Restaurant Review: Olivier's, Woburn

For a lavish lunch, editor Clare Bourke pops over the border to the stylish Olivier's restaurant in Woburn

Oliver's at The InnGeorge Street, WoburnBedfordshire MK17 9PX01525 290441www.woburn.co.uk/inn

This is an independent review featuring a restaurant selected and experienced by the editor. The restaurant was not told it was being reviewed.

About the restaurantHaving gained two AA Rosettes, it is clear Olivier’s Restaurant at The Inn at Woburn is gaining its place on the map. Head chef, Olivier Bertho, prides himself on providing top quality contemporary English and continental cuisine.

First impressionsThe Inn at Woburn is right in the heart of the village, close to the entrance to the famous Woburn Abbey. The building is not particularly imposing and it is hard to believe a fine dining restaurant will be housed inside but once shown through to the restaurant it is clear to see why Olivier’s is gaining quite a following.

Atmosphere and d�corStylish elegance is immediately apparent and the welcome is extremely warm and inviting. The d�cor is contemporary with clean lines and uncluttered tables while the walls are adorned with caricatures and mementoes.

ServiceAll the staff are attentive and informed, and all are quick to offer advice and ensure each diner is made to feel like a valued customer. The service was quick and efficient but not rushed.

The menuOlivier’s offers a lunch menu on every day of the week but Sunday’s is that little bit more lavish. The descriptions of the dishes make your mouth water as you read the menu and there is plenty of variety to satisfy most tastes.

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To startMy husband and I both spied the Salmon Gravadlax with crispy potato cake and horseradish cr�me fra�che (�7.20) but I let him have first choice and instead opted for the Red Onion Tatin, herb rosemary quenelle and onion marmalade pinwheel with watercress salsa verde (�6.95). And I was glad I did. The tatin was delicate and accompanied perfectly by the quenelle and the sauce. I was not so enamoured by the pinwheel however as this was very strongly flavoured, overpowering the other more delicate flavours. The salmon was also delicate with a light citrus addition and the potato cake nicely crisp on top. The presentation of both was faultless.

For mainAs it was a Sunday I opted for the Roast Chicken served with gravy, roast potatoes and mixed vegetables (�10.95). The chicken was tender and falling off the bone and came with a huge Yorkshire pudding and crisp vegetables. My husband chose the Grilled Tournedos of Sirloin Steak with flat cap mushroom stuffed with porcini served with lyonnaise potatoes, watercress and beef jus (�16.95). It was cooked perfectly to medium and well complimented by the mushrooms.

To finishI chose one of my favourites, Lemon Tart served with raspberry sorbet (�6.50) and was pleased I did as it was delightfully light and fluffy. My husband opted for the Dessert of the Day which was apple and blackberry pie with vanilla ice cream and rhubarb syrup (�6.95) and was a great ending to the rest of his meal.

Our experienceOlivier’s is an indulgent choice for Sunday lunch and you will need your appetite for this one. The value for money is excellent and we came away fit to burst but delighted with everything we had eaten.

The cost of a three-course lunch for two was �66 including two glasses of French Tavel 2008 ros� wine and a complimentary bottle of sparkling water. Service was not included.

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