The restaurant is run by husband and wife team Marcus (Gus) and Kate Ashenford, and the restaurant has held a Michelin star since opening in 2003. On the website they talk of sourcing ingredients from the local area, meat from the Cotswold Hills, fruit and veg from the Vale of Eversham and knowing their suppliers well does seem important to them.
Also, very thoughtfully, with chive oil appearing on one of our chosen starters, this was replaced in one of the soup cups to avoid repetition.
Tea smoked duck breast, confit spiced leg with plum chutney also delivered. The spicing on the leg was perfectly balanced, as was the tea smoke on the breast, while the chutney, crisp apple and greens provided the appropriate fresh and acidic counterpoint.
The Cotswolds are reasonably well blessed with places to eat, and 5 North Street definitely deserves to be included amongst the top rank. On a cold winter's day, to enjoy comforting local food while looking out to Winchcombe life passing by the windows feels like a real treat. And with prices offering real value, for anyone staying or living in the area, this is surely a must visit restaurant.
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