Exclusive Collection unveils new restaurant plans
Exclusive Collection has revealed details of the new restaurants opening at its properties this spring: Hillfield Restaurant & Bar, which will be 'an ode to Surrey produce' at Pennyhill Park (pictured below); and The Wellhouse at Lainston House (pictured above), a casual, evening-only dining experience focused on seasonal wood-fired cooking.
The developments signal the hospitality operator's reinvestment back into its properties while doors have been closed, ahead of the anticipated busy summer months ahead when UK staycations are set to boom.
Hillfield Restaurant & Bar at the five-star Pennyhill Park will sit alongside the property's existing Michelin-starred restaurant Latymer. Lewis Russell's menus will feature produce from its own estate, the Surrey hills and wider county - with a focus on working with farmers to commit to high welfare, sustainability and preserving the landscape.
As part of the redevelopment, Pennyhill Park will also unveil a new alfresco dining spot, Lily Pond, which will open from midday to 8pm daily, with a focus on wood-fired cooking including flatbreads, hot soups and warm meat sandwiches, accompanied by garden infused spirits, mixers and pitchers.
Lily Pond will operate in the warmer months and can also be hired out for exclusive outdoor entertaining.
The Wellhouse will open in the evenings at Grade II listed 17th Century manor Lainston House in Hampshire, which has been part of the Exclusive Collection since 1983.
The hotel is already home to The Avenue restaurant in the main house, and the new culinary addition will launch in an outbuilding already known for hosting the hotel's cookery school.
With Phil Yeomans at the helm, The Wellhouse's wood-fired menu will take inspiration from the hotel’s kitchen garden as well as the produce found in the county including meat, fish, dairy, wines and spirits, notably from River Test Chalkstream and River Itchen.
Exclusive Collection's portfolio includes six award-winning restaurants - two with Michelin stars - afternoon teas at every property, wine tasting experiences, a cookery school and private dining rooms.