Masterchef Finalist at Sudbury House Hotel

Plus a special discount for FLBC members

Sudbury House Hotel celebrates the new Magnolia restaurant offering with a special discount for FLBClub members.

Sudbury Hotel Hotel in Faringdon has two new restaurant offerings under the guidance of Masterchef Finalist, Nick Bennett.

Magnolia, which serves modern British food with classical roots, has launched a new menu based on fresh ingredients with a strong focus on traceability and provenance. The informal restaurant with the potential to seat 100 guests includes an extensive terrace area for al fresco dining and service includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. All day dining will be available throughout the hotel. The new selection of dishes at Magnolia include a Cornish crab and fennel cocktail, Caraway crackers with mango salsa; Kelmscott pork fillet, braised coco beans, chorizo and parsley; and a passion fruit and coconut ‘Neat Eton’.

Nick Bennett has developed classic dishes with a modern adaptation e.g. a Caesar salad to garnish a roast Cotswold chicken terrine, which encases all the flavours of a thyme and garlic butter-roasted chicken, consisting of a cos lettuce, infused with rapeseed oil and garlic, dressed with Parmesan, Caesar mayonnaise and sourdough croutons.

Magnolia also offers hand-rolled Pizzas using the finest Caputo ‘00’ flour. Cooked in a wood-fired Gosney oven in the open kitchen, the pizzas are topped with locally sourced meats, cheeses and vegetables.

The team at Magnolia is working with producers and suppliers from the local and surrounding areas to offer guests the best of local produce.

Restaurant 56 – the second dining experience at Sudbury House Hotel – is offering guests the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea in the original adjoining Regency house and, during the year, will host special wine and food tasting events. It is also available for weddings and other special occasions.

Both restaurants will be overseen by Nick Bennett, who has worked in some of the country’s most dynamic kitchens, including Mallory Court and The Curlew. Bennett is also well-known for his appearances on ‘Masterchef: The Professionals’ in 2015, where he made the final. He said: “I’m really excited to be able to offer guests food, which they all know and love, but with a bit of a difference. For me, a dining experience is all about making sure guests are comfortable and relaxed. Ultimately, we want them to know that they can come into the restaurant, enjoy some great food, and treat the place like their own home. That’s why we’ve developed a menu which lets people choose exactly how they want to eat. I live locally and know that there is some fantastic produce we can use in our menus and I can’t wait to try it all out in our new menus.”

Ronan Hunter, general manager at Sudbury House Hotel, added: “We are very excited about the restaurant as we believe there is a real need for this sort of food offer locally. As a progressive business, we don’t believe in standing still, so we wanted to develop a food offer which reflects the latest restaurant trends. As many people will know, Nick is a very talented chef and we are very excited about some of the brilliant food he is going to cook for our guests.”

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