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Clos du Marquis

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at The Leckford Hutt

A30 London Rd

Nr Stockbridge, SO20 6DE

Tel: 01264 810738

Website:closdumarquis.co.uk

Gluten free: Just ask

Parking: Own car park

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

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Recently we enjoyed a fabulous lunch at one of our favourite places, the authentic French restaurant Clos du Marquis. We have been going there for many years but on this visit we knew we would not see the irrepressible founder Germain. Because of ill health he has, along with his wife Glanis, retired to the sun having passed the Clos into the very capable hands of Garth and Maranda who were their next in command. Maranda was already doing most of the cooking even on our last visit 2 years ago and Garth has always been the rather gorgeous Front of House! (Sorry Maranda!)

We were warmly greeted, it was so good to be back! As it was such a lovely day we chose to sit straight at our very nice table by the French windows. Hopefully they will eventually be allowed to use their al fresco dining area…. because its a listed building at the moment they cant…. didn’t people who lived back in those “listed” times ever want to eat outside???

Our wine choice, a pale and dry rosé from the Languedoc area was very reasonably priced at £20. We had some delightful canapés to nibble whilst perusing the menu.

Their Le Menu du Terroir has a choice of two courses for £21.50. There are 4 choices of starters and 5 of main courses and the dishes of the day change according to what is seasonal. (Both this menu and the A la carte are on their web site.)

After a lot of deliberation for our starters we chose: Salade de queues d’écrevisses aux épices créole et mangue, Salad of crayfish tails with creole spices and mango. Rognons d’agneau, sauce diable, Cassolette of lamb kidneys, devilled sauce. Starter of the moment, Green Asparagus with marinated Salmon, asparagus and dill sauce.

For mains:  Rôti de croupe de Hampshire agneau à la menthe et à l’ail, Roast rump of Hampshire lamb with mint and garlic. Seasonal main course Veal Parcels in a tomato and truffle sauce. Fresh fish of the day Tilapia with a white wine and cream sauce and SM went completely mad and ordered Homard de Cornuouaille,Thermidor, Cornwall Lobster, Thermidor style from the a la carte!

For dessert: we shared 2 puds, 4 scoops of their delicious home made ice cream, blueberry, raspberry, vanilla and chocolate and a Warm Breton Flan with prunes macerated in Armagnac and finished with coffees.

The food here just gets better and better, satisfying all the senses, it’s flavoursome, aromatic and beautifully presented! And its plentiful, such generous portions, sure to please the largest appetite.

We highly recommend Clos du Marquis! Garth and Maranda are keeping up the wonderful standard we have grown to expect and even improving on it. Judging by how busy they were their regulars obviously agree with us; we wish them lots of luck!

Ladies Who Lunch: Clos du Marquis scoring

award.gold LWL Gold Award awarded June 2014

Cost £££££££

5/5 Quality of food

5/5 Variety of menu

5/5 Staff and service

4/5 Ambiance and décor

4/5 Value for money

23/25 Total yummy factor. Review CM

Ladies Who Lunch: score key

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.

The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).

5/5 Cannot be improved upon

4/5 Very good

3/5 Good

2/5 Satisfactory

1/5 Poor

0/5 Terrible

If you visit, please tell them that Ladies Who Lunch in Hampshire sent you!