like Bramley apple-crumble tart with rum and raisin custard. When the weather’s good, huge bi-fold windows open to create an alfresco dining vibe which is fitting in the garden setting.
Trencherman’s tip: Lucknam is just a short drive from the busy city of Bath, providing a wonderful escape after a day of sightseeing