Located on the quaint high-street of Waddesdon, The Five Arrows is a Grade II listed Hotel and Restaurant by the gates of Waddesdon Manor, serving British classics with a twist. We dropped in for a well-earned meal after our walk through the hills of the estate, and where better to go and eat than the restaurant that was originally built as part of the Waddesdon estate itself?
Designed as a coaching inn to accommodate the architects and craftsman working on the manor itself, The Five Arrows was commissioned by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, the name deriving from the Rothschild family emblem: a shield surmounted by five arrows. As a result, the interior has retained its classy décor, but without pushing into the realms of the posh; despite the classiness, we didn’t feel underdressed in our casual clothing. The staff were welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu, assisting in helping with dietary requests. We had a quick browse of their extensive wine list (an impressively large collection) before we got into the main event of the food menu.
The Five Arrows features a varied and exciting menu featuring ingredients from local suppliers and seasonal vegetables from Eythrope, with everything from chickpea and slow roasted tomato salad all the way through to quince glazed duck breast. We opted for a butternut squash risotto, a seasonal special, and kedgeree, finishing with a chocolate tart for dessert, all of which was fantastically flavoursome and prepared with the aesthetics in mind. Despite the complexity of the food, service was quick and attentive, and every effort was made to make sure we were comfortable and happy.
The prices fall into the upper-medium category but, with the relaxing atmosphere of the restaurant, the quality of the food and the wonderful views of the lovely little village outside, it’s more than reasonable. So, if you’re making the pilgrimage up to the manor, don’t forget to check in for a hearty meal at The Five Arrows first!
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