Chilterns – Restaurants

Members and visitors are encouraged to patronise these restaurants, you will be assured of a good welcome and great food. When you do so, please let the staff know that you are a member of the Chaîne, or if a visitor, that you found them through the Bailliage de Grande Bretagne website.

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Cliveden House

Cliveden is a privately owned 5 Red Star award-winning hotel and is the sister hotel to the world-renowned Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa in Hampshire.

One of the world’s finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent National Trust managed Grade I listed formal gardens and parkland. Cliveden has wonderful panoramic views over the River Thames and is one of the finest luxury hotels near London and Heathrow Airport.

Queen Victoria, was a frequent guest and was "not amused" when the house was bought by William Waldorf Astor, America’s richest citizen. When he gave it to his son and daughter-in-law Nancy Astor in 1906, Cliveden became the hub of a hectic social whirl, where notable guests included everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, and President Roosevelt to George Bernard Shaw.

Today, the kitchen brigade is headed by Michelin starred Executive Chef Andre Garrett, and was the venue for the 2015 Grand Chapitre Diner Amical

Cliveden House & Pavilion Spa,
Telephone 00 44 1628 668561

Danesfield House Hotel and Spa

There has been a house on the site since the 18th century, allegedly built on the site of a Danish encampment (hence “Danes-field”). The current house has been there since 1900 and is set on a magnificent 65 acre site, high in the Chiltern Hills and overlooking the River Thames. The hotel has a total of 87 rooms and suites and is a stunning venue for events and weddings, it most recently hosted the wedding of film star George Clooney

Dining at Danesfield House is run by Executive Head Chef Billy Reid who turns simple ingredients into well executed modern British food served in the surroundings of the Oak Room, the Orangery and in the warmer months outside on the sun-drenched terrace.

The 2015 Grand Chapitre Welcome Dinner took place in the Versailles Room

Danesfield House Hotel and Spa has received numerous highly-regarded awards and accreditations over the years, including: • Michelin Star awarded in Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2012 • Hotel Chef of the Year, Great Britain 2011, awarded by The Hotel Cateys • Voted 12th top UK Restaurant in Good Food Guide 2011 • Winner - Most Excellent Hotel Meeting Venue UK 2010, Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence • Winner - Most Relaxing Spa UK 2011, Natural Health Magazine Spa Awards • Winner - Most Excellent Spa in the UK, Condé Nast Johansens • Danesfield House owns and operates Spa Illuminata in Mayfair, voted UK Day Spa of the Year 2009, Condé Nast Traveller Readers Awards

Danesfield House Hotel and Spa Henley Road
Telephone 44 (0) 1628 891010


L’Ortolan restaurant is in the beautiful village of Shinfield just outside Reading. As well as the main dining room, it has 3 private dining rooms, each with its own style.

The building was built in 1840 and started its life as a school, but for 37 years it has been a restaurant and home to 5 Michelin starred chefs. Richard Sandford was awarded the first Michelin star in 1982 and since then the famous names on the pass have been Nico Ladenis, John Burton Race, Daniel Galmiche, Alan Murchison and the current chef, Tom Clarke, has been awarded his first Michelin star.

The restaurant has 3 AA rosettes and is in its 14 consecutive year with a Michelin star.

L’Ortolan Restaurant Church Ln,
Contact Restuarant Manager
Telephone +44(0)1189888500
Website http://

The Fat Duck

What more can be said about Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck? Opened in 1995, awarded its third Michelin star in January 2004, voted Best Restaurant in the World 2005, and it still consistently ranks high in the annual World’s Best Restaurant list.

A self-taught chef, Heston Blumenthal’s route to the top has been an unconventional one, involving rule-breaking, unusual experiments and an exploding oven.

Heston has been described as a culinary alchemist for his innovative style of cuisine, and has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by The University of Reading for his dedicated research and commitment to the exploration of culinary science.

Situated in the pretty village of Bray, this former pub possesses an understated charm with low ceiling and decorated with large gold and purple canvases. Furnishing is simple, the tables are beautifully set and spaced for intimate dining. There is no bar or lounge area so it’s straight to the table for that first drink and the menu.

The Fat Duck High Street Bray
Contact Isa Bal
Telephone 01628 580333
Website http://www.the

The French Horn, Sonning

Originally a coaching inn, The French Horn has been providing hospitality for over 200 years.

Now a restaurant with rooms, it has been run by the Emmanuel family since 1972, when it was bought by restaurateurs Ronnie and Carole Emmanuel. The French Horn is now run by their son and daughter, Michael and Elaine. Michael trained in Lyon under Paul Bocuse and in Mougins under Roger Verge.

He and Elaine then opened a restaurant in London which was awarded with a prestigious Michelin star.

Michael and Elaine’s great-grandfather was an oysterman in Whitstable. His son, Bernard Walsh, moved to London and opened Wheelers, the famous fish restaurant, which later expanded to a number of seafood restaurants across the capital.

Bernard’s daughter Carole carried on the family food tradition by training in Paris and then at La Pyramide in Vienne. Her husband, Ronnie Emmanuel, took over Wheelers, while Carole bought The French Horn. The family have also owned oyster beds in Colchester and lobster fisheries in Scotland; and they bring their understanding of seafood to The French Horn’s menu

The family’s passions for fresh ingredients and French cooking can be felt in every dish that comes from The French Horn’s kitchens. This combined with Michael’s skills at developing a splendid wine cellar make dining at The French Horn a real pleasure.

The French Horn, Sonning on Thames,
Berkshire, RG4 6TN
Telephone 0118 944 2210