Dewsall court is located in the foodie area of Hereford, near to Ludlow food festival, the Duchy of Cornwall and Chase distillery. The enormous house, surrounded by gardens, stone mushrooms, and at this time of year, bright autumnal foliage, bristles with hygge, the Danish trend for cosiness and comfort.
Wood fires fill the house with the aromas of bonfire night. The dining takes place in the 'silk room' a round cream coloured space with a large glowing chandelier and hand painted wallpaper as well as the lengthy light filled conservatory.
The night I went, after a complicated trip (mainly due to my own stupidity, I went to the wrong station) from London to Birmingham and then through picturesque countryside to Hereford station, there were 68 diners digging into a home made meal by Indian chef Romy Gill.
Romy recently was awarded an MBE for services to cooking by the Queen. She's small, pretty, dark haired and smiley. Here is her menu:
Indian gin and tonic
Samosa on a bed of cachumber salad (rather like a salsa but Indian).
Indian spiced smoked mackerel
Lamb curry, dahl, rice
Paneer and sweet peppers, dahl and rice (v)
Cardamom brownie with rose icecream
I also chatted with Dewsall owner Sam Robinson who is possibly my culinary twin: we feel exactly the same way about food. She was inspired by my book Supper Club and decided to do regular suppers 'Dinner parties at Dewsall' at her family home. (The family no longer live in the house but nearby).
Dinners cost £57 a head plus £18 a head matching wine menu.
To stay the night costs £155 for dinner, bed and breakfast.
It's the perfect place for weddings, Christmas or New Year. The kitchen has an aga, a dresser with gorgeous blue and white china, plate racks, a huge fireplace and table. The 10 bedroom house, some of which have four poster beds, is available for rent for 10k for a weekend. Therefore the offer of supper club and stay is quite reasonable if you don't have the money to rent the whole place.
Website: Dewsall Court
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