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Top 14 best cosy restaurants that feel like home | by Tony Naylor
Autumn is upon us, folks. The temperature is plummeting and the nights are drawing in. It’s time to retreat to a cosy pub with a toasty log fire or a restaurant where the food is so sunny it feels like summer never ended. Here’s our pick of the best…

October 31, 2016

11) Perfect place to get stranded

The Whitebrook, nr. Monmouth

The Whitebrook Jerusalmen artichokes

Step outside this Michelin-starred restaurant-with-rooms and you’re in the middle-of-nowhere, on a steep hillside under a blanket of stars, overlooking a narrow country lane that’s apt to get icy in winter. All is warm and luxurious in its beautifully lit dining room. Despite its wooden beams and period features, it’s crisp and modish, and Chris Harrod wows guests with dishes that make creative use of hyper-local and foraged ingredients – everything from boletus mushrooms to pine (which is also used to infuse a house gin).

Expect seasonal dishes such as venison with celeriac and mugwort-smoked-beetroot and the return of Chris’s signature dish of roasted jerusalem artichokes with thickened goat’s curd, foraged mushrooms, aged parmesan, nuts, seeds and various forest herbs. “Thankfully, no one has been stranded since I’ve owned The Whitebrook, but it would be an idyllic place to be cut off from the world.” says Chris.

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